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You Can Pretty Much Kiss the Stinger Goodbye, Hints Kia Design Boss

"Do not go gentle into that good night. Old age should burn and rave at close of day; Rage, rage against the dying of the light." OK fine, maybe this won’t be that sad of a story, but according to Kia design boss Karim Habib, the fully electric EV6 can be viewed as a spiritual successor of sorts for the Stinger, which doesn’t bode well for the latter.
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Habib was approached at the LA Auto Show by Autocar and asked specifically if the Stinger GT will get a replacement, to which the design exec said the following: “The spirit of Stinger remains and will remain. I like to think that the EV6 has the genes of the GT. We’re going to do a GT of that, and it has the Stinger in it.”

He goes on to say: “Stinger has been a transformational car, and opened a whole new perspective as to what Kia can be, sporty and a precision driving tool. EV6 is now doing similar.”

Wowzers! First, let me just say that we certainly don’t have access to a crystal ball, so we don’t know what’s going to happen with the Stinger or what Mr. Habib meant to say exactly. However, the question he was posed merited a direct yes or no answer, or perhaps an “I don’t know” or even a no comment.

Instead of doing that, he starts talking about how you’ve got the spirit of the Stinger inside the EV6 and how the latter is eventually getting a GT version. That sounds a lot like a man inadvertently saying that we need to start focusing on the EV6, because the Stinger's time is almost up.

Of course, since it just recently received a facelift, we expect the Stinger to stay in production until at least 2023 or even 2024, before it will likely go extinct in favor of something that doesn’t sip any gasoline – but can be just as fun to drive, as Habib suggests.


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