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.