The launch of Kia Stonic in Pakistan which was expected to take place by the end of October has been delayed. According to information the global supply chain issues has hampered company’s plans to timely introduce the car in our market. Furthermore the recent dip in Rupee-Dollar parity will also affect the final pricing of the vehicle.
Unlike most newcomers which enjoy launching a car without readying the local assembly & plants, the approach of Lucky Motors is indeed appreciable as all their previously introduced models were already rolling off the assembly lines prior to the formal launch. Although the company hasn’t formally announced about the delays in plans or the revised launch date of Stonic, it is still expected to take place before the end of this year.
Kia Stonic which is a B-segment crossover & is being marketed as ‘SUV for the City’ will take on the B-segment sedans in our market since as reported earlier, the company was aiming to launch something that would entice Toyota Yaris and Honda City buyers into opting for a crossover. Official prices are yet to be disclosed but it will ideally fall around that of the aforementioned two.
As per Excise & Taxation Sindh website, the camouflaged flagship Kia Stonic test units have 1.4L (1,368cc) engine under the hood. However its not confirmed at this stage whether the lower variants will get the smaller 1.2L engine or not. According to sources, the Kia Stonic will come rich in features & equipment and will likely give a tough time to the existing options available in the market in the same price league.
If Kia Stonic is priced in the same league as that of Yaris or City, its definitely going to attract buyers in numbers since its stylish yet practical, and will come loaded with safety features & equipment. To find out what it really is going to offer, lets keep our fingers crossed.
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