There aren’t many performance sedans left to serve the market, save for the staple Germany luxury vehicles. The Dodge Charger and Chevrolet SS have carried the torch for American automakers for some time, but as we’re all aware, the SS will exit production later this year, and a revised Charger is still years away.
Then comes Kia swinging for the fences with the 2018 Stinger, a rear-wheel drive performance sedan with an available 3.3-liter twin-turbo V6 engine. At a time when we’re readying our goodbye to the 2017 Chevrolet SS, how is it that Kia can introduce such a car?
Even as the market turns to crossovers and utility vehicles, Kia sees a market for a performance sedan. And as the Chevrolet SS sits on its deathbed, we can’t help but wonder if potential Chevrolet SS buyers may find solace in the 2018 Kia Stinger.
It looks great, seems to have the performance credentials for the segment and will likely undercut any comparative vehicle in its class. And the price is likely a major factor here.
The Chevrolet SS has long been out of reach for many due to GM’s decision to not de-content the vehicle in the slightest, while the Stinger will likely take a Pontiac G8 strategy and provide accessible price levels with the base turbocharged four-cylinder engine. It’s a tried and true formula: shake up a segment long defined by a select few.
But, it may an even more timely move for Australian friends. As the 2018 Holden Commodore moves to front-wheel drive, the 2018 Stinger may be just what the market calls for when it comes to a proper rear-wheel drive performance sedan, even if there won’t be a V8 under the hood.
We simply want to use this space as a call to action, whatever weight it pulls. There’s a market for these vehicles, and Kia may be jumping aboard the niche at just the right time.