Kia Stonic gets more efficient engines

Kia has revised the Stonic. Among other things, the mini SUV has efficient engines. © Kia

Kia has revised the Stonic. For the 2021 model year, the Korean mini SUV will have more economical engines and a new assistance and infotainment system.

The 120 hp, one-liter, three-cylinder top engine of the mini SUV has a 48-volt mild hybrid system that is supposed to reduce consumption by up to 10 percent. As standard, the power is transmitted by a new six-speed manual gearbox which, by means of an electronically controlled clutch, automatically enables coasting phases with the combustion engine switched off.

Alternatively, a seven-speed dual clutch transmission (DSG) is also available. This also allows sailing up to 125 km / h. As soon as the driver applies the accelerator, brake or clutch, the engine starts again.

All engines trimmed for efficiency

The other engines of the Stonic, the 1.0-liter three-cylinder with 100 hp and the 84-hp 1.2-liter four-cylinder vacuum cleaner, have also been trimmed for efficiency. In addition, the seven-speed DSG is now optionally also available with the 100 hp unit; instead of a manual five-speed gearbox, a manual six-speed gearbox is now used on the three-cylinder. All engines are now certified according to the Euro 6d-ISC-FCM emissions standard.

In terms of infotainment, 8-inch touchscreens are now being used in the Stonic ex works. Apple Carplay and Android Auto are on board. The optional navigation system now offers more functions, and a smartphone and navigation system can be connected via an app function.

New assistants on offer

In addition, depending on the equipment, there is a blind spot and cross traffic warning as well as traffic sign recognition for the previous assistant. The front collision warning system now also recognizes cyclists.

There are small changes in appearance. Depending on the equipment, new LED headlights and 16-inch aluminum are now included as standard. New exterior paint colors and two-tone combinations as well as an expanded selection of colors for the interior design round off the refresh of the Stonic. (SP-X)

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