With the 2017 Canadian International Autoshow fast approaching, we thought we would mention one of the cars we are most interested in seeing in just over a month.
Recently we published on the Canadian debut of Aston Martin’s AM-RB 001 prototype, which we are very much looking forward to seeing first hand. This one is much more down to earth (and likely far more affordable) – the new Kia Stinger.
The Korean car firm has undoubtedly come a long way in the last 10 years, from boring cheap machines that broke at even the slightest sneeze to actually decent cars giving models like Civic or Focus real competition – and a run for their money.
Kia has teased the world with this rear or all wheel drive sports sedan for a number of years. Though it is only recently they have unveiled a working production example. The Stinger will be powered by a 3.3L V6 in the top of the range model or a 2.0L inline 4 in the entry level. Whichever engine the buyer chooses, Kia say they are looking to take on models such as the BMW 3 series or Mercedes C-class.
We suspect this sports sedan’s target is meant to be in line with the Hyundai/Genesis G90, which made runner up in our Car of the Year story late December. Though the Stinger will likely come in on a more affordable level – as Hyundai and Kia are sister companies.
The design isn’t bad either, though still sporting some telltale Kia looks it does give onlookers the sense this is more than an every day sedan. Look inside and passengers will even find driving settings including Eco and Sport modes.
It will be interesting to see how the Stinger’s targets respond to this new threat, as well as how the market embraces another option in the growing sport sedan range. Whatever the case may be, we are looking forward to getting a first-hand look at this car next month.
Photo source: Car and Driver
Written by Adam from Imagine Auto