Report – Kia Stinger to also get some form of electrification image

Kia has officially taken the wraps off its new GT – the Stinger – during the ongoing 2017 Detroit Auto Show and already we’re getting more and more details about future enhancements.

The model is getting two gasoline engines on the United States – including the new biturbo from the Genesis luxury brand – and for Europe the company has also confirmed the diesel installment. The chief of Kia’s high-performance unit, Albert Biermann, has previously confirmed the Stinger would be treated to a diesel unit for Europe – because the model would be of little to no interest to Old Continent buyers otherwise. The best candidate would be the Sorento and Santa Fe 2.2-litre four-cylinder engine packing 197 bhp.

More importantly, the rumor mill is indicating an electrified version of the Stinger will follow later on, as a hybrid first but a full electric version is also in the cards. Spencer Cho, Kia’s overseas product marketing chief hinted the Stinger does use a longitudinal engine layout but can still share components with the existing, transverse-engined Optima hybrid and PHEV. A pure EV is also possible, with the transmission tunnel reused as a battery location. “We don’t have an EV in the plan yet but we have the capability to bring EVs in the near future if demand is there,” added Cho.

Via Autocar