Latest Kia Stonic teaser confirms October debut plus some details

Updated Nov 27, 2020 | Same topic: Automotive Industry Updates

Another subcompact crossover is coming our way.     

Kia has confirmed the arrival of its Stonic subcompact crossover to the Philippine market, with a scheduled touchdown sometime in October. A brief 15-second teaser video reveals the Stonic’s appearance and little else, but it’s enough to whet the appetite of those who are already eagerly awaiting the arrival of Kia’s latest model.

Kia Stonic reveal

The teaser image only shows the front view of the PH-spec Stonic due in October

The video starts off by showing the outline of the Kia Stonic’s exterior lighting, made by the primary LED daytime running lights up top and a secondary pair of boomerang-shaped ones on the front bumper, accompanied by the outline of the chrome grille surrounds.

As the image brightens, the viewer is treated to a glimpse of the Stonic’s B-segment glory, with a sculpted hood leading to projector headlamps surrounding a blacked-out grille. A faux skid plate spans the width of the black bumper lip down below.

The exterior mirrors are also blacked-out as well, carrying turn signal repeaters. Blacked-out A-pillars extend to the roof that mounts a pair of roof rails for a sporty look. Only a sneak peek of the cabin’s five seats is available, before the entire image blacks out again and the video announces the new Stonic’s arrival.

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Expect a two-tone body color to go with the Targa-like design

The rear detail wasn't shown, but Kia Philippines mentions reverse sensors and a rear camera as part of standard equipment. Inside, the Kia Stonic will reportedly come a touchscreen head unit that features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, along with multiple storage bins to stow items securely. Electronic Stability Control and Hill Start Assist will give the Stonic confidence in tackling a range of driving conditions.       

There are some points to consider as far as the upcoming model is concerned. For starters, we won’t be getting the slightly facelifted model, which packs a pair of LED headlamps in place of the projectors similar to those found on the Seltos.

Another is that the Stonic won’t be equipped with fog lamps (at least as far as the teaser image shows us). If the second pair of LED DRLs is bright enough, they could suffice after all. And then, customers can expect a two-tone exterior hue, with either black or white complementing the primary body color.

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Stonic diesel engine

Could a diesel-powered Stonic be in the cards for our market?

The Stonic has already gained recognition overseas, receiving the iF Design and Red Dot honors on its debut year in 2018. "The all-new Kia Stonic is set to change the subcompact SUV game with its youthful styling and impressive list of tech and safety features," says Kia Philippines president Manny Aligada. "Its award-winning design should likewise appeal to young buyers looking for a feature-packed crossover that is as trendy as their modern lifestyle."   

The more pressing question is what the Stonic would be packing under the hood. If the global-spec model were any indication, we could be looking at a choice of three gasoline engines (one of them turbocharged) and one diesel mill. If the latter does find its way here, the competition has every reason to be concerned. October can’t arrive soon enough.

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Kia Stonic

<p>Kia Motors Philippines has expanded its model lineup as it introduced the Stonic subcompact crossover that features a sharp and youthful-looking design. The Kia Stonic is set to go up against other subcompact crossovers in the market such as the Ford EcoSport, Nissan Juke, Mazda CX-3, among others. Bearing a sporty, modern look and fitted with the latest innovations, you can expect nothing less from Kia Philippines&rsquo; Stonic subcompact crossover. The Stonic is offered in three variants with a starting standard retail price of Php 735,000 for the LX MT. While the mid LX AT variant is priced at Php 835,000, and the top-spec EX AT at Php 925,000. Kia Philippines is also offering a five-year or 160,000 km warranty for the Stonic. Also available is a free 24/7 Roadside Assistance, which includes towing, minor on-site repairs, medical assistance, and personal assistance.</p>

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Joseph Paolo Estabillo

Joseph Paolo Estabillo


Joseph has been a member of various car clubs since he got his driver's license in 2004 – old enough to remember riding in taxicabs with analog meters, but his fascination with cars goes way back. After nearly two decades of working in broadcast media, he shifted gears by coming on board as Philkotse’s first Filipino member and staff writer in 2017.

Apart from his role in Philkotse as Content Team Lead, Joseph has written episodes for Drive, which has been airing on CNN Philippines for five seasons running. He has also delivered content for various car dealerships based in the U.S., spanning multiple brands such as Alfa Romeo, Maserati, Jeep, Dodge, among others.

Keeping his hopes high and his revs low, he dreams about owning a Kei car when he retires. Hates slow parkers.

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