The Stinger is the latest offering from the Korean automotive manufacturer, Kia. As far as trends can be seen, it is quite clear that the car is designed as Kia’s answer to its German rivals such as Audi and BMW. The five-passenger, four-door hatchback will come with an optional four-wheel drive and standard rear-wheel drive.
The 2018 Kia stinger release date has not been announced officially as yet, but since order bookings will be accepted from late 2017, it can be expected to hit the markets sometime in the first quarter of 2018.
2018 Kia Stinger Engine
The Stinger sports a three-cylinder, 2.2-liter engine that produces 200 hp; optionally, you can go for a 3.3 liter 365-hp 24-valve intercooled twin-turbo. There is another alternative as well; you can opt for a 2 liter turbocharged intercooled 16-valve four cylinder engine that produces 252 hp. Other than the engine, not much difference is there in terms of features in the two models.
All of them are sporting an eight-speed automatic transmission, with the standard rear-wheel drive, and you can opt for the all-wheel drive. The 7-inch touchscreen is standard for all models, as is lane keeping assist. Adaptive cruise control and automatic emergency braking is standard for all models as well. Additionally, you can opt for a 15 speaker Harman/Kardon audio system. Acceleration is great for its bulk; the car goes from zero to 62 mph in 5.1 seconds.
An eight-speed automatic gearbox is standard in all the models as well, although you can opt for a limited-slip differential if you can looking to snazzing up the saloon. The rear wheels will work just as great on slippery and pockmarked roads without losing their grip once, thanks to the bunch of cogs. They will also serve the car well when you are pushing the speed up on an immediate basis.
Stinger Wheels – 2018 Kia Stinger
As mentioned before, the Kia Stinger comes with a rear wheel standard and an optional all-wheel. If you do opt for all-wheel, you will be rewarded with a torque vectoring system that will detect which of the wheels have the maximum and firmest grip and send power to that one. This actually makes the car more secure as the car will become more sure-footed while tackling sudden sharp bends or oncoming vehicles.
Safety Features – 2018 Kia Stinger
Speaking of safety, the Korean manufacturer has gone all out with safety features in its new saloon car. The car is fitted with a 360-degree camera that makes maneuvering the car in tricky conditions as secure as it can get; you will get a full view of the area around you before you decide which way to go. Apart from that, there is an autonomous emergency braking system that brings the ca to a halt automatically when conditions ahead are non-drivable. All this is part of Kia’s new DRIVE WiSE system, and other features included are lane assist, automatic headlights, and blind spot maneuvering.
Other Technology – 2018 Kia Stinger
The technology in the 2018 Kia Stinger does not end with the DRIVE WiSE inclusions. Safety features have been extended to include the usual speed relays, satellite navigation, and a warning system that tells the driver when to slow down and when to take a detour as per road conditions ahead. And apart from safety features, the Stinger is equipped with Bluetooth connectivity and a wireless charging pod for smartphones. The more basic models come with a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment display panel, while upgraded models come with an 8-inch panel.
Stinger Dimensions – 2018 Kia Stinger
Put in raw detail, the 2018 Kia Stinger has a wheelbase of 114.4 inches. It is 190.2 inches long, 73.6 inches wide, and tall by 55.1 inches.
Its curbside weight of 3650-3900 lbs makes it quite a bulky car, and the passenger volume is around 98 cu ft. It is a big car, by all standards, and is pretty spacious inside as well; the back seas have enough room for you to cross your legs and curl up comfortably for longer drives. Besides, the seats are positioned pretty low, which is also ultra comfortable, thanks to an improved center of gravity.
Stinger Exterior Design – 2018 Kia Stinger
Design wise, the Stinger is a departure from the usual Kia ranges, which are fairly run of the mill. The signature tiger-nose grille is there, but it has been stretched to make way for the wide front bumper, and the huge angular air vents create a very powerful effect. The brake lights are huge, as are the four exhausts.
The futuristic look is enhanced by the chrome and steel trimmings, accentuated with black, and the alloy wheels. The 19-inch wheels are fitted with standard Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tires, which give the car a firm grip on the trickiest of roads. The reactive steering allows for path control with ultimate precision, and you can handle the toughest turns and bends with minimal error an extreme smoothness. Here is a little bit of a software glitch though, noticeable when you are driving in manual mode: the paddles do not always respond.
Stinger Interior Design
On the inside, the hatchback is sportier, with minimalism taking center stage. Leather trimmings on the upholstery and chrome highlights in the air vents add to the sporty feel, and the wide dashboard and freestanding infotainment system lend to the sensible yet luxurious aura. It is wide enough on the inside to double as a family car for a road trip, and the large boot and cargo spaces are certainly extremely useful.
The Kia Stinger Price
The 2018 Kia Stinger price has not yet been officially declared, but we can easily estimate it to be upwards of $33,000, going up to $48,000 for the upgraded versions. While that is quite a few notches higher than Kia’s other offerings, even more than its bestseller, the Soul, the price is justified; this is the first saloon car from Kia that is attempting to match the Audi and BMW in proportion and features.