New Kia Stonic gets mild-hybrid technology

9 Oct 2020

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The Kia Stonic has been updated with new mild-hybrid technology and new colour specifications including a two-tone paint option.

Kia Stonic Facelift
The Kia Stonic compact crossover has been updated with with six even brighter and more colourful hues, as well as a new mild-hybrid drivetrain. 

The car also gets Kia's new Phase II UVO Connect telematics system, operated via an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with in-built navigation.

The enhancements to the new Stonic includes Kia's new petrol mild-hybrid 'EcoDynamics+' powertrain.

It mates a 118bhp 1.0-litre Turbocharged Gasoline Direct injection (T-GDi) 'Smartstream' engine with a 48V mild-hybrid system for enhanced efficiency by seamlessly harvesting and later releasing energy recovered during slowing down and when braking.

The Kia Stonic now comes with Kia's new 48V mild-hybrid system to augment its petrol engine

The 48V lithium-ion battery pack combines the engine's torque output with electric power and can extend engine 'off time' thansk to a new mild hybrid starter generator unit. The engine is available with Kia's new 'clutch-by-wire' intelligent Manual Transmission or a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.

The 1.0-litre engine produces 99bhp or 118bhp - but delivers a slightly higher peak torque output, depending on transmission. For instance, when the Stonic is optioned with the 118bhp engine and seven speed dual-clutch transmission, the peak torque output is 16% higher at 200Nm.

The new EcoDynamics+ powertrain is offered with the 118bhp version of the new engine, with a Drive Mode Select system allowing drivers to customise the driving experience with selectable driving modes.

The Kia Stonic comes with a 1.0-litre turbocharged engine producing 99bhp or 118bhp

EcoDynamics+ models are also available with Kia's new intelligent Manual Transmission (iMT). The 'clutch-by-wire' system contributes to the mild-hybrid system's greater fuel efficiency and lower CO2 emissions, while retaining the driver engagement of a conventional manual transmission.

Instead of a mechanical linkage, the iMT's clutch is actuated electronically. It integrates seamlessly with the mild-hybrid system to switch off the engine earlier than Kia's Idle Stop and Go start-stop system when coasting to a halt. Both transmissions, iMT and 7DCT, enable periods of engine-off 'sailing' to improve fuel efficiency.

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