Kia Motors followed through on the promise of a production model of the GT concept as Kia Motor’s all-new 2018 Stinger fastback sport sedan redefined the Kia brand at the North American International Auto Show on the 9th of January.
Instantly recognizable as a direct evolution of the concept that preceded it, the all-new 2018 Kia Stinger design was overseen by Peter Schreyer, Kia Motors’ chief design officer, and his talented squad of designers in Frankfurt.
Kia Motors America is pumped up for what the new stunning vehicle will bring.
“Unlike any Kia that has come before it, the Stinger really is a dream car for us, and here today in Detroit, that dream is now a reality after years of commitment and hard work from a passionate group of designers, engineers and executives around the world,” said Orth Hedrick, vice president and product planning, Kia Motors America. “From its GT concept-car origins to the years of tuning and refining on the legendary Nurburgring circuit, no detail was too small to be obsessed over, and the result is simply stunning.”
From its sleek front clip through its svelte flanks, and up to its powerful haunches, the Stinger exudes a muscular confidence. The Stinger’s stance and visual balance are designed to lend the car an air of elegance and athleticism, rather than boy-racer aggression.
The low-slung cabin with its steeply raked windshield and backlight sits toward the rear of vehicle, creating a fast silhouette. Inside is a space dedicated to the thrill of driving while cosseting the occupants in luxury.
The Stinger features a second-generation eight-speed rear-drive automatic transmission. Drivers can let the gearbox manage shifts on its own or may selectively run through the gears via paddle shifters mounted aft of the steering wheel.
A choice of alloy wheels and tires are also offered. The 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder models ride on 225/45R-18 performance tires while the 3.3-liter V6 is shod with staggered ultra-high performance rubber 225/40R-19 in front and 255/35R-19 at the rear.
Connectivity, entertainment, and vehicle information can be as important as a dynamic driving experience and the Stinger comes to market with the latest infotainment systems. Resting within the center console is a wireless Smartphone charging pad. Bluetooth®[vi] hands-free operation is standard while many of the vehicle’s subsystems may be accessed through the steering-wheel-mounted controls.
“We’ve made a lot of great cars and I’m proud of all of them, but the Stinger is something special,” said Peter Schreyer, Kia Motors’ chief design officer.
Offered with multiple engine and drive train configurations and luxurious accommodations, the Stinger is planned to go on sale in the U.S. later this year.
2018 Kia Stinger makes world debut at North American International Auto Show.
Kia Motor’s all-new 2018 Stinger fastback sport sedan redefines the Kia brand.
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