Kia Philippines is looking to further expand its model lineup in the country soon. After the launch of the Seltos late last year, a new crossover may be joining the local lineup which will slot below the B-segment fighter.
That model could be the all-new Kia Stonic, and it will be arriving in the country around Q4 of this year. First launched in Europe, the Stonic serves as the brand's smallest crossover offering and is also underpinned by the Hyundai-Kia GB platform shared with the Kona.
Based on the teaser photo, the vehicle in question appears to heavily resemble the Stonic. From its distinct tiger-nose front grille, LED light signatures, as well as the roof rails, the upcoming vehicle is looking a lot like the soon-to-be-revealed Kia Stonic.
Measuring 4140mm long, 1760mm wide, and 1520mm tall, the Stonic is 230mm shorter in length, 40mm narrower, and 95mm shorter in height than the Seltos. It also has a slightly shorter wheelbase compared to the Seltos at 2580mm.
There's no word yet as to what engine will power the PH-spec Stonic. In other countries, the crossover is available with four powertrain options. There's a 1.0-liter turbocharged engine that puts out 120 PS, a 1.2-liter, four-cylinder 84 PS engine that is similarly found on the Picanto, a 1.4-liter naturally-aspirated engine which produces 100 PS, and a 1.6-liter turbo-diesel that delivers 110 PS. A choice of either a manual or automatic transmissions will likely be available.
As far as amenities and features are concerned, the humble Seltos could come with a plethora of equipment. These include the latest touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support, digital climate control/air-conditioning, leather upholstery, and a multi-function steering wheel.
The PH-spec Stonic might also come with Kia's DRiVE WISE Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) for improved driver safety. It includes autonomous emergency braking, forward collision alert, blind-spot detection, rear cross-traffic alert, as well as lane departure warning.
With the Kia Seltos now competing in the lucrative B-segment crossover, having a smaller crossover like the Stonic at a lower price point could help Kia woo more buyers. But with Kia Philippines not saying what exactly their next car will be, all we can do, for now, is wait until its official reveal.