The Kia Stinger is a stunning sedan, but it also makes for a surprisingly good-looking sportswagon.
The words "performance" and "Kia" have never gone together. That all changed when the Kia Stinger sports sedan stole the show at Detroit this year, with its dashing good looks and a not-so-modest 3.3-liter twin-turbo V6 engine that delivers 365 horsepower. No, we never thought we would get this excited over a Kia either, but the Stinger represents a radical diversion for a car company which was previously best known for producing unassuming hatchbacks.
Should it be successful, it's not hard to imagine Kia expand the Stinger range with other variants. Hungarian artist X-Tomi Design has done Kia's work for them, with some renders showing how the Stinger's shape could be adapted into an attractive coupe and sportswagon. T he designer's interpretation of a Stinger sportswagon is particularly appealing, managing to extend the roofline to the cargo area to allow for more luggage space while retaining the Stinger's sporty styling with the addition of an integrated rear spoiler. The design is said to be influenced by the Kia Optima Sportswagon.
Due to go on sale in the US this year, the Stinger will be available in both rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive. In North America, you get a choice of a 255 horsepower, 2.0-liter turbo diesel engine, or a beefier 365 hp, 3.3-liter V6 with an 8-speed automatic gearbox, though the automaker has no plans to offer a manual as of yet. Do you think the Stinger makes for an attractive coupe and sportswagon?