Kia to Bring Stinger Sports Sedan to U.S.

  • Sedan designed in Frankfurt targets leading German brand
  • Stinger’s 390-horsepower V6 races 0-62 mph in 5.1 seconds

The 2018 Kia Stinger.

Source: Kia Motors Co.

Kia Motors Corp. said its Stinger sports sedan will go on sale in the U.S. late in 2017, a decision that may help raise its profile among buyers who focus on a vehicle’s speed, performance and handling.

Since 2012, Kia’s K900 has served as its luxury flagship, leaving a gap with performance enthusiasts. U.S. supplies of that vehicle were short, with sales of just 834 cars in 2016, a 68 percent slide from the prior year. Kia also has a relatively small stable of SUVs and no pickups -- the types of vehicles that most competitors are using to lure buyers.

The automaker will equip the five-passenger, rear-wheel-drive Stinger with a choice of two turbocharged engines. At the top will be a 3.3-liter V6 that generates 390 horsepower and propels the car from zero to 62 miles (100 kilometers) per hour in 5.1 seconds. A 2.0-liter four-cylinder will also be available. Kia said it will announce the Stinger’s price later this year.

2018 Stinger
The Stiinger's interior.
Source: Kia Motors Co.

Kia is also banking on the Bavarian roots of its chief designer, Peter Schreyer, whose 1998 design for the Audi TT roadster influenced a generation of German stylists. In its press materials, Kia compared the car to the Audi A4, the BMW 4 Grand Coupe, and the Lexus IS.

“Kia so far has been a volume brand,” Schreyer said at an event in conjunction with the Detroit auto show. “If we are able to make a car on a high level like those, it would be for us a big achievement.”

Kia sold 647,598 vehicles in the U.S. in 2016, up 3.5 percent from the previous year. Its best-selling model, the Soul crossover, saw sales decline by 0.9 percent, while the Sportage SUV jumped 51 percent.

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