The KIA Stinger, launched on the market in 2017, has not exactly been a sales success. This sports sedan was meant to be measured against premium models from the likes of the Audi A5 Sportback and BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe, which is why it boasts premium trim and a refined rear-wheel drive platform.
The truth is that trying to sell a vehicle with these characteristics under a generalist brand is usually somewhat complicated for image reasons. However, with the new EV6, KIA has realized that buyers looking for an electric car are more open to purchasing an expensive vehicle regardless of the logo on its front, prioritizing aspects such as technical specifications.
This would have encouraged KIA to replace the Stinger with an electric sedan, which will be launched in 2025. At the moment it is not clear if it will continue to use the E-GMP platform already seen in the EV6, or if it will be one instead. one of the company’s first models to use the new eM architecture, more flexible than its predecessor.
It is not ruled out that this four-door “coupe” is a kind of sporty brother of the Hyundai IONIQ 6. As with the Stinger, we can expect its electric heir to stand out from other midsize sedans through a redesign. point focused on dynamism, agility, and driving pleasure.
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Of course, it will continue to have rear-wheel drive versions, although the option to equip all-wheel drive will not be lacking thanks to the addition of a second electric motor on the front axle. The range will be crowned by a GT variant that will be capable of exceeding 600 hp (the EV6 GT announces 585 hp).
Regardless of the platform used, what is certain is that KIA’s next sedan will use an 800-volt electrical architecture, technology that will allow it to advertise very competitive charging times (the EV6 is capable of going from 10 to 80% in just 18 minutes, one of the lowest figures in the sector).
Among the rivals of the replacement for the Stinger will be the Hyundai IONIQ 6 itself, as well as the Volkswagen ID. AERO. However, due to its sporty approach, it will be closer to the future CUPRA electric sedan, which is currently under development. It will also have to face the Polestar 2 and Tesla Model 3.