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Mild hybrid powertrain among Kia Stonic upgrades

Date: 05 August 2020   |   Author: Sean Keywood

Kia has announced a new mild hybrid powertrain option for its Stonic small SUV, along with improved technology and safety features.

The new powertrain pairs a 1.0-litre petrol engine with a 48V hybrid system, which supports the engine under acceleration, allows engine-off coasting at speed, and also allows the stop-start system to cut in earlier when coming to a halt.

The powertrain is available with either 100hp or 120hp, as with the previous conventional petrol engine, but is said to offer improved torque and economy, although efficiency figures are yet to be released.

It is available with a new 'intelligent' manual transmission, featuring a clutch-by-wire system that Kia claims improves fuel economy and CO2 emissions, or a seven-speed DSG auto.

Two new conventional petrol engines are also joining the range, a 1.0-litre with 100hp, and a 1.2-litre with 84hp.

The Stonic is also getting a larger, 8in touchscreen as standard, featuring wireless Apple Carplay and Android Auto connectivity.

Also available will be Kia's new second-generation UVO Connect telematics feature, with a range of onboard services including live traffic information and weather forecasts.

Online voice recognition will allow users to carry out tasks such as search for addresses and send text messages, and online navigation will use cloud-based data to improve routing.

The UVO App offers services including last mile navigation, which helps drivers get to their final destination after parking their car, and there's a new user profile transfer feature that lets drivers switch their settings from one vehicle to another, for example with fleet drivers using pool cars.

The Stonic's interior also gets a higher-resolution 4.2in digital instrument cluster display, while the exterior features redesigned LED headlights.

An upgraded range of driver assistance systems is also on offer, including autonomous emergency braking that now sees cyclists.

Also available are lane keep assist, driver attention warning, blind spot warning, blind spot collision avoidance assist, intelligent speed limit assist, smart cruise control, lane follow assist, rear cross-traffic collision avoidance assist, rear occupant alert, and front and rear parking sensors.

The updated Stonic will arrive in the UK in the fourth quarter of 2020. Prices are yet to be announced.