Kia Stonic is a compact crossover / SUV. It has been on sale in other markets since 2017 and if finally coming to Australia, arriving here in second generation format late in 2020. Exact local specifications are yet to be advised, as is pricing.
There are many interesting features in the just updated European models, though not all may apply in this country.
An 8.0-inch touchscreen display with Display Audio or optional Satellite Navigation depending on vehicle specification.
Bluetooth multi-connection lets users connect up to two mobile devices at the same time, one for a hands-free phone and media use, the other for media use only.
A new higher-resolution 4.2-inch digital display in the instrument cluster minimises the amount of time the driver takes their eyes off the road.
Kia Stonic offers a range of new ‘Smartstream’ powertrains. Among these is Kia’s new petrol 48V mild-hybrid ‘EcoDynamics+’ powertrain. This has a compact 48-volt lithium-ion polymer battery which supplements the engine’s torque output with electric power, and extends engine ‘off time’ with a new Mild-Hybrid Starter-Generator (MHSG) unit.
EcoDynamics+ models are also available with Kia’s new intelligent Manual Transmission (iMT). Instead of a mechanical linkage, the iMT’s clutch is actuated electronically. It integrates with the MHSG to switch off the engine earlier than Kia’s Idle Stop & Go start-stop system when coasting to a halt.
Inside and out, the design of the upgraded Stonic remains largely unchanged, with the latest model having a new design full LED headlamps.
New 16-inch alloy wheel choices are offered, as well as two new exterior paint colours; Perennial Grey and Sporty Blue. The colour palette gives customers a choice of up to nine paint finishes.
The number of two-tone colour options has risen to 20, depending on market and vehicle specification. The two-tone roof is popular with Stonic customers, with a third of European customers specifying it.
Australian sales of the Stonic are due to commence in late 2020 and Kia Motors Australia’s Chief Operating Officer, Damien Meredith is enthusiastic about the arrival of Kia’s newest SUV offering.
“Kia’s popularity in Australia is growing as is the desire to drive a SUV. We have the products and the warranty to satisfy that interest in the small, medium and large SUV segments”
As with all Kias the Stonic be covered by a seven-year unlimited kilometre warranty, seven-year capped price service and seven-year roadside assist.
Further details regarding Australian specifications and pricing will be released in due course. We will bring these to you as soon as we get them.