A New Entry in the Motoring World, Kia Stinger Debuts in 2018.
After years of perfecting the art of car making and studying what the consumers are looking for, today a big dream is on the horizon for Kia. I am pretty sure that Kia gave us plenty of warning that it would eventually build a car like this. Back in 2011, Kia’s Frankfurt show stand featured a rear-drive GT concept, and then, three years ago, Kia unveiled the rear-drive Stinger GT4 two-door concept in Detroit. While we knew that a Genesis-based Kia would eventually emerge, we didn’t know that the hamster brand’s reach into the premium segment would be a four-door hatchback and that it’d actually name it the Stinger.
Car name and brands take and long time before they are let out on the general public, we know that all kinds of silly names come up in the product, where was planning meetings at corporate office, but rarely does one actually become a chrome trunk badge. Alas, we tease, but Kia gets some credit for being ballsy, if also slightly confusing. Hyundai has taken the risky but necessary gamble of spinning off Genesis as a separate luxury brand with a buying experience that is distinct from that for Accent intenders. So it’s surprising that, despite several Kia concept cars that warned us of its arrival, the very product that Genesis craves will appear first as a sort of Asian mini Porsche Panamera built on a Genesis platform and wearing a Kia badge. We live in strange times indeed.
All these thanks to Kia’s European studio which did the design and development of the new Kia Stinger and furthers the reputation of Hyundai-Kia chief design officer Peter Schreyer for delivering visual feasts. Say what you will about Kia, but it is not afraid to mix genres or take chances. The Stinger rides on a shortened version of the Genesis longitudinal-engine, rear-drive component set. It comes with a generous helping of high-strength steel to hold down the mass. The front suspension uses struts while a multilink arrangement carries the rear. At 114.4 inches, the Stinger’s wheelbase is about four inches shorter than the Genesis G80’s, but the whole car is a bit larger than its intended competitors, Audi A4, BMW 3-series, Infiniti Q50, and Lexus IS, thou a low roof gives it a rather aggressive stance. Eventually, the Stinger will be joining us.
Will the new baby provide a solid and controlled ride, although the interior quality is very good, and the front seats are highly supportive, the performance of a turbo 2.0-liter four will be very interesting and am looking forward for review. The car is more familiar like its common Hyundai-Kia front-wheel-drive models, which is rotated 90 degrees to deliver 255 horsepower and 260 pound-feet while the step up is a 365-hp 3.3-liter V-6 with twin compressors, the base engine in the big Genesis G90 banker’s barge. The eight-speed automatic from Kia’s last anomalous luxury reach, the forgettable K900 see, you forgot about it, transmits the torque to either the rear axle or both axles.
The market for this is young, enthusiast dads, who would rather take the bus than drive a minivan or a big crossover. At least they can still have some performance while convincing the wife that four doors makes it practical and is more family-friendly. The only hitch may be that American buyers have proven fearful of things they don’t understand, such as a luxury hatchback sedan sold in the dealerships of a brand that normally trades in more modest fare. No doubt this is why Kia chose Stinger for the name instead of K901 or something equally forgettable.