A month ago, we announced that the Kia Stonic subcompact SUV is coming to the Philippines. Kia Philippines, which is part of the Ayala group of companies, has sent to the media two photos of its exterior design. Now, compared to the Stonic we first saw in Singapore where it made its ASEAN debut, we’re surprised that the 2021 Kia Stonic that will reach our shores looks quite different from what is sold in most parts of the world.
First and foremost, the LED daytime running lights are not integrated into the headlamps. On the other hand, the model that made its debut in Singapore looks exactly the same as what’s sold in South Korea and Europe. This is not the facelifted model that recently made its debut in Europe either, which features slim full LED headlights, a slightly revised front bumper and mild-hybrid powertrains. With all these in mind, it seems that the Kia Stonic will be sourced from China where the Soluto also comes from.
Called the KX1, it is built at Kia’s joint venture plant with Dongfeng. Apart from the slightly different front fascia, the Kia KX1 also has a slightly different interior design. The infotainment system is better integrated into the dashboard rather than going for the “tablet-style” layout that’s currently en vogue. Plus the screen size is also pretty large at 8 inches.
Kia Philippines has not given the full deets about the 2021 Kia Stonic, but they did say that it’ll feature projector halogen headlamps, LED daytime running lights, touch screen infotainment with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, reverse camera, rear parking sensors, electronic stability control and hill start assist.
Powertrain wise, if our hunch is correct, the 2021 Kia Stonic will get the Chinese market’s 1.4-liter inline-4 naturally-aspirated gasoline engine that produces 100 hp and 132 Nm of torque. Power is sent to the front wheels via a 6-speed automatic or 6-speed manual.
Although the Kia Stonic is new to the Philippine market, it has already garnered several awards globally. The small SUV’s striking have been recognized by iF Design and Red Dot, both of which were awarded 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 Manny Aligada, President of Kia Philippines. “Its award-winning design should likewise appeal to young buyers looking for a feature-packed crossover that is as trendy as their modern lifestyle,” he adds.
As for the subcompact SUV’s launch date? Kia Philippines says that the launch will happen this October.