Tesla Model S Knock-Off Kia Stinger May Go All-Electric For 2020
The 2018 Kia Stinger made its debut recently at NAIAS in Detroit. Having had the opportunity to see it in person, it stuck in the memory bank as one of the nicest looking new vehicles at the event.
One couldn’t help but think Tesla Model S or Audi A7. Billed as a grand touring large hatchback, competing in the luxury segment, this all makes sense. The first thought coming to mind was … will Kia make plans to electrify this model?
Kia’s overseas product boss told Car and Driver that the vehicle will have a diesel version (not available in the U.S.), and potentially an electric powertrain in a few years. He shared:
“We can utilize the currently available hybrid, plug-in-hybrid, and EV technology.”
He said that since packaging for EV tech is so different, engineers already planned ahead and designed the transmission tunnel to be able to accommodate batteries. Though the new Stinger has a longitudinal layout, the engineers assured that the vehicle is manufactured in such a way that the electrification setup for the transverse Optima can be utilized. He continued:
“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.”
It will likely be 2020 before we see this in the works, which isn’t too far away, as that is the date that many automakers are shooting for. At that point, depending on how things work out for Tesla, we may only see the Model 3 beginning to satisfy a greater capacity of new orders at that point in time. Hyundai’s Genesis (which is built on the same platform and has now led to the automaker’s new luxury division) already has electrification plans for 2018, which makes the electric Stinger even more promising.
Kia and Hyundai are looking at a goal of 300+ miles for these vehicles as they come to fruition. The Kia Stinger is slated to have an all-wheel drive option and an EV version would pull off a zero to 60 sprint in under five seconds.