Updating to a 2019 Kia Stinger GT Plus

With the prospect that Kia is making we might soon get a 2019 Kia Stinger GT Plus model. With the Stinger car, Kia has managed to surprise everyone as it was the first venture of the company into a new segment. The car was also introduced with a completely new design language which presents the new luxurious DNA which Kia specifically saved for these types of cars.

After the Stinger made its way to the public, they also released some future plans of how the company may evolve and continue from this idea. Some offers on the table are an all-electronic version, of course, and an inevitable high performance version. The latter option might sound as if it would be completed quicker than the former and we just might see it come to fruition in 2019. The concept for the GT Plus version of the Stinger car has been leaked in the form of a rendering and it looks that this project might truly happen.

To make the 2019 Kia Stinger GT Plus possible the existing profile of the car will be used, but will be amped up to eleven and become more aggressive and mean looking. The interior will probably get a low end update and the best part comes under the hood where there is a high possibility that the model gains a new engine or a heavily boosted version of the current one.

Here is what our thoughts are on the potential 2019 Kia Stinger GT Plus.

When Could the Release Date Come?

The potential release date of the 2019 Kia Stinger GT Plus is still not easy to determine. Being that this project exists on paper, as far as we know, the release date is still far from happening. But the idea of it coming is pretty acceptable and might be made sooner than we can think it would. It will probably be made for the 2019 season which would attract a lot of interest from the audiences.

What Could the Price be?

The price for the 2019 Kia Stinger GT Plus is still debatable and jacking up the base Stinger will also mean pumping up the price. As the base models retails for a price between $35,000 and $40,000, depending on the offers, a high-performance version of the Stinger will probably amount to somewhere between $45,000 and $50,000, also depending on the additions offered.

2019 Kia Stinger GT Plus Exterior

Based on the rendering of the 2019 Kia Stinger GT Plus it is expected that the car receives a pretty new and aggressive look. But the base Stinger model is already pretty aggressive looking on its own, so there is enough room to add more of it. Expected changes are going to appear for the front part of the car with the majority of them happening for the grille. We are going to get a new piece which adds black surrounds and body-colored outlining within the edges. Also new cutouts are made for the air dams while the vents on the hood are going to be functional in order to provide cooling for the high-performance engine underneath.

The side of the car will probably keep things more or less similar and we are sure to get an identical profile. There are some parts which could potentially be changed in order to benefit the car. These would reduce the drag coefficient down and also help the car get more aesthetic appeal. The painted parts will probably be matched with the front and rear design cues. The back part of the 2019 Kia Stinger GT Plus will gain more additions and it starts with the added wing in the back. This one will probably serve as more of an aesthetic addition but it could help in providing a little bit of downforce. The new diffuser will be redesigned in accordance with the aggressive nature of the entire car and bigger exhaust pipes will be placed in the rear as well. The ride height of the car will also be reduced and it might go down about 0.5 inches.

2019 Kia Stinger GT Plus Interior

The interior of the 2019 Kia Stinger GT Plus is predicted to get only a few changes compared to the original Stinger. The cabin is already sporty and aggressive enough so it does not serve for them to go too much overboard with this. The additions will probably include some high end materials which will include Alcantara leather which will be fitted on the new flat-bottom steering wheel and the door panels. Seats are already good enough but might be updated to include racing harnesses and provide more lateral support.

As far as the technical side of the car goes, we are expecting an all-digital instrument cluster. As the case is with other rivaling cars and all of them going digital it would be foolish to think that Kia does not go the same way. There is a lot of room left inside the car so they have a lot of options that they could go with and one of those is expanding the infotainment with an added display. It does not hurt to try when you have all of that free space on your hands.

Drivetrain Capability

There are a lot of options that they can go with the engine of the 2019 Kia Stinger GT Plus. Firstly, they could update the current version and give it more power. The currently used 3.3-liter V-6 is actually capable of supporting more power than it offers now and here likes the key for the update. They may enable the car to increase power by adding bigger turbos and increasing boost pressure and that way getting more strength out of the car. The current output is labeled at 365 horsepower and 376 pound-feet of torque, while with the changes it may reach 430 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque.

The second option is going for an added electrical engine. It has already been meant for the Kia Stinger to become a hybrid vehicle and it might happen earlier with the prospect of getting a high-performance version and the GT Plus version. They may decide to incorporate an electrical motor with a battery pack which would power the rear wheel drive or add power to all four wheels. Nevertheless, if they decide to add two separate electric motors to each of the wheels and along with the currently used engine it may help them boost their power to quite a lot. We are even looking at an output of around 500 ponies for the GT Plus version of the Stinger.

Lastly, the 2019 Kia Stinger GT Plus might just skip the whole hybrid thing and just go full electric. Using an all-electric powertrain for a performance car has always been a dream for Kia and this might prove to be the perfect time to do it. Although they have been making strides with the technology there is still a lot to go here and some cars already have setups which could include electric powertrains. This is something that could potentially provide more interest for the 2019 Kia Stinger GT Plus.

Rivaling Vehicles

With the potential 2019 Kia Stinger GT Plus happening, there is a number of vehicles which would qualify as competing models in the segment. If Kia decides to venture into the segment of high performance models they might face a competition which will welcome them in a spectacular fashion. The BMW M3 models and the Mercedes C43 and C63 sedan vehicles are just the ones that may represent the closets rivalry to the Kia product. If they decide to go electric as well there is the Tesla Model S which is an undisputed defender in the market. Kia will need to tread lightly on the newest terrain that they are planning to embark.

Conclusion

Whether the 2019 Kia Stinger GT Plus project gets to be completed or not, it poses a great opportunity from Kia to finally bring us a performance model. They have promised us so much already and it is prime time for them to deliver. The Kia Stinger is a vehicle which provides a lot of room for customization and maneuvering so it presents a perfect vehicle to start their redesign. The car might look like this or it might be completely different in the end, but the bottom line is that it needs to be made.

2017 Kia Optima Release Date, Info & Specs

The new Kia Optima for 2017 combines a strong value proposition and sporty styling that’s hard to beat in the midsize sedan segment. Some of its premium features include an excellent blend of performance and fuel efficiency with a turbocharged 1.6L engine, plenty of luxury and convenience features for the money, and a serene cabin. Its release date should be expected during the second half of this year.

It is no-brainer that the mid-size sedan segment is chock full of vehicles from well-established brands such as Accord, Camry, and Fusion. And despite the Kia Optima being on sale in U.S for the past fifteen years, it only became a serious contender in the segment just recently.

2017 Kia Optima exterior, side view and alloy wheels

Now, the Optima as set the bar high and has aided the Kia brand shift upwards in the competition paradigm. One notable thing that hasn’t evolved for the 2017 Optima though is the exterior design. It still retains a slightly wider, longer, and taller dimensions than its predecessor. But don’t get me wrong, the vehicle is still a head turner.

However, much can be said beneath its skin, the chassis makes use of high-strength steel extensively during its construction. According to Kia’s own words, this has made it achieve better handling, structural rigidity, and stability even at top speeds. Also, a first for the Optima is a 1.6L turbocharged engine that now promises better fuel economy and performance.

2017 Kia Optima side view, headlights

Interior wise regardless of the rock-bottom price it comes with, the Optima still manages to offer a fairly cozy and upscale cabin than some of its competitors. For instance, the base LX trim offers fancier configurations, a nice selection of convenience features. Some of them include automatic emergency braking, quilted leather upholstery, a 360-degree parking camera, a panoramic sunroof, and adaptive cruise control.

For those who might first want to look around to see what the segment offers, these are some of the alternatives you will most probably stumble upon; the 2017 Mazda 6, the 2017 Toyota Camry, the 2017 Honda Accord, and the 2017 Hyundai Sonata.

Available Trims – Kia Optima

The Kia Optima for 2017 is available in four trims: base LX, EX, SX, and the plush SXL trim levels. The 2017 Optima Hybrid is reviewed separately.

Interior Review & Exterior Changes – 2017 Kia Optima

The entry-level 2017 Kia Optima LX comes equipped with a 60/40-split rear seatback, a CD player, an auxiliary audio jack, a six-speaker sound system, a rearview camera, a six-way power driver seat, full power accessories, 16” alloy wheels, Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, a 5” touchscreen display, cruise control, and a USB port.

The Convenience package available optionally adds laminated front door windows, rear-cross traffic alert, power-folding heated mirrors, an eight-way power driver seat, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a blind-spot monitor, and driver memory settings.

Opting for the LX 1.6T gets you keyless entry and ignition, power folding mirrors, a 1.6L turbocharged engine, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and heated exterior mirrors. The optional Technology package available for the trim comes equipped with an 8” touchscreen display, Uvo infotainment system, rear air conditioning, climate control (dual-zone), LED taillights, and HD radio.

2017 Kia Optima interior, leather seats and dash gear shift

Going for the EX trim gets you an 8” touchscreen bundle, a heated steering wheel, 17” alloy wheels, leather upholstery, a heated steering wheel, rear parking sensors, rear-cross traffic alert/blind-spot monitoring, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and LED running lights.

2017 Kia Optima steeringwheel, dadhboard and lcd screen

The SX trim comes bundled with an auto-dimming rearview mirror, 18” alloy wheels, rear side window sunshades, steering wheel mounted paddle shifters, unique exterior styling details, adaptive xenon headlights, upgraded gauges, a rear spoiler, LED taillights, dual-exhaust tips, interior ambient lighting, and a sport-tuned suspension system.

2017 Kia Optima gray color,alloy wheels

The top-of-the-range SXL trim comes fitted with premium leather upholstery, exterior chrome accents, and unique interior trim.

2017 Kia Optima Engine Specs

Both the LX and EX come fitted with a four-cylinder 2.4L engine rated at 185 hp and 178 pounds of torque. The front wheel drive is standard, as is the six-speed automatic transmission system.

2017 Kia Optima engine

A 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engine that makes 245 horsepower and 260 pounds of torque is available as the default powertrain for the SXL and SX trims. Here, a six-speed is the default transmission system.

EPA fuel economy ratings for the base 2.4L engine are 24/35/28 mpg in the city/highway/combined, and 28/39/32 mpg for the SX turbo engine.

Price & 2017 Kia Optima Release Date

We should expect to see the fresh 2017 Kia Optima sometime during the second half of this year if the online rumors are anything to go by. As for the price, expect the sedan to cost you an MSRP starting from $21,840.

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2017 Kia Forte Release Date, Specs and Info

With a lot of value, a sharp design, and a broad appeal, the new 2017 Kia Forte is a great choice for a small sedan, coupe or hatchback. Some of its pros include a lengthy warranty coverage, many standard features, spacious interior for both the sedan and coupe, and strong engines on both the SX and EX trims. Its release date should be expected during the 2nd Q of 2016.

For 2017, the Forte comes with subtle revisions for its exterior and interior surfaces. Also, the base LX is now offered on the hatchback and sedan body styles.

2017 Kia Forte side view, exterior, blue color

With three iterations available, the Forte offers quality interior materials, a fair price, and a peppy acceleration. You will find the Forte irresistible regardless of the body style you choose.

The level of equipment is generous even for the base model. Some of these features include a ventilated driver seat, a selectable steering assist, heated rear seat, keyless entry and ignition, xenon headlights, and Bluetooth and USB connectivity.

2017 Kia Forte gray color, rear view

The 2017 Kia Forte comes in three different engines which offer competitive acceleration and power.
Taking the Forte to the top of its segment is a 2.0L four-cylinder engine which offers top performance and acceleration. Also available is a 1.6L turbocharged four-cylinder engine that comes equipped on the performance-themed SX hatchback and coupe body styles.

2017 Kia Forte side angle, black color

Nonetheless, the segment also offers a surfeit of other vehicles. Some of them include the 2017 Hyundai Elantra, 2017 Honda Civic, the 2017 Volkswagen Golf and the 2017 Mazda 3. However, the 2017 Forte remains a credible choice for anyone shopping for an affordable hatchback, coupe, or sedan configurations.

Available Trims – Kia Forte

The Kia Forte for 2017 is offered in only two trims: base LX and EX trims. The Kia Forte four-door hatchback is available in LX, EX, and SX trims, while the two-door coupe (Koup) is offered in SX and EX trims.

2017 Kia Forte Exterior Changes & Interior Review

Standard features available for the LX sedan include Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, a telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel, air-conditioning, 15” steel wheels, satellite radio, auxiliary audio jack, a CD player, a trip computer, full power accessories, a 60/40-split folding rear seat, heated mirrors, a four-speaker sound system, a height-adjustable driver seat, and a USB port.

2017 Kia Forte leather seads and steering wheel

Picking the LX includes a rearview camera, 16” alloy wheels, a 4.3” touchscreen display, upgraded interior upholstery, cruise control, automatic headlights, and a six-speaker sound system.

2017 Kia Forte interior, gear shift knob,lcd screen and dashboard

Springing for the EX gets you adjustable steering wheel, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a cooling glovebox, power-folding exterior mirrors, a more agile 2.0L engine, foglights, 17” alloy wheels, and LED running lights. The optional Premium package adds a navigation system, leather upholstery, a sunroof, heated front seats, Kia’s Uvo eServices telematics, a 7” touchscreen display, an auto-dimming rearview camera, and keyless entry and ignition.

Additionally, you can add driver memory settings, heated outboard rear seats, an upgraded gauge cluster, a heated steering wheel, a 10-way power ventilated driver seat, automatic climate control (dual-zone), and LED taillights.

2017 Kia Forte, side view, alloy wheels

The top-of-the-range SX trim comes equipped with 18” wheels, a turbocharged engine, and unique rear and front styling. The SX and EX’s Premium Tech packages essentially provide the optional features found in both the Premium Plus and Premium packages.

2017 Kia Forte Engine Specs

A 1.8L four-cylinder engine rated at 145 hp and 130 pounds of torque comes equipped under the hood of the 2017 Kia Forte LX trim. The six-speed auto transmission system sends power to the front wheels.

The EPA fuel-economy ratings for the automatic-equipped version stands at 26/39/31 mpg in the city/highway/combined, and 25/37/30 mpg for the LX with a manual.

A 2.0L four-cylinder engine equipped on the 2.0L engine generates 154 pounds of torque and 173 horsepower. The EX sedans returns 24/35/28 mpg.

2017 Kia Forte engine

Lastly, the 2017 Kia Forte SX versions of the Forte 5 and Forte Koup comes equipped with a 1.6L four-cylinder turbocharged engine rated at 201 horsepower and 195 pounds of torque.

During Edmunds test drive, the 2016 Kia Forte sprinted from 0-60 mph in just 8.1 seconds, and 7.0 seconds for the Forte SX Koup trim.

Price & Release Date – 2017 Kia Forte

The Forte Hatchback costs an MSRP starting from $19,400, and $15,990 for the Forte Sedan. We should look to a possible release date during this year’s second quarter if the latest news are anything to go by.

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