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Kia's Newest and Cutest Compact SUV Starts at Under P700,000

Kia hopes its latest model will set a new trend in the local automotive scene.
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Kia Philippines is on a roll these days. Since last year, it has been introducing more new models and its efforts in marketing and fortifying its line up continue to pay off.

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Kia has continued to be one of the top 10 brands in the auto industry in terms of sales. Even Kia Philippines president Manny Aligada says he is pleased with the standing but hopes that Kia can perform even better in the last quarter of the year. 

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They might just have found the answer themselves. Kia PH formally unveiled its latest and smallest crossover SUV, the Kia Stonic.

Power to Surprise

Kia uses its “Power to Surprise” slogan with conviction, and with much extended fanfare leading to its introduction, the Stonic launch seems to be cross-haired to the trendy and fashion-forward younger market. Kia PH says it uses the catchphrase “Style That Is Iconic,” referring to the new stylish Stonic crossover as the perfect fit to the modern-day demands of the adventurous, young and active buyers who want to express their unconventional taste in design and aesthetics.

Kia PH is now under the portfolio of the Ayala Group, and the digital unveiling was led by Ayala’s automotive bigwigs, namely AC Industrials Chairman and CEO Arthur Tan, AC Motors automotive group President Antonio “Toti” Zara III and Aligada.

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According to Tan, the new Stonic will be a frontrunner for Kia in its bid to be one of the key players in the industry—alongside its other volume sellers such as the Soluto, Seltos and K2500.

Meanwhile, Aligada said that their latest model is designed to set a new trend in the local automotive arena. 

“For over 70 years, Kia has been innovating the way we design vehicles,” he said at the launch. “Today, we are proud to launch the Kia Stonic—which has Style that’s Iconic. With a vehicle like this, we hope to be a driving force for you, the Filipino youth, who are on your way to where you want to go.”

Kia Stonic specs

The new Stonic is powered by a 1.4 liter dual CVVT engine that is mated to either a five-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission that’s rated at 95PS and 100PS, respectively. That’s enough juice to haul 325 liters of cargo plus passengers for both work and play.

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The man behind this design is Kia Chief Designer Peter Schreyer. Kia says it expressed its European design language through its compact footprint and sharp lines that blended quintessentially with its signature “Tiger Nose” grille. This groundbreaking design earned recognitions from globally-renowned iF Design and Red Dot Awards. Schreyer was also the man behind the award-winning and sexy Audi TT coupe just before he joined Kia.  

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The new Stonic is available in five colors: Prime Red, Clear White (only for the LX variants), Extreme Blue (offered in all three variants) and the two-tone Black/Flame Orange, Black/Flash Yellow and Black/Clear White (exclusive for the top variant EX). 

It has a ground clearance of 185mm, high enough to go through rough terrain and would give you enough confidence to drive through light floods, in case you have to. The ride height and size is just right to inspire confidence for the driver and give enough road presence while being nimble enough to battle today’s traffic labyrinth.

Connectivity is an essential these days, especially when attracting the younger market. So the Stonic features an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system compatible with both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay with six speakers that are packaged as standard for all variants.

Safety first

Driving a subcompact crossover needs to have the driver and passengers feel safe. So the Stonic is spec’d to have a projector headlamp design plus the LED Daytime Running Lights for the EX (and front fog lamps for the LX) that complement the overall appearance of the front fascia and give provide ample illumination for the driver to ensure that the view is not compromised.

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Aside from the dual front airbags, three-point seat belts with pre-tensioners and anti-brake lock system, it is also equipped with a Rear Camera with Dynamic Guidelines, ISOFIX child anchors and child lock that come as standard. It also has driver-assistive features such as the Parking Distance Warning, Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and Hill Start Assist (all exclusive for the EX variant)—so that the driver can have more time focusing on the road. In addition, smart keyless entry and illuminated push start button are also fitted inside the EX variant.

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Aside from peace of mind on the road, the new Stonic gives owners peace of mind in terms of ownership experience with Kia’s five-year or 160,000-km warranty, as well as with 24/7 Roadside Assistance which is free for five years, that covers Emergency Towing, Personal Assistance, Minor Onsite Repair, Medical Assistance and Information Service for a secured, enjoyable and worry-free ownership.

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Kia PH says reservation has been healthy and as a Thanksgiving treat, it announced that the introductory price for the new Stonic—which varies from P675,000 for the LX MT, P785,000 for the mid-range automatic (LX AT) and P875,000 for the top-grade EX AT, will be extended until the end of November.

It was also during that launch that it announced the launch of its new virtual showroom, which customers can experience through its website. For more information about Kia and its current promos, visit the site.

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