2021 Kia Stonic gets more stylish with GT Line

Updated Oct 09, 2020 | Same topic: Automotive Industry Updates

Kia’s subcompact crossover becomes even fancier.

Last month, Kia Philippines confirmed that the Stonic will be launched in the Philippine market soon. Even its variants and initial price tags have been revealed, and there’s even an ongoing pre-launch discount offer if one reserved before October 15.

While we’re set to get the Stonic locally soon, Kia introduced a GT Line version of the said subcompact crossover for the European market. It includes the new Stonic GT-Line and GT Line S. As the names indicate, they stand out a bit from the regular Stonic.

A picture of the Kia Stonic GT-Line.

Check out the Stonic GT-Line's color scheme

Under the hood, both of these Kia Stonic GT Line variants use the new “EcoDynamics+” mild-hybrid powertrain. The said powertrain’s internal combustion component is the new “Smartstream” 1.0-liter T-GDI engine that enables the car to enter a “generator” mode to recharge the car’s on-board battery when free-wheeling and decelerating.

When you give it power, like when accelerating, the system enters a “motor” mode. In this mode, the generator will help the combustion engine thus reducing emissions. It’s a seamless system and will switch in-between modes automatically.

The electronic component is a 48-volt lithium-ion battery and a Mild Hybrid Starter Generator. The system may come with the new intelligent Manual Transmission (i-MT), or a seven-speed double-clutch transmission (DCT). With the DCT, the EcoDynamics+ powertrain can provide a maximum of 118 horsepower and 200 Nm of torque. It wasn’t stated outright by Kia, but we can assume that the i-MT produces less torque while having the same maximum horsepower output.

A picture of the side of the Stonic GT-Line

Note the new set of wheels

Apart from the new hybrid powertrain, the Kia Stonic GT Line and GT Line S look more futuristic than the Stonic that we’re getting. The front fascia looks sharper and more futuristic, and the LED headlamps are much more striking. The GT-Line also gets a sporty two-tone paint scheme, as well as a set of GT-Line specific 17-inch alloy wheels.

Both variants also come with numerous GT-Line badging inside and out. And lastly, the Stonic GT-Line gets an eight-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as a good number of driver-assist features. This includes Collision-Avoidance Assist, Intelligent Speed-Limit Assist, and many others.

>>> Related: What can 2021 Kia Stonic offer with a P675k price tag?

A picture of the Kia Stonic GT-Line's interior.

The 2021 Kia Stonic GT-Line's interior

The Kia Stonic will officially be launched in the Philippines on October 15. The PH-spec Stonic comes with several features such as a rear parking sensor, a rearview camera with dynamic guidelines, electronic stability control, and hill start assist for the top-spec EX variant. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto also come as standard in all Stonic variants. In terms of power, all variants are powered by a 1.4-liter gasoline engine that can be mated to either a five-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission.  

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<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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Cesar G.B. Miguel

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Cesar is a graduate of AB English with previous experience working as a freelance writer for varied internet publications in-between his former stints in the Pharmaceutical Industry, and later as a First Aid Provider and Training Staff at the Iligan City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office.

Since childhood, Cesar has been keenly interested in cars. He has learned the ins and outs of these marvelous vehicles and is a competent amateur mechanic who is keen on sharing his knowledge.

Cesar is perceptive of car culture in general – not only in the Philippines but in global regard, as well. His knowledge ranges from the prevalent stories and trends among car enthusiasts around the world, to closely following the latest local and international developments in the automotive industry.

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