The 2018 Kia Stinger made a surprising debut at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show, and already the automaker is talking about electrifying it.
Billed as the company’s sporty luxury sedan, the Kia Stinger stunned many in Detroit with its aggressive design and promising 3.3-liter turbocharged V6 powertrain with 365 horsepower. In Europe, Kia will offer the Stinger with a diesel engine but the automaker has no plans of bringing the oil burner to the U.S. Instead, the U.S. could benefit from electrified versions of the Kia Stinger, including the possibility of a fully electric model.
Kia’s overseas product marketing boss, Spencer Cho, confirmed the Stinger could use the electrified powertrain options found in the Optima sedan, despite the Stinger’s longitudinal powertrain layout. “We can utilize the currently available hybrid, plug-in hybrid and EV technology,” he said. He admitted that packaging a fully electric powertrain in the Stinger has different requirements, but hinted that the development team has considered it, such as incorporating the batteries in the transmission tunnel. “I have full confidence in our engineers, and if we need the EV Stinger to come to light, our engineers can come up with ideas for putting the batteries into this vehicle.”
For now, Kia doesn’t have plans for a Stinger EV and will keep an eye on demand to see if it’s warranted.
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