The launch of the new KIA Stinger may be canceledApril 22, 2020
There was information that KIA will not update Stinger, the future of the Genesis G70 is also in doubt.
Just a few days ago, we announced the upcoming Kia Stinger update, in which the base 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine could be replaced with a more powerful 2.5-turbine engine, which would increase power by at least 45 horsepower. The 3.3-liter Twin-Turbo V6 is expected to remain, but with some refinements. It’s a good news. The bad news is that there are rumors that the next-generation Kia Stinger can be completely canceled.
The Korean automobile blog talks about a new, yet unconfirmed report from South Korea, indicating that the second-generation model may have problems due to the coronavirus pandemic. Like all carmakers these days, a budget cut should happen in KIA due to record low sales. Stinger is aimed at enthusiastic buyers, so lower sales are expected here compared to, say, Kia Sportage.
Kia Stinger has never been a mass product. In current circumstances, automakers are redirecting investments to vehicles that have proven their worth. The current Stinger arrived in 2017, so a full upgrade was expected in the near future.
The future may also be bleak for the Genesis G70, which not only shares its engines with Stinger, but also its rear-wheel drive platform. The report also mentions that the next-generation G70 could also be canceled for the same reasons. Again, SUVs bring more revenue to the company than sedans, so Kia and Genesis may soon have to make difficult decisions.
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