Last week at the Detroit Auto Show, we finally got a glimpse of the new 2018 Kia Stinger. After hearing the rumours, trying the guessing game and speculating much more than we should, the veil was pulled back and we got a good look at Kia’s entry into the sports sedan market.
What was most surprising was that instead of the two door GT-style vehicle we had expected, we got a four door sports sedan instead. Certainly not an unpleasant surprise especially given how good it looks!
The design certainly has appeal. There is definitely some Mazda and some Jaguar in there, but the design is all original and all Kia. It’s a long profile, with a long, curved hood. Angled headlights and the Kia tiger nose grille are present and correct, as is the vertical vent at each corner. The lower sill is detailed and looks good, as do the hood vents by the windshield.
The side skirts add a definite sporty look to the side while a flowing silhouette with raked windshield, curved roof and fastback rear quarter all hint at speed. The rear is simple, with a horizontal light strip and raised rear deflector with quad pipes. There is more than a hint of Maserati in that rear profile and the Stinger looks great for it.
Inside, a single flowing dashboard is a real highlight. A nice centre stack has a popup screen, some simple controls and unfussy appearance. In fact, the entire interior is simple, yet well done and seeks to avoid distracting you from the ride. While time is obviously limited at an auto show, from what we saw, the interior looks fantastic.
Under the skin
Under the hood will be either a 2.0-litre turbo four that will produce 255 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque or a 3.3-litre turbo V6 that will deliver 365 hp and 376 lb-ft (est.) of torque. Both will use an eight speed automatic with paddle shifters to send power to the rear or all wheels.
The 2018 Kia Stinger will also feature Brembo brakes, Dynamic Stability Damping Control, Centrifugal Pendulum Absorber torque converter, torque-vectoring and a mechanical differential to keep the ride smooth while the power is down. All should combine to make a very lively but comfortable ride.
The Stinger will also have a few safety features on board. They include forward collision warning, emergency braking, lane keeping and rear cross traffic alert, a heads-up display and hands-free phone and car controls.
From what we saw, the 2018 Kia Stinger is a great looking car that will take the fight to the incumbent GT manufacturers like BMW and Audi. It is due for release later this year so keep an eye out for more details.