After much fanfare prior to its formal introduction, Kia Philippines has set the stage for the new Stonic — the latest subcompact SUV in the local market that would cater to young trendsetters.
With the catchphrase “Style that is Iconic,” the new Stonic crossover is bound to fit modern-day demands of the adventurous, young and active buyers who want to express their unconventional taste in design and aesthetics.
The digital unveiling was spearheaded by the triumvirate of equally-dynamic and active executives for the local arm of the Korean automaker, namely AC Industrials chairman and CEO Arthur Tan, AC Motors automotive group president Antonio “Toti” Zara III and Kia Philippines president Manny Aligada.
Tan expressed his firm confidence on the new Stonic, claiming that it will be a frontrunner for Kia in its bid to be one of the key players in the industry — alongside other volume sellers from its stable such as the Soluto, Seltos and K2500.
Meanwhile, Aligada said that their latest model is designed to set a new trend in the local automotive arena. “For over 70 years, Kia has been innovating the way we design vehicles. Today, we are proud to launch the Kia Stonic — which has Style that’s Iconic,” he expressed.
“With a vehicle like this, we hope to be a driving force for you, the Filipino youth, who are on your way to where you want to go,” Aligada added.
And true enough, this chic crossover — as envisioned by Kia chief designer Peter Schreyer — has expressed its European design language through its compact footprint and sharp lines that blended quintessentially with the signature tiger nose grille coupled with projector headlamps with LED daytime running lights for the EX (front fog lamps for the LX). In fact, this groundbreaking design earned recognitions from globally-renowned iF Design and Red Dot Awards.
Standing 4,100-mm long, 1,735-mm wide and 1,533-mm tall with a 2,570-mm wheelbase as well as a ground clearance of 185mm, it has the right size to grab attention on the road — yet still makes it a comfortable, daily-driven vehicle on urban roads. A real head-turner, the 16-inch alloy wheels complete its sporty look.
Inside, it is as dynamic as it is on the outside with its youthful ambience. But aside from its swagger, it is utilitarian too with a cargo space of 325 liters in its adjustable tumble-ready rear seats — giving owners more freedom to bring what they need for work or leisure purposes.
To keep occupants entertained, it has an eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system compatible with both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay to make every trip lively. Not to mention the six audio speakers packaged as standard for all variants.
It is powered by a 1.4 dual CVVT engine, mated to either a five-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission — which provides 93hp and 98hp, respectively. Not only that, the engine-transmission combo makes it very efficient in terms of fuel consumption.
Safety-wise, it features dual front airbags, three-point seat belts with pretensioners and anti-brake lock system, rear camera with dynamic guidelines, ISOFIX child anchors and child-lock come as standard, making sure that the little one will stay firmly secured while in transit.
Moreover, it sports driver-assistive features, such as: the parking distance warning, electronic stability control and hill start assist (all exclusive for the EX variant).
The new Stonic is available in five iconic hues to match its looks: Prime Red, Clear White (for the LX variants), Extreme Blue (offered in all three variants) and the two-tone Black/Flame Orange, Black/Flash Yellow and Black/Clear White (exclusive for the top variant EX).
As a treat, the introductory prices for the new Stonic, such as: P675,000 for the LX MT, P785,000 for the mid-range automatic (LX AT) and P875,000 for the top-grade EX AT — will be extended until the end of November.
They are usually regularly priced as follows: the LX MT at P735,000, the LX AT at P835,000 and the EX AT at P925,000.
Transactions and more information about the Stonic can be accessed through its virtual showroom.