Kia’s brand new Stinger sedan has just made its world debut at the Detroit motor show. It is due to go on sale for 2018 as the automaker’s first proper rear-wheel-drive sports sedan ever. The Stinger was first announced at the 2011 Frankfurt motor show with Kia GT Concept. However, the production-ready model will be much less futuristic than the concept on which it’s based. According to some reports, the 2018 Kia Stinger should go on sale in late 2017.
Design and Features
The Stinger features an aggressive exterior styling that comes as the work of Kia’s European design studio in Frankfurt. Its front end sports the brand’s signature “tiger nose” grille. Thanks to its low stance and muscular proportions, the 2018 Kia Stinger differs from anything else the automaker has produced. Its long and sculpted hood gets two air vents and extends back into a raked windshield. The overall styling is clean and simple, with a particularly appealing profile. In a way, the new Stinger is reminiscent of European sports cars such as Alfa Romeos and Maseratis.
Inside, the 2018 Kia Stinger offers a fair amount of luxury features. Expect to see seats and steering wheel wrapped in Nappa leather, as well as large gauges ringed in metal. Positioned between two gauges is a color screen that displays performance data. The Stinger also gets a tablet-style infotainment system mounted on top of the dashboard. While front and back seats offer ample legroom, the car’s fastback shape compromises rear headroom. Some of the standard safety features include automatic emergency braking, lane keep assist and adaptive cruise control.
Kia Stinger Specs
Under the hood of the 2018 Kia Stinger will be a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder or a 3.3-liter twin-turbo V6. The four-banger will make 255 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. The more powerful V6 should churn out impressive 365 hp and 376 lb-ft of twist. The only available transmission will be an in-house eight-speed automatic. The automaker claims the V6 will need around 5 seconds to go from 0 to 60 mph. Now, the latest reports reveal the European-spec Stinger will get an additional 2.2-liter turbo-diesel four-cylinder. Expect the oil-burner to crank out 197 horsepower and 325 lb-ft of torque.
When it comes to the Kia Stinger price tag, the company has yet to release official details. In any case, we expect the new model to undercut its German and Japanese rivals in terms of starting prices.