New Kia Stinger sports saloon revealed

The Kia Stinger is designed to take on Audi and BMW saloons and will cost around Β£41,000 when it goes on sale in the UK later this year

Words ByDarren Moss

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We've known for some time that Kia wants to enter the sports saloon market, but now official pictures and details have been revealed ahead of the car’s unveil at the 2017 Detroit motor show.

Called the Kia Stinger, it will go on sale in the UK in October and take on sleek, prestige-badged models such as the Audi A5 Sportback and BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe.

What is the Kia Stinger?

The Kia Stinger was first hinted at back in 2011, when Kia showed a GT concept, and the production model sticks closely to that original design.

A five-door, five-seat car, it has an overtly aggressive look that distinguishes it from Kia's other cars - most notably the conservative Optima executive saloon. Plus, Kia is promising buyers a "nimble and fast" driving experience, but one which is also luxurious and quiet.

What engines will the Kia Stinger be available with?

Buyers will be able to choose from two petrol engines: a 252bhp turbocharged 2.0-litre, and a twin-turbocharged 3.3-litre V6 petrol with 360bhp – that’s more than you get in an Audi S5. In this most powerful form, Kia says the Stinger GT can accelerate from 0-62mph in 5.1sec, all the way up to a top speed of 167mph.

Both versions of the car have an eight-speed automatic gearbox as standard, and both can be had with the option of four-wheel drive. A diesel-engined version of the Stinger is follow in 2018.

What equipment will the Kia Stinger come with?

For the first time in a Kia, drivers will be able to choose between five different driving modes, dubbed Personal, Eco, Sport, Comfort and Smart. This system can adjust the suspension settings to cope with different driving conditions.

The Stinger's suite of safety equipment includes Forward Collision Assistance, which is Kia's version of Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB), as well as a driver fatigue monitor, rear cross traffic alert, lane keeping assistance and adaptive cruise control.

Inside, drivers get a head-up display, wireless smartphone charging pad and Bluetooth connectivity. Both versions of the Stinger get a 7.0in touchscreen infotainment system, and the Stinger GT additionally gets an upgraded stereo.

How much will the Kia Stinger cost?

Kia won't reveal final pricing for the Stinger until closer to the car's launch, but we expect it to cost from around Β£38,000, meaning it would significantly undercut rival cars from Audi and BMW

The Stinger GT, which will have the 3.3-litre engine and be the first version of the car to reach showrooms, is expected to be priced at around the same level as a high-end Sorento SUV, which means around the Β£41,000 mark.

Read more – Our full Kia Optima review

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