Kia’s exciting sporty five-door, the Stinger, has just been updated, but now we’ve got some pretty bad news. The production of the model, which was presented in 2017 and will arrive in Europe quite surprisingly, may end in 2022, ie next year, and for the time being it very much seems that there will be no more.
As with all manufacturers, South Korea’s Kia will focus on the electrified models of the future, which is why manufacturing is being reorganized on most production lines, including the Sohari plant where the Stinger is made. According to one Korean car magazine, the production line will be redesigned for the new Carnival Hybrid and production of the Stinger will be completely completed.
The decision may not be surprising, Stinger would not fit into future regulations with any of its engine variants, and its current sales do not justify its maintenance. And the long-engined Kia, built on the floorboard of American Genesis premium cars, doesn’t serve the brand’s current values at all, which the other members of the portfolio do.
No matter how logical the decision may seem, for lovers of driving and those who like technical treats, the Stinger will be the missing piece from the automotive industry. As a sport model from a basically volume manufacturer and, moreover, as a car with such good handling, it was a really refreshing highlight.
Currently available with three engines, the 2.0-liter petrol will be replaced by a 2.5-liter 260-horsepower version this year, and the 2.0-liter diesel will be replaced by another petrol, the GT version with a 3.3-liter, 365-horsepower, V6 biturbo engine with eight-speed ZF automatic transmission and electronically controlled all-wheel drive.
No plans have yet been heard that anything similar will be made at Kia to replace the model, and hybrid powertrains have not yet emerged around the founding Genesis, which is less important to the U.S. market than to Europe. So it could easily be that Stinger will be left without a successor in the future of the brand, Kia will now focus all its strength on hybrid and electric models.
Source: Vezess by www.vezess.hu.
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