The 2018 Kia Stinger is an all-new 5-passenger sedan that has been designed to compete against other popular sedans from Japan and Europe. It was unveiled during the 2018 North American International Auto Show, where it stole the spotlight at an event typically dominated by introductions from American auto brands.
Designed to gun for luxury brands such as Lexus, BMW, Audi, and Alfa Romeo, the new 2018 Kia Stinger comes equipped with all the necessary tools needed to shake things up. Some of these tools include an aggressive exterior styling, a rear-or all-wheel drive, and two potent turbocharged engines.
This 5-passenger fastback sports sedan is poised to redefine a segment that is predominantly European. In addition to being backed by the brand’s industry-leading reliability and quality, the new model also scores a first for Kia in terms of being the highest performance production model ever in the brand’s history.
According to Orth Hedrick, vice president, product planning, Kia Motors America, the new 2018 Stinger is a dream come true for the brand. It is a product that is as a result of years of hard work and commitment from a passionate group of executives, engineers, and designers from all over the world.
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Two models are going to be offered – the Kia Stinger and the top-of-the-range Kia Stinger GT. It is highly likely that it’ll be priced below its main competitors just for the sake of making it appealing.
As already told, it comes equipped with two engines beneath the hood – a turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder and a larger 3.3L twin-turbo V6 engine. The base turbocharged engine should be able to produce 255 hp and 260 lbs. ft. of torque, while the brawnier powertrain should be able to churn out a whopping 365 horsepower and 376 pounds feet of torque.
Besides the impressive output figures, the new Stinger for 2019 will also feature additional Kia firsts. These include five selectable drive modes – Eco, Comfort, Smart, Personal, and Sport, an all-new electronically adjustable suspension, and various drive mode settings for transmission shifting, throttle response, and steering.
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2018 Kia Stinger Interior Design
The interior of the new Stinger has not only been designed to cosset the occupants in luxury but is also dedicated to offering the thrill of driving users expect from vehicles in this category. For optimal support and comfort, the Stinger interior has seat surfaces such as air-cell bladders in the bolsters and seatback and ultra-soft Nappa leather covering the deeply contoured seat surfaces.
The dashboard area and center console are void of cluttering and are driver-centric designed. The center console is divided into two – climate and ventilation controls nestle beneath the large color touchscreen and infotainment controls sit neatly below.
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A color TFT screen situated between the large gauges relay crucial performance data such as engine-oil temperature, lap times, cornering G-forces, along with ancillary information such as diagnostics, navigation, driver settings, and a trip computer.
But what makes a true gran Turismo? This question laid the foundation for the designing of a concept car first unveiled at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show. It was a little more than a dream come true for a brand that was often associated with producing cars for the mass market. Its transformation from a concept to a production vehicle ignited embers of passion that would over the next five years morph the little known Korean brand into a force to reckon with in the luxury sedan segment.
It goes without saying that designing it wasn’t an easy task. To bring the Stinger to life, the production team focused all attention to Kia’s Frankfurt studio – the GT Concept birthplace. According to the Gregory Guillaume, Kia Motors chief designer for Europe, a true gran Turismo is a vehicle that is able to combine luxury, comfort, and grace with brutal styling, hard-edged dynamics, and outright power without making any compromise.
Every exterior surface exudes muscular confidence. Its visual balance and stance has been designed to lend the car an air of athleticism and elegance. Key to its road presence are the long hood and short front overhang, rear-wheel-drive proportions, a long rear overhang with strong shoulders, and an extended wheelbase to deliver a spacious cabin.
Its fastback silhouette and shoulder line are enhanced by the recessed contours along the doors and the wide front and rear track. Additional functional elements include an integrated rear diffuser, smooth underbody, wheel arch gills, and front air curtains.
2018 Kia Stinger Engine Specs & Performance
At the heart of the Stinger are two engines that the automaker says are still under development. The first of the two is a 2L turbocharged four-cylinder Theta II engine. It is a base engine and is able to generate 255 hp @6,200rpm and 260 pounds feet of torque @1,400-4,000rpm. Performance credentials are taken a notch higher by the 3.3L twin-turbocharged V6 Lambda II engine that is capable of generating 365 hp @6,000rpm and 376 pounds feet of torque @1,300-4,500rpm.
Transporting the power to either the rear- or all wheels is the second-generation eight-speed rear drive automatic transmission system first offered in the K900 luxury sedan. According to Kia, the gearbox offers maximized fuel efficiency and crisp shifts.
According to preliminary testing, the 3.3L V6 should be able to zoom from 0-62 mph in just 5.1 seconds and max out at a top speed of 167 mph.
An attractive spec sheet is just half the story. Also part of Kia’s DNA are advanced technologies and convenience features. Some of the advanced driver assistance systems include Driver Attention Alert, Forward Collision Assistance, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Keep Assist, and Advanced Smart Cruise Control.
2018 Kia Stinger Release Date & Price
Pricing for the Stinger will start from an MSRP of $32,795 right off the bat. As for the release date, expect the luxury sedan to go for sale in the U.S. sometime in late 2017. So, once the new model hits dealer showrooms, it’ll be the new kid on the block and will have to battle it out with established top dogs in its class that include the Audi A5 Sportback, and the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe.
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