Kia confirms diesel-powered Stinger

  • Five-door coupe will get 2.2-litre turbodiesel engine
  • Boasting 200hp and eight-speed auto transmission
  • Set to be the Stinger’s best-selling engine across Europe

Less than month after the model’s unveiling, Kia has given details on the 2.2-litre diesel engine due to slot into its all-new Stinger.

The South Korean manufacturer hopes to take on high end rivals such as the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe, Audi A5 Sportback and forthcoming Volkswagen Arteon with the new executive five-door coupe. 

Turbodiesel set to take the lion’s share of sales

Available with a choice of three engines, the rear-wheel drive Stinger also comes in 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol and 3.3-litre twin-turbo six-cylinder forms. The diesel, however, is expected to account for the majority of Stinger sales across Europe.

Producing 200hp and 440Nm of torque, the 2.2-litre turbodiesel motor will take the Stinger from 0-62mph in 8.5 seconds and on to a top speed of 140mph. The engine itself is the same 2.2-litre turbodiesel which features in the Kia Sorento SUV, albeit with tweaked engine managment software. 

There’s no word yet on fuel consumption or emissions, though, with further details expected to be confirmed in the coming months.

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No manual gearbox option

Kia has confirmed that the second-generation of its eight-speed automatic transmission will be fitted as standard across all engine variants. This will be accompanied by five selectable drive modes – Eco, Sport, Sport+, Comfort and Smart (adapts to current driving environment) – which will tailor engine, transmission, steering and suspension settings accordingly.

High levels of standard kit expected

As usual with the South Korean brand, Kia is offering a wide range of standard equipment on the Stinger. This includes Bluetooth phone connectivity, a head-up display, a wireless charging pad for smartphones, a seven-inch multimedia screen with sat-nav and six audio speakers.

Driving assistance aids such as adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, autonomous emergency braking and rear cross traffic alert will also be available.

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