While I surf through the new releases of the North American International Motorshow and immediately forget 99% of all innovations, my gaze sticks to a vehicle. A damn pretty hatchback. And what a ... It is difficult to classify who the manufacturer might be.
A second look reports Kia. Kia Stinger. A Kia? Seriously now? I haven't had a lot to do with the Korean brand so far. Okay, a good friend is now driving her second Kia, on which she has stuck our “Min riktiga bil är en Saab” sticker. She is satisfied with the brand, which I classify as reliable, solid, but also -sorry- boring. That should be done with boring soon.
Because this hatchback remained in the memory. So much so that the next day I searched the Kia Stinger again on the web - and I still thought the rear end was good. And is the Stinger a car for a Saab fan? The Cardealermagazin from Brexit Island it looks like that. And Kia too. A speaker about the new Kia:
'This is a car for buyers who want something different - the anti-german brigade who used to buy Saabs. Doctors, accountants, architects, people who want individual styling, a larger car and value for money.'
The English have always been big Saab fans. Their country was at times the most important market in Europe for the brand from Trollhättan. And if Englishmen find the stinger good, then there must be something to it.
The stinger is cool. His tail could also adorn a Saab. Or a Maserati. His bonnet is infinitely long advised, the front overhangs are crisp short. The lines are surprisingly clear, more elegant than aggressive. There comes a classic Gran Turismo with space for 5 persons. Under the well-formed hood to be either an 3.3 liter twin-turbo with 365 PS or a 2 liter turbo with 255 PS to be found.
Kia Stinger Design from Frankfurt
The brand is Korean, but the GT is quite German in some ways. The exciting design of the Stinger, created under the supervision of Head of Design Peter Schreyer, was created in Hessen. The design center is not far from the former Saab branch in Frankfurt. Another German, former BMW manager Albert Biermann, is responsible for tuning the chassis. The set-up drives and the fine-tuning took place at the Nürburgring. The Stinger relies on classic rear-wheel drive. That creates tension.
And as traditional as the drive layout of longitudinal engine and rear-wheel drive, it continues inside. The interior is classically restrained. No war of buttons or virtual cockpits. Everything is arranged soothing. And, as far as the pictures allow a judgment, the ensemble creates a valuable impression. The Stinger comes, supposedly at affordable prices, in 4. Quarter 2017 to Europe. It could be an individual alternative for anyone who does not feel like the usual premium labels, or anyone who's after the 10. SUV finally want to drive a nice car again.
An alternative for Saab fans?
In the past there were sophisticated and affordable alternatives from France, Italy and Sweden for individualists. Today and tomorrow they could be from Korea. I have no idea and no prognosis at all whether I could make friends with the Kia brand. But the Stinger, and that damn pretty tail, stayed in my head in the days that followed. I asked the Kia press office for pictures, which I received by return post. Because I wanted to write about this hatchback, which I consider interesting and exciting.
Regardless of the displeasure that some readers will have when I think outside the box again. But guys, it just has to be! These excursions are important, not only because the world keeps turning and there are surprises beyond the boring SUV wave. Also from brands where you don't even want to suspect.
In any case, the Kia Stinger moves to the list of cars that I want to test drive. Simply because I'm into sleek hatchback cars, and because this pretty rear is not out of his mind more than a week later.