The FINANCIAL -- The new Kia Stinger fastback sports sedan makes its Asian premiere on March 30 at the 2017 Seoul Motor Show.
Shown in a new color and specification specially prepared for the show, the car is displayed alongside the 2011 Kia GT Concept, the vehicle which provided a template for the production Stinger’s final design, according to Kia.
In addition to the Stinger, Kia’s futuristic motor show display showcases the brand’s latest in-car technologies, with a Virtual Reality (VR) theatre demonstrating Kia’s DRiVE WISE driver assistive systems, alongside a range of fully-interactive exhibits dedicated to the future of car-to-car and car-to-environment connectivity.
Asian premiere for fastback Kia Stinger
Displayed in public for the first time in the brand’s domestic market, Kia’s powerful new fastback sports sedan channels the spirit of historic grand tourers – powerful, elegant vehicles capable of moving their owners in style and at speed. The Stinger features a head-turning aesthetic, ample room to accommodate five occupants and their luggage, a stable, unruffled ride, and nimble handling with engaging, rear-biased power delivery.
When the Stinger goes on sale in Korea, it will be available with a choice of three powerful engines. These include a powerful 3.3-liter twin-turbo V6, producing 370 ps with a maximum torque output of 52 kgf.m, giving the Stinger 0-to-100 kph acceleration of just 4.9 seconds, and making this the fastest-accelerating and most powerful car Kia has ever produced. Also available is a 2.0-liter turbo gasoline engine (250 ps power output, and 36 kgf.m maximum torque) and - depending on market – a 2.2-liter turbodiesel engine producing 202 ps and 45 kgf.m torque.
The Stinger will be available with a choice of rear-wheel and all-wheel drive, as well as a range of DRiVE WISE active safety systems and an electronically-adjustable Dynamic Stability Damping Control suspension system. A five-mode Drive Mode Select system will give drivers the ability to customize the driving experience, altering suspension, throttle and steering characteristics to offer drivers sportier ride and handling, a more relaxed gran turismo-inspired ride for taking on long-distance drives, and everything in between.
The Kia Stinger displayed in Seoul features a new design interpretation, with a new rich yellow paint finish, as well as a new front grille, air intakes and bonnet louvres finished in lightweight carbon fiber, emphasizing the car’s subtle curves and muscular appearance.
For the first time at a motor show, the Stinger is to be displayed next to the Kia GT Concept, first revealed at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show. The Kia GT Concept provided the inspiration for the Stinger production car, and its presence in Seoul will give visitors to the show the opportunity to see how Kia adapted the design for a dramatic production debut.
Interactive exhibition of connectivity and autonomous technology
Kia’s motor show stand in Seoul will offer visitors the opportunity to experience the company’s DRiVE WISE Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) with an advanced VR theatre.
DRiVE WISE embodies Kia’s philosophy to realize intelligently safe vehicles and improve safety for all road users. The VR theatre allows visitors to fully interact with Kia’s futuristic driver assistive technologies and learn more about the way that these innovations will shape the future of driving. Visitors will be able to experience a range of technologies already available on new cars, such as Advanced Smart Cruise Control (ASCC) and Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB), as well as get a feel for how the technology will improve driver safety and enjoyment in future. DRiVE WISE employs advanced camera and sensor technology developed by Kia to aid drivers and help prevent collisions.
Kia is also exhibiting a series of connectivity technologies, showcasing innovative ‘car to home’ innovations which could one day allow cars and homes to communicate with one another. Users can access the technologies through a fully-interactive display made up of Kia’s latest in-car audio-visual navigation systems, which enable them to control their TV, lights and house heating from the wheel of their Kia; or start their car and adjust the heating and ventilation systems from within their house to maximize cabin comfort from the very start of a journey.
Kia’s display of its car connectivity technology envisions a future of intelligently connected vehicles which communicate more closely to their environment to maximize safety, comfort and convenience.