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Kia Motors unveils new SUV

Kia Motors (Lanka) Executive Director /Chief Operating Officer  Andrew Perera (extreme right) presents the keys to the first customer for the Kia Stonic at the company’s Malabe complex.
Kia Motors (Lanka) Executive Director /Chief Operating Officer Andrew Perera (extreme right) presents the keys to the first customer for the Kia Stonic at the company’s Malabe complex.

Kia Motors (Lanka) has introduced Kia ‘Stonic’ in Colombo recently. It is the second new model from the Korean nameplate in less than a month.

The Stonic is the result of a close collaboration between Kia’s European and Korean design studios, and is manufactured at its Sohari production facility in Korea.

Inspired by SUV design, the Stonic is powered by Kia’s advanced lightweight three-cylinder 1.0-litre turbocharged gasoline direct injection (T-GDI) engine with 120 BHP coupled to a seven-speed double-clutch transmission. It maximises mechanical efficiency and performance, delivering immediate acceleration, quick handling responses and high fuel efficiency.

“The Stonic has the potential to become one of our best-selling cars in Sri Lanka,” said Chief Operating Officer/Executive Director of Kia Motors (Lanka), Andrew Perera.

“It is an eye-catching and confident compact SUV with true European design flair, is the most customisable Kia ever inside and out, and is one of the smartest cars in its class, with a range of technologies designed to enhance handling, safety, comfort and convenience,” he said.

It features new front and rear suspension setups which are unique to the car. Like the exterior, the Stonic’s cabin is based upon European design influences.

Kia Motors (Lanka), which has represented the Kia brand in Sri Lanka since 1996, recently underwent a change in corporate structure.

With its new Rs 800 million logistics centre in Malabe as the hub for a network of owned subsidiaries and franchised satellite sales, service and spare parts outlets, the new operational structure is designed to drive a new phase of growth for KIA.

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