Kia May Deal a Stronger Blow to Audi and BMW with Higher-Performance or Premium Stinger Models
You know an automaker has a potential gold mine of a car on its hands when it’s already talking about adding variants to a model that just hit the market. That’s the position Kia is in with the Stinger GT, a car that has caught everyone’s attention in all the right ways. It’s no surprise, then, that Kia is already looking into producing different model variants of the Stinger provided that sales and interest in the four-door saloon remain strong.
Kia Admits that the Telluride Could Wear K900 Underpinnings
The Kia K900 luxury sedan currently sits as the company’s flagship model. Just don’t expect it to be the only one sitting at that table soon. The Korean automaker’s product planner, Orth Hedrick, hinted that the K900 could be joined by a crossover that will be based on the sedan. Hedrick stopped short of revealing too many details, but his comments brought memories of the Telluride Concept back to the surface. Could it be that Kia’s head product planner is hinting at a production future for the concept SUV that debuted at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show? Stay tuned.
Report: The 2019 Kia Ceed Will Offer i30 N "Agility and Playfulness" in GT Trim
The Kia Ceed family is growing by the day. Fresh off a report that revealed a new Ceed SUV is on the way, a new report indicates that the Ceed will also come in a “more agile and playful” Ceed GT that will draw similarities to the Hyundai i30 N. It’s essentially Kia’s very own hot hatch, and it’s scheduled to launch in 2019.
Kia Marketing Boss Confirms a Ceed SUV is in the Works
The all-new Kia Ceed will eventually grow into an entire family of new models that will include a compact SUV. The surprising revelation came from Artur Martins, Kia’s vice president of marketing, who told Auto Express that the new SUV will sit beneath Sportage and will act as the brand’s champion against models like the Volkswagen T-Roc. Details are still unclear, but the model is expected to arrive sometime in the middle of 2019.
Will the Next-Gen Kia Soul Be Available with AWD?
As positive as the reviews have been for the Kia Stinger sports tourer, there’s no denying that the quirky, fun-loving Soul crossover still stands as the face of the franchise. The Soul has proven its worth by turning into one of Kia’s most popular models. But as awesome as the Soul has been, there’s always room for improvement. In the case of the funky crossover, that improvement could come in the form of all-wheel drive capability.
Kia is Working on a More Extreme Version of the Forte and it Smells like Proceed
The all-new Kia Forte’s debut at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show was met with sighs of relief from a public that had gone tired and weary of the last-generation model. The third and current-generation Forte came with an updated styling that evoked similarities to the highly touted Stinger GT. It also featured an updated interior and new safety and tech equipment. As promising as the new Forte is, there might be more reason to celebrate because of reports that a hotter version of the Forte could be in the pipeline for performance-starved customers in the U.S.
Souped-up Kia Stinger GT to Get V-8 Engine
Rumors of a more powerful version of the awesome Kia Stinger GT have been flying around ever since the Korean brand launched the sedan – and we have a rendering and speculative review for it – but the Asian carmaker has yet to confirm such plans exist. However, the company’s Australian communications manager just hinted that a higher performance version could come to the U.S. soon. What’s more, it appears that instead of a beefed-up V-6, Kia may use a V-8 powerplant for the range-topping four-door.
Speaking to CarAdvice, Kevin Hepworth, the brand’s communications manager in Australia, said, "I believe they’re developing one" when asked about a V-8-powered Kia Stinger. And while he pointed out that such a model won’t make it Down Under, he added that "there may be a possibility the U.S. could pick it up." There’s no word as to when it could arrive, but as we mentioned in our speculative review, a 2018 launch for the 2019 model year seems very likely. What specific engine will it use and how much power will it send to the wheels? Keep reading to find out.
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Kia’s Upcoming Shooting Brake Concept has us Saying "Please Take our Money!"
The 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show is just around the corner and, as usual, we’re in for a ton of debuts including both production and concept cars. Kia, which runs a design center just 500 meters from the Frankfurt Motor Show, is among carmakers that will bring new products to the event. The company’s main highlight is a concept car that presents "a new body type for Kia." It doesn’t have a name yet, but the Korean manufacturer points out that it indicates what the next-generation Cee’d "could look like."
It’s bold, athletic, and indeed brings a new body style to the current Kia lineup. While the company describes it as an "extended hot hatch," it’s actually some kind of modern shooting brake. Or a really sleek wagon with an almost fastback rear end. But it’s gorgeous, and the really wide wheel arches, the sculpted side skirts, and the rear diffuser suggest we’re looking at a performance model. Kia didn’t share any actual details about the car, but I might have an idea about what it may be. Keep reading to find out.
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Don’t Expect A Hardcore Version Of The Kia Stinger For The Time Being
The Kia Stinger GT caused quite a stir when it made its debut at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show. Not only did it usher in a new era of Kia performance models, but it also made it known that Kia’s all set to compete in a premiumsedan market currently dominated by the likes of Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz. It’s no surprise, then, that soon after the Stinger GT broke cover, the rumor mill was inundated with an insinuation that a “hotter” version could be in the works. A Stinger “GT-R,” as folks christened it. Well, according to no less than Albert Biermann himself – he’s the head of Kia’s high-performance division – a more powerful version of the Stinger GT is possible; it just won’t happen anytime soon.
As deflating as it sounds, Kia did offer a pretty sound explanation as to why it’s holding off on a more hardcore version of the Stinger GT. According to Biermann, the focus at this moment is to make sure that the Stinger GT is successful. Launching the car (it’s expected to arrive in the U.S. later this year) is the first step. From there, the company is intent on gauging the kind of customers it gets and understanding what these customers are looking for in terms of a more performance-oriented version of the model. It’s an approach that wouldn’t make sense if it was BMW, which already knows what its customers want. But this is Kia, a company that’s technically diving into these waters for the first time. As Biermann told Motoring Australia, entry into this premium market is something Kia needs to do “carefully.”
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2018 Kia Stonic
Korean automaker Kia has expanded its lineup at an amazing rate in recent years, tackling numerous segments that it has ignored in the past. It also launched increasingly better vehicles in the last decade, to the extent that it can now give more established brands a run for their money in Europe and the United States. But Kia isn’t stopping here and now wants to enter the mini-SUV market. It will do so in late 2017 with the Stonic, a small crossover that will share underpinnings with a similar vehicle from sister company Hyundai. The Stonic will tackle the likes of the Nissan Juke and Mazda CX-3, joining the Sportage and Sorento in the lineup.
Scheduled to go on sale in the third quarter of 2017, the Stonic is a small crossover based on the Rio and shares underpinnings with the tiny hatchback. It mirrors the Kia inside too, while the exterior borrows numerous features, blending them with unique cues that gives the Stonic an identity of its own. Sporty on the outside, modern on the inside, and packed with the latest technology for road-going cars, the Stonic seems to have all the attributes required by the mini SUV market and then some.
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2020 Kia Stinger Coupe
Kia shocked a lot of people when it pulled the sheet off the Kia Stinger earlier this year, and things only got better once folks got a chance to sit down in the most comfortable vehicle Kia has ever built. Offered here in the U.S. with a 255-horsepower four-cylinder or a 365-horsepower V-6, the newest four-door on the block is set to compete against models like the BMW 4 Series, the Audi A5 Sportback, and even models like the Lexus GS or Infiniti Q50. But, what if Kia didn’t stop there? What if it wanted to take on the two-door segment too? Well, there’s no reason at all that it shouldn’t, and we decided to give Kia a head start by designing our own take on what a Kia Stinger Coupe would look like.
When the Stinger we all know and lust for (that’s weird to say about anything with a Kia badge, right?) has four doors, our coupe has an extended front door and a large chunk of rear quarter glass that hints toward the best passenger room of any two-door currently on the market. Plus, it retains that rear hatch and sharp roofline that makes the four-door model so attractive. With that said, let’s take a closer look at this rendering and discuss some of the finer details before Kia decides to steal our idea and run with it.
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2019 Kia Stinger GT Plus
Kia surprised a lot of people when it debuted its new Stinger GT thanks to the performance and luxury DNA that Kia developed for its first big step into such a popular segment. Set to compete against models like the Audi A5 Sportback, Mercedes C-Class, BMW 3 Series GT, and the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe, Kia’s new halo car has a lot to live up to. But, Kia isn’t done writing the Stingers story just yet as Product Market Boss, Spencer Cho, has said that the Stinger will become electrified in the future. Meanwhile, a high-performance version could be on the table as well, thanks to the Stinger’s excessively strong chassis. With that concept in mind, we tapped into our resident artist to put together a rendering of what a high-performance Stinger just might look like.
As a high-performance model, Kia will build on the car’s current profile by adding more aggressive features on the outside, to go with a few minor updates inside, and a significant power bump under the hood. It’s pretty likely that it will eventually happen, but what we don’t know is what Kia will do to increase the performance of the Stinger. Will its future hybrid plans play a role in the performance model or will it be all computer remapping and hardware upgrades? Well, we have a few theories, so let’s talk a little more about the rendering and the possibilities in my speculative review below.