• A New Report Says the Kia Stinger is in Trouble

Things have, apparently, escalated quite quickly for the Stinger

About a week ago, in the middle of April 2020, we told you that you should hold off on buying a new Kia Stinger because the next-gen 2021 Stinger was going to be so much better. The highlights of the next-gen model were said to include a larger, more powerful four-cylinder in the base model with the high-end model expected to see some tweaks, power upgrades, and improved technology. Now, a new report out of South Korea has cast shade on the previous report in the very worst way. As it turns out, the Kia Stinger might not be long for this world….at least not in the short term.

Is the Next-Gen Kia Stinger Canceled?

A New Report Says the Kia Stinger is in Trouble
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The current word coming from the Korean Car Blog, says that the second-generation Kia Stinger is in trouble. In fact, it could be canceled outright. The outlet doesn’t name a source for its report, but what it’s saying does, at the very least, make a little bit of sense.

With record low sales happening across the globe at the moment and the Stinger itself being aimed at more of a niche and enthusiast market, it could very well be sent off to the guillotine as automakers like Kia aim to cut expenses as much as possible to stay afloat during these harsh times.
A New Report Says the Kia Stinger is in Trouble
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The real question right now is how far along Kia is in the design and development stage. We knew that a second-gen Stinger was on the cards, and with the current model being out since 2017, there’s a good chance Kia has already put in some pretty serious work. Of course, the same report is saying that the Genesis G70 is also on the chopping block, something that makes sense considering that it shares its engines and RWD platform with the Stinger.

With that said, we should also point out that things haven’t exactly been looking that good for the Stinger anyway. Despite the fact that it’s more comfortable than a BMW 5 Series, sales have been casually dropping. In 2019, for example, Kia only managed to put 13,3884 stingers in garages – about 3,000 less than in 2018. So far this year, thanks to the continued popularity in SUVs and the global pandemic, Kia sales are said to be down too. At this point we have to question if a facelift is even going to happen, but we’ll just have to wait and see how things turn out.

A New Report Says the Kia Stinger is in Trouble
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Kia Stinger specifications
Engine 3.3L Twin Turbo V6
Displacement (cc) 3,342 cc
Bore x stroke (mm) 92.0 mm x 83.8 mm
Compression ratio 10.0:1
Horsepower 365 hp @ 6,000 rpm
Torque 376 lb.-ft. @ 1,300-4,500 rpm
Transmission 8-speed automatic
Top Speed 167 mph

Source: The Korean Car Blog

Robert Moore
Robert Moore
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Robert has been an auto enthusiast his entire life. He started working cars at a young age, learning the basics from his father in the home garage on the weekends. As time went on, Robert became more and more interested in cars and convinced his father to teach him how to drive when he was just 13 years old. Robert continued working on cars in his free time and learned as much as he could about engines, transmissions, and car electrical systems, something that only fed his curiosity more and eventually led him to earn a bachelors degree in automotive technology with a primary focus on engine performance and transmission rebuilding.  Read full bio
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