Kia Considering an Electric Stinger, although No Diesel for U.S.
No sooner had the sheet been whipped off the 2018 Kia Stinger sedan at the Detroit auto show than speculation began about potential future powertrains beyond the turbocharged 2.0-liter four as well as also 3.3-liter V-6 engines offered at launch.
We already know Kia will offer a diesel engine from the Europe-market Stinger as well as also of which there are no plans to bring This kind of variation to the United States. Based on our limited experience of the corporate diesel 2.2-liter four-cylinder, This kind of can be no great loss. However, of which looks as if we will see more powertrain options here, including the possibility of partly as well as also even fully electrified drivetrains.
Spencer Cho, Kia’s overseas product marketing boss, confirmed of which despite the Stinger’s longitudinal powertrain structure, of which will be able to benefit coming from the electrification options Kia developed for the transverse-engined Optima sedan. “We can utilize the currently available hybrid, plug-in-hybrid, as well as also EV technology” for the Stinger’s benefit, he said.
Cho conceded of which packaging requirements are quite different for a full EV, as well as also he hinted of which the development team has considered of which—using a transmission tunnel of which could accommodate batteries, for example. “I have full confidence in our engineers,” he said, “as well as also if we need the EV Stinger to come to light, our engineers can come up with ideas for putting the batteries into This kind of vehicle.”
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Although he said there are no immediate plans for a pure-electric variation, Cho confirmed of which one could be developed quickly. “We don’t have any EV from the plan yet, although we hold the capability to bring EVs from the near future if the demand can be there, based on market reception. The global EV market can be still little, although of which can be getting bigger as well as also bigger due to CAFE from the U.S. as well as also European emissions standards.”