The Kia Stinger has attracted a lot of attention to the brand and the company obviously wants to keep that momentum going.
Speaking with Autoguide, Kia North America product planner Orth Hendrick confirmed the company is looking into different versions of the car as the reaction has been “phenomenal.” He went on to say the model has convinced a lot of people to move up from the Optima and he thinks there “might be other opportunities down the road.”
There’s no word on what those opportunities could be but it might be awhile before anything materializes. As Hendrick explained, the car recently went on to sale so “we’ll probably wait for a while to get some data in and see what the reaction will be.”
Since the Stinger is a bit of a mainstream halo vehicle, Kia will give it timely updates to keep the car fresh and on customer’s shopping list. According to Hendrick, Kia will be “very aggressive” about the Stinger’s lifecycle as “You have to keep the car going with powertrain variants and other stuff coming down the road.” This seems to suggest the company will roll out continuous updates and possibly a handful of special editions or performance variants.
Speaking of special editions, Kia didn’t waste anytime as it introduced the Stinger Atlantica last month. Described as a European-inspired model, the car has a unique exterior with special paint and 19-inch alloy wheels. The special edition also boasts Espresso Brown Nappa leather upholstery, a suede-like headliner and additional equipment such as heated rear seats.
Unfortunately fans hoping for additional body styles, such as a Stinger coupe, are probably out of luck. As we reported a few months ago, Kia doesn’t have any intentions to create Stinger sub-brand or anything too drastic.