Of the Korean sister brands, Hyundai and Kia, the former has taken most of the accolades in the higher-end segments. At the Detroit Auto Show, Kia showed that it’s not stuck always playing second fiddle to its sister brand with the release off the all-new 2018 Kia Stinger.
The Stinger ushers in an amazing look that no one ever would have expected from Kia. It is a true sports sedan through and through, as it boasts a wide stance that’s even wider visually thanks to the slim “tiger nose” grille set between LED headlights, the front air vents, the stunning wraparound taillights and more. The sleek coupe-like roofline also adds to the sportiness of this sedan.
Inside, there are a few items that are clearly Kia, like the steering wheel. But otherwise, the Stinger looks the part of a true luxury sports sedan. While the standard features have yet to be fleshed out, the long list of available features includes Nappa leather seats, a split-opening center console, a large freestanding touchscreen, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a color TFT screen between the gauges, satin-chrome highlights, a 15-speaker audio system with 720 watts and under-seat subwoofers, and more.
Under its hood, the Stinger will have a pair of available engines. The base powerplant will be a 2-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with an estimated 255 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. Optionally, there will be a 3.3-liter twin-turbo V6 with an estimated 365 horsepower and 376 pound-feet of twist. These engines will pair with an eight-speed auto transmission that will toss power to the rear or all four wheels. The V6 engine will get the Stinger to 60 mph in just about five seconds, per Kia’s estimates.
Safety shouldn’t be an issue in the Stinger, thanks to its available Driver Attention Alert, Forward Collision Assistance with Autonomous Emergency Braking, pedestrian detection, Advanced Smart Cruise Control and more.
Stay tuned for updates as they become available.