Remember when Kia Philippines announced they will be launching an all-new crossover? They didn’t exactly state what model they will be revealing, but the automaker did share a teaser image of the all-new model. Based on the photo, it looks to be the Stonic will be making its local debut in Q4 of 2020.
Now the local Kia distributor has officially announced that the Stonic will officially be arriving in the country this October, and it will slot below the slightly bigger Seltos, serving as Kia’s smallest crossover offering in the local market.
But with the Stonic set to arrive in 2 months, will we be getting the refreshed version or the pre-facelift model? Looking at the teaser video Kia posted, it’s hard to tell what we’ll be getting exactly. The 2021 refresh only saw the crossover getting tweaked headlights, new color options, stylish 16-inch alloy wheels, and a mild-hybrid powertrain. Beyond that, the Stonic relatively looks the same as the current model being sold today in other markets.
Exact specifications and model variants for the PH-spec Kia Stonic are still a mystery. However, we did get our hands on a flyer for the upcoming crossover from a source, and it seems the Stonic (at least the top-end model) will have a bevy of features like an 8-inch touchscreen display with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, reverse camera with rear parking sensors, LED daytime running lights, project halogens, hill-start assist, and electronic stability.
The Stonic has 5 distinct engine choices internationally, but we have no word yet as to what will be offered in the Philippines. There’s a 1.0-liter turbo with 120 PS, a 1.2-liter inline-four that puts out 84 PS, a bigger 1.4-liter four-cylinder that has 100 PS, a 1.6-liter turbo-diesel that generates 110 PS, and the aforementioned mild-hybrid turbo with 100 or 120 PS. If we were to place a bet, we thing Kia will offer the Stonic in PH with the 1.4-liter. A choice of either a manual or automatic transmissions could also be offered on the PH-spec Stonic, but we expect this to be an automatic-only model.
With the Seltos already competing in the B-segment crossover market, offering the smaller Stonic at an even lower price point could help the automaker attract more buyers. But with Kia not yet stating its specs and starting price point, we’ll just have to wait and see before the company officially reveals it in the country.