It looks like our guess was right: Kia Philippines is, in fact, launching the Stonic in our market.
How soon, then? Well, in a previous meeting with Kia Philippines, we were told that the new vehicle was set to arrive in the fourth quarter of 2020. But now, according to its latest announcement on social media, the Stonic will be launched in October. You can check out the official Facebook post below:
That’s the only information the Korean carmaker has given as of this moment. No details on the subcompact crossover’s powertrain yet, so we still can’t say for certain whether or not we’ll be getting the updated model once it arrives here.
If that ends up being the case, then we could be getting a mild-hybrid electric vehicle (MHEV) ‘EcoDynamics+’ setup, a 118hp 1.0-liter T-GDi ‘Smartstream’ gasoline engine, and a naturally aspirated 83hp 1.2-liter mill as options.
That hybrid setup is made up of the same 1.0-liter Smartstream engine combined with a 48V MHEV system, and is available in 99hp and 118hp configurations. This is mated to Kia’s new Intelligent Manual Transmission.
In case we don’t get the this MHEV option, then what the Stonic might arrive with instead could be the aforementioned 118hp 1.0-liter T-GDi engine and a 1.4-liter Kappa gasoline engine with 99hp and 132Nm. Other markets also get a 1.6-liter CRDi with 108hp and 260Nm.
So, what do you think? Looking forward to the Kia Stonic’s arrival?