At an Occasion typically dominated by introductions from American Automobile Firms, Kia Motors America (KMA) stole the spotlight with the world introduction of the all-new 2018 Kia Stinger at the 2018 North American International Auto Show. A five-passenger fastback sports sedan poised to redefine a section currently populated by European automakers, the Kia Stinger promises to be the highest-performance manufacturing vehicle in the company’s history and is backed by Kia Motors’ industry-leading quality and reliability. Launched with multiple engine and Drivetrain configurations and luxury accommodations, the Kia Stinger is intended to go on sale in the U.S. At overdue 2017.
2018 Kia Stinger Exterior and Interior
The Kia Stinger GT appears similar to the 2011 GT Concept that Surprised a few individuals with bold styling and sporty components. Ever since then, Kia has generated an assortment of good-looking cars, but the Stinger adds some extra snack with an aggressive body kit, big diamond-cut alloy wheels, a rear spoiler only above the brake lights and four chromed exhaust tips.
Even entry-level cars are in GT-Line spec, meaning all Stingers will Look sportier than equal 4 Series and A5 versions and sit on 18-inch wheels — the top-spec GT S has a bigger 19-inch wheels.
The inside feels like a step up in quality above some of Kia’s additional Cars, but is still beaten by its German contests that both feel much more superior and well-built. Nevertheless, those cars are more expensive, and the Kia still comes with sporty ventilated leather chairs in either red or black, a seven-inch infotainment screen, electronic instrument cluster and a head-up display.
Added to this is DAB digital radio, cruise control, Europe-wide Sat-new maps, blind-spot detection and voice recognition — all as standard. The Kia does well on the tech front, while also being reasonably practical. Even though the sweeping coupe roof cuts into rear headroom slightly, the boot gap includes the back windscreen to create the load area more versatile.
2018 Kia Stinger Under the Hood
Three engines are available from launching — a 2.2-liter 197hp diesel Offering 50.4mpg and a 0-60mph period of 7.3 seconds, and 2 patrols. The lower-powered 2.0-liter turbo generates 244hp and 0-60 at a quick 5.8 seconds, while the top-spec GT S model comes with a 365hp 3.3-liter twin-turbo V6 that gets to the 60mph mark in just 4.7 seconds — making it the fastest-accelerating Kia ever.
The sole gearbox is an eight-speed automatic. Kia states that despite The 0-60 time, the Stinger GT is not designed to be the quickest car, but instead to make the most of the travel and to be comfortable and elegant. It isn’t a sports car, however, with its rivals being so good to drive, it is very likely that the Stinger will handle fairly well through corners.
2018 Kia Stinger Price and release date
The Stinger is on sale now, starting from £31,995 for its entry-level Petrol GT-Line model. The identical diesel version includes a £1,500 Premium, as well as the range-topping V6 GT S will price £40,495.