Kia releases gasoline version of compact SUV 'STONIC'

Park Sae-jin Reporter Posted : 2017-11-30 15:30 Updated : 2017-11-30 15:32
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South Korea's second-largest carmaker, Kia Motors, unveiled a gasoline version of its latest compact SUV "STONIC", five months after a diesel model was released, reflecting a global trend of carmakers releasing compact SUVs mounted with gasoline engines.

Kia, an affiliate of the Hyundai Motor group, said the new compact SUV has a 1.4-liter MPI gasoline engine and a six-speed transmission. The diesel version with a 1.6-liter engine was released in June.

This year, Hyundai released its own compact SUV, "Kona", with a 1.6-liter gasoline turbo engine. A diesel version will be produced later. GM, Renault and Mazda have released compact SUVs with gasoline engines.