Kia Stinger's future could be electric after an upcoming update

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It's hard to believe that the Stinger has been gone for a couple of years.

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The Kia Stinger is a lovely hatchback with some pretty decent performance chops. Its great touring nature makes it ideal for long trips to nowhere in particular, and will have a hoot in the process. But while the Stinger is certainly having a good time, its future is a little less secure as Kia's priorities evolve and buyers' tastes follow suit. Fortunately, it looks like Kia is not ready to label the Stinger as a one-off proposition.

Like almost every car out there these days, the Kia Stinger will get a mid-cycle update, according to a new Top Gear interview with Karim Habib, the automaker's chief designer. "We just wanted to strengthen a few things," Habib told TG, specifically mentioning the lighting, which means new headlights (or different internal parts) are likely to be ordered. As with other mid-cycle updates, it wouldn't be obscene to suppose a few visual tweaks in addition to a new feature or two, but Kia is unlikely to go too crazy in the process.

This is the first time we've heard confirmation of the pending Stinger facelift, but it's not the first time we've heard about this. In April, a report from Australia stated that the Stinger update will include a power boostalthough it's not clear if that includes both the 2.0-liter turbocharged I4 base and The 3.3-liter V6 biturbo. On the other hand, there is also a rumor that the 2.0-liter could be in the way in favor of a cooler 2.5-liter design that will also have to do with the updated Kia Optima.

But what about the future of the Stinger beyond this slight series of tweaks? Well, it's an unknown at this point, but Habib is optimistic that the Stinger laid the groundwork for future Kia vehicles, whether they bear the same insignia or not. "I definitely hope that the spirit of the Stinger remains at the center of what Kia is as we change as a brand," Habib told Top Gear. "As technology advances into electric vehicles and as the world and its appetite for these types of cars change, the concept will probably have to evolve too … But sporty, affordable and beautiful sculpture, I really think it's something what you have to live in. " on the mark. "

For those of you waiting for an Electric Stinger, the time is in your favor at least. Kia announced earlier this year that it intends to launch 11 electric cars by 2025, the first of which should arrive next year. While the OEM hasn't explicitly said which vehicles will be included, it's not crazy to imagine that some of them are electric variants of their current lineup (like the Soul EV or Niro EV), while others may be standalone models, and you bet your last dollar, there will also be some crossovers in the mix. The company has mentioned a planned investment of $ 25 billion to make this happen, so let's hope there is room for maneuver for something that is more exciting than the rest.

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