Kia Stinger May Try To Rival Tesla Model 3 With Electric Variant

Kia may have only just taken the wraps off its long-awaited Stinger sports sedan and it has already emerged that the car could receive an all-electric variant rivaling the Tesla Model 3.

While speaking with Auto Express about the model at the Detroit Auto Show, Kia’s head of overseas marketing, Spencer Cho, confirmed that the platform underpinning the Stinger “is capable of a full EV powertrain at a later date”.

Although Cho stopped short of confirming an electric variant, it would be a waste not to make the most out of the model’s flexible architecture. At launch, we already know the Stinger will be offered with a 3.3-liter twin-turbo V6 and a 2.0-liter turbo and further down the road, will get a 2.0-liter diesel for Europe, Korea and other select markets.

Alongside the Stinger’s ability to support a large selection of powertrains, Cho revealed that it is also a good platform for the brand to add autonomous technologies to.

“We are working on level three and level four autonomous technology and the Stinger is a good platform to add some of that technology to. We’re carefully evaluating this technology before we put it into our cars, though,” he said.

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  • Grumpy

    I thought the Model 3 would be smaller than the Stinger.

  • IT USED TO BE THAT DESIGNERS TRIED TO MINIMIZE THE SIZE OF THE BUMPER NOW THEY ACCENTUATE IT. CURRENT DESIGN TREND IS A BUMPER WITH A HOOD SLAPPED ON TOP, FORGET THE REST.

    • Grumpy

      In terms of function, it makes sense. With the bumper taking up the front space, in the even of an accident, it reduces other panels from getting damaged.

      In terms of design, I get what you are saying. You could even say the headlights and taillights are given a lot more detail. Volvo for example are dull from the side, but the headlights and taillights, accentuate the front and rear.

    • john1168

      I don’t know if this has something to do with what you’re saying but pedestrian crash standards may have something to do with it too. When the standard first came out a while ago, it lead to some really ugly designs. I think designers are figuring out how to make some nice designs now while maintaining the pedestrian crash standard.

  • baofe

    Biggest thing Kia needs to work on is brand identity. I recently went to check out a Kia dealer in my area and the place looked and felt so poorly managed. The badge itself does not help. While these are petty things, keep in mind the audience Kia wants to go for. I think it’s best for Kia to start improving the minor details not only in their cars to attract more premium car buyers. The stinger does look great though good step forward!

  • Jay

    people will buy this new optima, I mean stinger GT, but most will get the two confused.

    • fabri99

      Well, this was confusing.

      • Jay

        I was trying to say this just looks like a new Optima. Even with the new bumpers and lights, so people will confuse the two cars. It could even get away with be a more upscae “amg” or “type s” version if you know what I mean.

        • fabri99

          Yeah, I got it. I was joking…

  • Cameron

    Lol, good luck…. KIA HAH

    • People said that ten years ago… now look at them!

  • S3XY

    All talk. Everyone is all talk. We’ll believe when we see it. Until then, everyone bows down and kisses the toes of Tesla.

  • john1168

    I got my heart set on the V6TT but an all electric version would be cool too. It seems like KIA isn’t screwing around and they’re going full speed ahead.

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