The KIA Stonic, released in April last year, is the only model in the current brand that adopts the MHEV architecture and is also a representative of small SUVs. However, in order to add more choices to Stonic, KIA Taiwan Sime Darby Kia is expected to launch a derivative model GT Line.
The Stonic GT Line is a newly added derivative model for 2020. It has a more dynamic appearance and has been renovated inside and out, introducing a number of unique GT Line design features. Like the rest of the Stonic lineup, a new two-tone exterior colour option is available on GT Line models. The exterior design of the Stonic GT Line is inspired by the Stinger, Ceed GT and ProCeed GT, with a unique front and rear bumper design for a more sporty look, the front end is enhanced by integrated LED fog lights, three air intakes and metal trim , the Tiger Nose water tank cover also adopts its own unique design, and the door mirror cover is treated with black paint. In addition, the GT Line models can also choose LED headlights to create a unique light signature.
As for the rear part of the car, a new style of rear bumper is replaced, and designs such as dual exhaust pipes and rear diffuser are introduced. Finally, the GT Line badge is also included as standard at the rear of the car. Other improvements include new 17-inch aluminum alloy wheels, and details can also be customized according to different car colors.
Inside, the Stonic GT Line features a carbon-fibre-effect trim on the dashboard, while the seats feature a combination of black fabric and synthetic leather with piping and white contrast stitching, while the steering wheel gets GT Line logos and contrast stitching. The new perforated leather D-cut design, while the instrument panel 4.2-inch screen will also display the words GT LINE.
In the final power system part, the Stonic GT Line maintains a SmartStream 1.0-liter T-GDI inline three-cylinder turbocharged engine and a 48V lithium battery module, with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission system, with 120ps/20.4kgm output level. The KIA Stonic is a car that combines the economy, style, and safety demanded by small SUV customers. The well-balanced product characteristics meet customer expectations and bring a new twist to the small SUV market. I will blow it in. ”
According to Kia, Stonic is an artificial word of SPEEDY and the tonic, which is the first note of the scale. Even at this day’s event, among the characteristics of Stonic, the only domestic diesel SUV with a price of 18 million won (about 1.8 million yen) . The most fuel efficient in its class, 17 kg per liter Body posture We emphasized safety technologies such as support systems agile and stable driving dynamic and sensuous design.
The company first unveiled it at a media briefing on the 27th of last month, and at the same time started accepting reservations. It is said that 57% of customers are young people in their 20s and 30s.
The price was set at 18.95 million won for the standard grade, 20.75 million won for the advanced grade, and 22.65 million won for the highest grade.
Strengthening market position in Europe
The upgrade model is scheduled to go on sale in Europe in the third quarter of 2020. Featuring mild hybrids, connectivity and state-of-the-art driving assistance systems, it will strengthen its market position in European B-SUVs (European B-segment class SUVs). The company introduced “Stonic” to the European market in the third quarter of 2017. The “Stonic” is the fourth model of the Kia brand with annual sales, and has sold more than 150,000 units in the European market.
Improvement of safety and driving support
The “Stonic” upgrade model can be selected from a gasoline engine and a hybrid engine. In the case of a gasoline engine, a high-efficiency, high-performance next-generation powertrain “Smart stream” will be installed. “Smart stream” improves engine efficiency. On the other hand, in the case of a hybrid engine, it will be the new 48V gasoline mild hybrid (MHEV) powertrain “EcoDynamics +”. The “EcoDynamics +” can be equipped with a clutch-by-wire intelligent manual transmission (iMT) or a 7-speed dual clutch transmission (7-speed DCT).
There are no major changes in the interior (interior) and exterior (exterior) designs, but the range of customization has been further expanded with more choices such as body, roof color / color scheme, and wheels. In addition, UVO Connect telemetric technology “Phase 2” will be adopted for the 8-inch large touch panel infotainment navigation system.