While the Kia Stonic is nearing its Philippines launch, the South Korean automaker is expanding its variant range with a GT Line version, therefore making it the top trim of Stonic for other markets. That said, will Kia consider bringing this in? If not during its upcoming launch perhaps in the near future? We remain clueless as of now but sometimes wishful thinking works.
This model was recently revealed for the European market, it’s also the latest addition to the GT Line portfolio. As you’d expect, the Kia Stonic GT Line features a different exterior design which features a number of sporty and visual upgrades. The following appointments include the updated design of the front grille, revised front and rear bumpers that come with skid plates, and some unique styled air intakes. It also gets a different set of shoes, with the Stonic GT having 17-inch alloys that come with a different design pattern. Other distinctive design cues include GT Line emblem on the tailgate, and a black rear spoiler.
Inside, the Stonic GT Line features subtle changes though it’s not a bad thing, given that this subcompact crossover already has a fairly nice cabin. It does get a flat-bottomed steering wheel that’s wrapped in leather and comes with a GT emblem, further reminding you that you are not driving an average Stonic. Heightening its sporty profile are the special leather-cloth seats feature embossed a GT Line logo and contrast stitching.
Under the hood of this crossover is a 1.0-liter turbocharged, mild-hybrid three-cylinder engine. When the said mill is mated with a 6-speed manual, it is then capable of producing 116 hp along with 172 Nm of torque. Torque figures increase by 200 Nm once you pair its powerplant with a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission.
So let’s go back to our previous question, you think Kia will consider bringing this in? Perhaps, it will serve as a great addition to its local line of vehicles, therefore, giving the mass an affordable ticket to the GT Line experience.