The local market is stoked for the arrival of the all-new Kia Stonic, so much so that Kia Philippines is giving interested buyers an early bird discount before its official launch. That's all well and good, but we're wondering if Kia will ever offer a top-spec GT Line version of the Stonic soon.
Well, we don't have to wonder anymore as the automaker recently revealed the Stonic GT Line, albeit for the European market. Featuring a different exterior design, the Stonic serves as the latest model to join Kia's growing GT Line portfolio that features sporty visual upgrades.
Unlike the standard Stonic, the GT Line gets revised front and rear bumpers, an updated front grille design, and unique-styled faux air intakes. There's also a new front skid plate painted in silver which further highlights the GT Line's more aggressive looks. Other key features available on the GT Line include exclusive 17-inch alloy wheels, a GT Line emblem on the tailgate, and a black rear spoiler (body-colored on the GT Line S).
Inside, the changes on the Stonic are far more subtle compared to the outside. A flat-bottomed leather steering wheel with a GT Line emblem reminds would-be owners they are in something special. Meanwhile, special leather-cloth seats feature embossed a GT Line logo and contrast stitching that provides a sportier interior finish. As an added bonus, the GT Line models come with a 4.2-inch digital instrument display and a larger 8-inch touchscreen infotainment screen.
Under the hood, the Stonic GT Line is available with a 1.0-liter turbocharged, mild-hybrid three-cylinder engine. When paired to Kia's new clutch-by-wire six-speed manual gearbox, the Stonic produces 118 PS along with 172 Nm of torque. Opt for the seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, and torque is increased to 200 Nm, while horsepower remains the same. 0 – 100 km/h is achieved in 10.4 seconds (regardless of the gearbox), while top speed is rated at 185 km/h.
With the Stonic GT Line now available for the European market, does this mean other countries like the Philippines will follow suit? Perhaps, as it would mean for a more stylish-looking crossover. And should it also come from China like the standard Stonic, the GT Line could be offered at an affordable price too.