2018 Stinger

At a Chinese New Year luncheon earlier today, Naza Kia Malaysia chief operating officer Datuk Samson Anand George said that he is “confident” that the company will be able to bring in the Kia Stinger soon. His comment lent more weight to the words of company head Nazman S.H.C Yusof last month, who said that the company is interested in bringing in the rear-wheel drive sports sedan in.

“If possible, we would like to bring in the Stinger to the Malaysian market, but it will have to depend on the demand and legibility,” said Nazman during the international media drive of the new Kia Rio in Melbourne. During today’s event, head of product planning Mohamed Shahrul Farhan Abdul Wahab also said that he hoped the principal Kia Motors Corporation (KMC) and Samson would be able to pull it off.

The introduction of the Stinger would follow Naza Kia’s intention to elevate itself into a more premium market space, in line with the wider KMC’s global strategy to increase its brand value. Naza Kia’s plan to bring in the new Optima in range-topping high-performance GT form is part of this strategy as well.

The Stinger is Kia’s entry in the compact executive sedan market, packed with the likes of the BMW 3 and 4 Series, Mercedes-Benz C-Class and Audi A4. Power comes from either a 200 PS/440 Nm 2.2 litre CRDi turbodiesel, a 255 PS/353 Nm 2.0 litre turbo petrol engine or a 370 PS/510 Nm 3.3 litre twin-turbo petrol V6.

All models come with an eight-speed automatic transmission. As mentioned, the car is rear-wheel drive with an optional mechanical limited-slip differential; there’s also a rear-biased all-wheel drive system on offer, with brake-operated Dynamic Torque Vectoring Control.

The body uses 55% advanced high-strength steel, and the Nürburgring-developed chassis features MacPherson strut suspension at the front and a multi-link setup at the rear, along with a rack-mounted electric power steering system that enhances steering response and reduces unwanted vibration.

So, would you be interested in the Kia Stinger if it comes over here?