2023 Kia Stinger
- Expected Launch in Pakistan = 2023 or 2024
- Expected Price in Pakistan = 85-95 Lac PKR
Kia introduced its mid-size liftback, compact, executive family car, Stinger, in 2017. The Kia Stinger received an update in 2020, and the restyled Stinger went on sale in the third quarter of 2020 in Korea and at the start of 2021 in Britain while it reached the North American market in March 2016. After its success in South Korea, Mexico, Canada, Europe, North America, and Australia, Kia Stinger also made its way to the Pakistani automobile market. The Kia Stinger was first exhibited at Pakistan Autoshow held in 2019, and the fans got excited. Its expected launch was at the end of 2021, but its launch has been delayed to 2022. The Kia Stinger is an 8-speed automatic car that delivers exceptional performance. It differs from other Kia models because it has different specifications and features that make it comparatively more costly than other models. It will be available in two engine choices in Pakistan. It will become a dream car and compete with BMW and Audi models. No official announcement about the date of its launch has been made, but as soon as it gets launched, you can purchase Kia Stinger from all Kia showrooms in Pakistan.
Trims & Variants:
Kia Stinger is available in four trim levels that are: GT Line, GT, GT1, and GT2.
The GT Line trim offers a seven-inches touch screen, 2-USB ports, 6 speakers, keyless entry, leather upholstery, heated front seats, and an 18-inch wheel.
The GT trim offers all-wheel-drive, Brembo brakes, 9 speakers, front parking sensors, and 19-inch wheels.
The GT1 trim is updated with an 8-inches touch screen ventilated front seats, adaptive suspension, a sunroof, adaptive cruise control, and automatic high beam headlights.
The GT2 trim adds heated rear seats, adaptive pivoting headlights, a power tailgate, and a head-up display.
The GT-line variant has a 2.0 liters engine, while all other trims will get the power from a 3.3 liters engine.
Engine & Power:
The Kia Stinger is expected to be available in two engine choices in Pakistan. These are Lambda 3.3 T-GDI and Theta II 2.0 T-GDI engines. The Lambda 3.3 T-GDI engine has a 3342 cc displacement and generates a maximum of 364 horsepower @ 6000 RPM and 510 nm @ 1300 RPM to 4500 RPM of torque. The Theta II 2.0 T-GDI engine has a displacement of 1998 cc and generates a maximum power of 221 horsepower at 6200 RPM and maximum torque of 354 nm @ 1400 RPM to 4000 RPM.
Performance & Drive:
The Kia Stinger brings back passion with a Vengeance and delivers impressive ride quality. Both of the engines work great to give you an efficient ride. The Kia Stinger offers 8-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel-drive as standard in all the variants. The transmission is smooth to provide you with one of the most comfortable rides in a sedan. The driving dynamics of the Kia Stinger are good, having responsive and nicely weighted steering. It will make handling the car easy, making parking in tight spaces easier. The braking system is upgraded with Brembo brakes that give strong stopping power even at high speeds, and the performance oriented-tires give exceptional road grip. The suspension of the Kia Stinger is well-tuned and has enough cushions to absorb all the bumps and jerks given by the road and keep the driver agile on curvy roads. The adaptive shock absorbers in GT1 and GT2 models quickly soften to kick out all the bumps and dips. The acceleration of both engines is smooth and has much passing power. The 3.3 liters engine is eager at lower speeds, scoots the car around the city with power, and feels more thrilling at higher speeds. The near-optimal grip per power balance in Kia Stinger takes 4.4 seconds to sprint from 0 to 60 miles per hour. The fuel economies of all the trims are not bad. The 2.0 liters engine gives 22 miles per gallon in the city and 29 miles per gallon on the highways with rear-wheel-drive. The all-wheel-drive in 2.0 liters engine Kia Stinger provides 21 miles per gallon in the city and 29 miles per gallon on the highways. The 3.3 liters Kia Stinger when driven with a rear-wheel-drive option, will give 17 miles per gallon in the city and 25 miles per gallon on the highways, and the all-wheel-drive also gives similar mileage estimates.
Exterior Design & Features:
The exterior design of the Kia Stinger is attention-grabbing and has a commanding presence. The front end has a black chromed grille and single-lens LED headlights. The headlights come with high beam Assistance. The rear end has more luminous combination lamps, the Quad exhaust has a larger diameter, and the diffuser gives it an aggressive appearance. It is available in seven exterior color options, and the car is 1870 millimeters in length, 4830 millimeters in width, and 1400 millimeters in height. It comes with four-wheel options that are 18-inches alloy wheels type A and type B and 19-inches alloy wheels type A and type B.
Interior Design & Features:
The inside of the Kia Stinger is sleek, and has clean-cut styling, with the quality of materials used. We can see soft plastic trims, metallic accents, and leather upholstery inside the Kia Stinger. The finish is impressive but still lower than the Audi and BMW models. It is a four-door hatchback that gives seating capacity for five adults and has generous headroom and legroom. The driving position is comfortable, and the cabin remains quiet at high speeds except for the engine note. There is a 7-inches touch screen in the base variant and an 8-inches touch screen in higher-end variants mounted on the dashboard, giving you infotainment. It has simple menus with sharp graphics and easy buttons for control. Android Auto and Apple Carplay are provided as standard in the infotainment system. There are 15 speakers in the higher-end trims with a Harman Kardon sound system to provide you with entertainment. Other than this, you will have 2 USB ports, a smartphone charging device, a dual-zone climate control system, keyless entry, push-start button, and a sunroof. It has a cargo space of 23.3 cubic feet that can be increased to 40.9 cubic feet when the rear seats are folded. The cargo space of the Kia Stinger is generous enough to carry much of your luggage and is larger than the cargo space provided in other luxury sedans.
Safety & Features:
The body of the Kia Stinger is made rigid, and some of the technology is used for providing maximum protection to the passengers. For example, the reinforced quarter panels above the rear wheels align the body at a higher point for better stiffness, and the safety cage formed by all the seats is reinforced greatly. In addition, the bulkhead sub-frame now joins 4 surfaces instead of 3 for providing better stiffness. Some of the safety features of the Kia Stinger are mentioned below:
- Blindspot detection
- Forward collision warning alarm
- Rearview camera
- Automatic emergency brakes
- Adaptive headlights
- Adaptive cruise control
- Head-up display
- Pedestrian detection
- Front parking sensors