The big “five-door” Kia Stinger debuted in 2017. The company positions it as a “sport”, the liftback is built on a rear-wheel drive platform, its closest relative is the premium Genesis G70 sedan (the Genesis brand belongs to Hyundai). Stinger is a global model, but the demand for it turned out to be modest, this year the liftback is completely in the red on the main markets. So, in Korea, according to the results of January-October (there are no more recent data), sales fell immediately by 35% to 3239 units, in Europe the “five-door” for the same period sold 3,166 copies (-5%), in the United States for eleven 12 827 units (-17%) were sold in months. For example, the soplatform Genesis G70 in January-October 2019 in Korea gained 14,131 owners (+ 25%).
Kia, obviously, is not happy with the results of Stinger, so the company has not yet decided whether the model will have the next generation, which was discussed in an interview in the fall told Korean brand designer Gregory Guillaume. However, he still hopes that Stinger will give a second chance.
However, the company is not going to put an end to the current liftback yet: they are preparing a restyled “five-door” for the premiere, her photo appeared on the Korean forum Bobaedream. The picture is of poor quality, but the Stinger in a camouflaged car is easily recognized thanks to the taillights. Most likely, the model will retouch the bumpers, replace the head optics and grille. In the cabin, a new multimedia system and a virtual “tidy” will surely appear.
By the way, the related “four-door” Genesis G70 will also be updated soon. Sedan predicted gasoline “turbo four” 2.5 with a return of 290 hp from the upcoming Hyundai Sonata N Line. It is possible that Stinger will acquire this engine.
The current Kia liftback in Korea is available with petrol turbo engines 2.0 (255 hp) and V6 3.3 (370 hp), as well as 2.2 diesel (202 hp). All engines are combined with an eight-speed “automatic”, the drive is rear or full.
The restyled “five-door” can be declassified in mid-2020.
Stinger is also represented in Russia; full-fledged sales started in March last year. In the Russian market, the liftback is available with a “turbo four” 2.0 (197 or 249 hp) and a turbocharged V6 3.3 (370 hp), with rear or all-wheel drive. Price – from 2 074 900 rubles. In total, in 2018, 1842 cars were sold, the result of January-November of the current year was 1344 units.