With new Stinger approaching, Kia really enters the realm that they haven’t been before. After the GT concept unveiled almost six years ago, Kia finally took rear-wheel drive sports sedan to the production line. When they established themselves in today’s market with other vehicles in their lineup, Kia now aims even higher. To get the better picture let’s just name few Stinger competitors, Audi A4, Mercedes-Benz C-class, BMW 3-Series, Alfa Romeo Giulia, Jaguar XE, and so on. 2018 Kia Stinger has a tough job, but if we see what it brings, it will certainly sting some market share.
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2018 Kia Stinger – Aggressive Design
The design is pretty aggressive. We can see on front familiar for this car maker “tiger nose” grille. But everything else isn’t seen before. Low stance, fluent lines, and muscular proportions are something new to this South Korean manufacturer. Stinger has a low, coupe-like roof line. The best way to see this is with Stinger’s dimensions. The new model is 190.2 inches long with 114.4-inch long wheelbase. Its width is 73.6 inches and with this, we can clearly see that Stinger is bigger than any of its rivals. Wheelbase is longer than on Lexus GS. But on the other hand that low stance is, of course, measurable being only 55.1 inches high, meaning this sports sedan is lower than its competitors. Also, LED lighting is standard on front and rear end with 18-inch alloy wheels also standard.
Kia says that complex LED headlights offer brilliant clarity, but we’ll wait for the IIHS to confirm or deny that. The rear end is also nicely complemented with quad exhaust pipes that come on GT model. The GT model also comes with 19-inch wheels and upgraded Brembo brakes. In addition, Kia design boss Peter Schreyer said that two-door coupe has little interest to buyers, and they will probably never build one. So the only option that we’ll end up in the future is how it Kia calls coupe-sedan.
Note: Image of Stinger GT interior
2018 Kia Stinger – Interior
Stinger is also longer and wider than BMW 4 Gran-coupe meaning the cabin should be spacious, not to mention again the length of the wheelbase. Kia states that Stinger has plenty of rear seat legroom. Seats are deeply contoured and come with Nappa leather but only as an option. On the dashboard, there is 8-inch TFT touchscreen (7-inch is standard), while below we can see aircraft-like air vents. An array of physical buttons for controlling the sound system and navigation are further below, while on center stack we have gear knob and drive mode selector knob with two cup holders on the far side. Optional is 720-watt 15-speakers Harman/Kardon sound system with subwoofers under the front seats. Wireless device charging and navigation will come as standard.
2018 Kia Stinger – Powertrain
More important for this type of vehicle is, of course, the powertrain. And who knows better than former BMW M division vice president Albert Biermann. He is now head of Kia’s Vehicle Test & High-Performance Development and is responsible that Kia sedan is now the first that has optional AWD system. The RWD is standard. But what will turn those wheels? The base engine is 2.0-liter turbo engine with 255 horsepower and 260lb-ft of torque. If this seems low, 2018 Kia Stinger will also come with the 3.3-liter twin turbo V6 engine. This one, on the other hand, produces 365 horsepower and 376 lb-ft of torque.
There is also diesel available but it won’t come to the United States. Nevertheless, which engine is in question, only one gearbox is available. And that’s eight-speed automatic transmission with five available driving modes, Eco, Sport, Comfort, Smart, and Personal. That’s all nice but sadly there is no manual.
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2018 Kia Stinger – Release Date
The new model will be available this summer, but the pricing options are still not available. But we can guess for sure that 2018 Kia Stinger will undercut its rivals when the price is in question.