FRANKFURT -- Kia will launch its Stinger four-door fastback in Europe in the fourth quarter.
Kia hopes the Stinger will serve as a halo model for the brand and has been pushing the car with a marketing campaign that shows the model racing around the Nurburgring race track in Germany.
The Stinger, which debuted at the Detroit auto show earlier this month, sits on a new rear-wheel-drive platform that it shares with parent Hyundai Motor's upcoming Genesis G70 model. The architecture provides the Stinger with an extended wheelbase of 2905mm, which allows the car a long hood and a short front overhang. The car is 4830mm long and 1870mm wide, which Kia says allows for a more spacious cabin than many other similarly-sized sports rivals.
First rwd/awd model
The Stinger will have rear-wheel-drive with a mechanical limited-slip differential as standard, while all-wheel-drive with brake-induced torque vectoring will be optional, making it the first Kia to offer both.