Kia has revealed an updated Stonic that will go on sale towards the end of 2020 with a mild-hybrid powertrain and a new infotainment system with a larger screen.
The brand’s new EcoDynamics+ engine pairs a 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine with a 48V mild-hybrid system. A compact battery supplements the engine’s torque output with electric power, and extends engine ‘off time’ with a new Mild-Hybrid Starter-Generator (MHSG) unit.
It is offered on both 100PS and 120PS versions of the new engine, with a Drive Mode Select system letting drivers of each version customise their drive with ‘Eco’, ‘Sport’ and ‘Normal’ modes.
EcoDynamics+ models are also available with Kia’s new intelligent Manual Transmission (iMT). It uses a clutch-by-wire system, which actuates the clutch electroically rather than via a mechanical linkage. Kia says the new transmission contributes to the MHEV system’s greater fuel efficiency and lower CO2 emissions, while retaining the driver engagement of a conventional manual.
The updated Stonic also features an upgraded touchscreen that features Kia’s UVO Connect telematics system.
A larger eight-inch display is offered as standard, with Display Audio or Satellite Navigation depending on vehicle specification. The new system features Bluetooth multi-connection, enabling users to connect up to two mobile devices at the same time – one for hands-free phone and media use; the other for media use only.
The system offers wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, negating the need for drivers to connect their smartphone via a cable.
Inside and out, the design of the upgraded Stonic remains largely unchanged, although the latest model boasts newly designed full LED headlamps.
On the outside, a new 16-inch alloy wheel choice is available, as well as two new exterior paint colours – Storm Grey and Azure Blue.
The colour palette offers customers a choice of up to nine paint finishes. In addition, the new body and roof colours on offer creates the opportunity for a wider choice of colour contrast paint colours.
With the roof now available in a Zest Yellow paint finish, the total number of two-tone colour options has risen to 20, depending on market and vehicle specification. The two-tone roof is popular with Stonic customers, with 33% of all European customers specifying the option.
Final UK prices and specifications will be announced closer to the car’s official on-sale date in Q4 2020.