First unveiled in June of 2017, the Kia Stonic joins the ever growing small SUV segment. The Hyundai Kona’s twin has now made it to the ASEAN region, putting Kia into the spotlight of prospective small SUV buyers. There’s no denying indeed that the Kia Stonic is going to be one of Kia’s most important models once it hits showrooms across the region.
From the outside, the Kia Stonic has a very stylish and dynamic design, which was done through a collaboration between Kia’s design studio in Europe and South Korea. The body blends sharp horizontal feature lines with softer sculpted surfaces, the main highlight of which is the ‘Targa’-style roof. The roof lets buyers have a wide range of single and two-tone paint schemes, a design trait inspired by the design of the 2013 Kia Provo concept. All-in-all, 20 two-tone colour combinations are available. At the front, the tiger-nose grille is flanked by a slim pair of projector headlights with LED daytime running lights, while the rear fascia features a pair of dynamically designed LED tail lights.
Just like the exterior, the interior is available with a wide range of customization options to choose from. Various colors can be configured around the interior, in which the overall interior color scheme can be color-matched to the exterior design elements outside the Stonic. A free-standing 8.0-inch infotainment screen featuring Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is standard for all variants in the Singaporean market.
For the Singaporean market, the Kia Stonic is powered by a 1.0-liter T-GDI turbocharged and direct-injected inline-3 petrol engine, producing 120 hp and 171 Nm of torque, mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission.
The Kia Stonic is now on sale in Singapore. With Kia Philippines now under the management of Ayala Corporation, do you think Kia Philippines will bring the Kia Stonic in our market, given the demand for small SUVs?