Ayala-backed Kia Philippines' marketing strategy for the 2021 Kia Stonic has been quite a success, such that the South Korean carmaker's local arm has managed to pre-sell more than 200 units of the subcompact crossover. The well-thought-of teasers and promotions including the pre-launch price cut of PHP 60,000 for all the variants' SRP worked well with Filipino customers, with reports saying that the automatic Kia Stonic LX is the most-grabbed variant. This is not bad at all considering that the announcement of the crossover's arrival was revealed only two months earlier, and pre-orders commenced only a month ago.
Now, the 2021 Kia Stonic is officially on sale nationwide, and the good news is that Kia Philippines is extending the discount up to the end of November, slashing the SRPs to PHP 675,000 for the Stonic LX MT (regular SRP PHP 735,000), PHP 785,000 for the Stonic LX AT (reg. SRP PHP 835,000) and PHP 875,000 for the top-of-the-line Stonic EX AT (reg. SRP PHP 925,000).
These price points are quite a good deal (even the regular prices) for the exciting features that the crossover brings to the table.
Here are the features and specifications that we now know after the launching:
First off, its size doesn't vary much from standard subcompact sedans. It stands 4,100mm long, 1,735mm wide and 1,533mm tall, with 2,570mm wheelbase and a good 185mm ground clearance. These measurements make it a perfect mode of transport along Metro Manila's congested and imperfect thoroughfares.
Next, all variants of the 2021 Kia Stonic sport a 1.4L 4-cylinder normally aspirated gasoline engine with Dual-CVVT technology, mated to a 5-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission. The manual Stonic LX can kick up to 95hp of output at 6,000rpm while both the automatic Stonic LX and the top-ranging Stonic EX can churn as much as 100hp at 6,000rpm. Torque figures max out at 132Nm at 4,000rpm.
Although there's a variance in output between the LX MT and the LX AT, they get an equal treatment when it comes to exterior and interior features. They both get the exact same front halogen fog lights, roof rails, electronically adjustable sideview mirror and 16-inch alloy wheels. And of course, all variants boast the familiar Kia design language and signature tiger-nose grille. Other eye-catching external features are the elongated LED projector headlights, well-placed creases and cuts and a large air intake on the lower bumper. The top ranger gets LED daytime-running lights (DRLs) and a position lamp.
All variants come with a MacPherson strut and stabilizer suspension setup on the front and coupled torsion beam axle on the rear. Stopping power is provided by front disc and rear drum brakes for the LX trims; front and rear disc brakes for the EX.
The cabins of the LX MT and LX AT are both decked with an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Bluetooth, USB and Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity, 6 speakers and a multi-function display in the instrument panel. The seats are fabric-wrapped, and there's manual air-conditioning, a multi-function steering wheel, keyless entry and a rear-view camera.
In the Stonic EX's interior are additional goodies such as mirror-mounted turn-side turn-signal indicators, a smart entry and push-to-start system, an immobilizer and automatic climate control.
The LX variants get dual SRS airbags and Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) for its safety features. The EX gets extras in the form of rear parking sensors and Electronic Stability Control.
The 2021 Kia Stonic EX comes with more vivid color options and a contrasting black roof for each: Flame Orange, Flash Yellow and Clear White. Picky motorists who want a monotone hue have only one option: Extreme Blue. The LX variants get three color options with body-color roofs, and these are Clear White, Prime Red and Extreme Blue.
- Images from kia.com