Kia Stinger

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A MyMode func­tion will let driv­ers store their pref­er­ences, such as set­tings for the level of sporti­ness from the sus­pen­sion, steer­ing and au­to­matic trans­mis­sion.

Driver as­sis­tance tech­nol­ogy in­clud­ing pre­c­ol­li­sion as­sist with pedes­trian de­tec­tion, dis­tance alert, lane-de­par­ture warn­ing, lane-keep­ing as­sist and a fa­tigue-de­tec­tion driver alert sys­tem will all make their way into the new Mus­tang in a wel­come boost to the ba­sic safety spec­i­fi­ca­tion that was a key con­trib­u­tor to the cur­rent Mus­tang’s re­cent two-star crash-safety score (see side­bar).

Con­nec­tiv­ity too, takes a step up. Us­ing Ford’s SYNC Con­nect and FordPass pro­to­cols driv­ers will be able to start, lock, un­lock and lo­cate their car us­ing the FordPass smart­phone app.

Up­grades to the in­te­rior in­clude new seat trim pat­terns and colours, a wrap for the cen­tre con­sole with con­trast hand stitch­ing and padded knee bol­sters. The door han­dles and rings and bezels are fin­ished in alu­minium and there’s a heated steer­ing wheel avail­able as an op­tion.

Twin-turbo V6-pow­ered four-door to fill the af­ford­able rear-drive per­for­mance niche va­cated by the lo­cals.

de­signed to man­age crash en­ergy un­der a va­ri­ety of crash modes,” said Ford.

“The Mus­tang has al­ready proven its safety per­for­mance in NHTSA NCAP and IIHS test pro­grams. We are com­mit­ted to con­tin­ued im­prove­ment in ve­hi­cle safety, and the 2018 Mus­tang in Aus­tralia will be equipped with driver as­sis­tance fea­tures such as AEB and Lane Keep­ing Aid.” Fol­low­ing

on from the global re­veal in Jan­uary of the Kia Stinger at the North Amer­i­can In­ter­na­tional Auto Show in Detroit, the Korean brand has pre­sented the fast­back sedan in Euro­pean spec­i­fi­ca­tion at the Geneva in­ter­na­tional mo­tor show.

Given that the rear-drive sedan is a dy­ing breed in new-car show­rooms, we’re dis­pro­por­tion­ally in­ter­ested in Kia’s new ma­chine.

Said to “chan­nel the spirit of his­toric grand tour­ers” – think orig­i­nal Maserati Ghi­bli; Kia’s de­sign­ers did, ap­par­ently – with its long, low body, clas­sic cab-rear­ward pro­por­tions and fast­back, the big, rear-wheel drive, four-door is set to fill the high-per­for­mance niche that’s soon to be en­tirely bereft of lo­cal mus­cle.

The Stinger is de­signed to de­liver com­fort­able grand tour­ing progress for five, with en­gag­ing rear-bi­ased chas­sis dy­nam­ics, says Kia.

Three en­gines will be of­fered in Europe, in­clud­ing a 2.0-litre turbo-petrol and a 2.2-litre turbo-diesel but we’re most in­ter­ested in the 276kW 3.3-litre twin-turbo V6, which should give the Stinger the grunt to please per­for­mance fans. The 5.0-litre V8 from the Hyundai Gen­e­sis, which might have seemed like a log­i­cal pow­er­plant, is not on the menu, sadly.

The turbo V6 pro­duces 510Nm to shove Kia’s most pow­er­ful, quick­est-ever car from rest to 100km/h in a claimed 5.1 sec­onds.

All-wheel-drive will also be of­fered, as will an elec­tron­i­cally-ad­justable adap­tive damper sus­pen­sion and five-mode drive se­lect sys­tem. All ver­sions send power to the wheels via an eight-speed au­to­matic.

The Stinger is set to go on sale glob­ally in the fourth quar­ter this year – around the time the Com­modore de­parts – and our fin­gers are crossed a force-fed V6 rear-driver is among the lo­cal line-up.

Mean­time, Kia Mo­tors Aus­tralia says it has no plans to join the Vir­gin Aus­tralia Su­per­cars Cham­pi­onship with the Stinger. News re­ports late last year had linked the Korean man­u­fac­turer with a move into the new Gen2 era for 2018, how­ever KIA spokesper­son Kevin Hep­worth hosed down that spec­u­la­tion in March.

“We are not chas­ing any­thing in mo­tor­sport,” Hep­worth told Speed­

“We have talked to a cou­ple teams that have ap­proached us as a cour­tesy, but re­ally it has gone no fur­ther than that. We have had in­ter­est in the Stinger and we have lis­tened po­litely but there is no steps be­hind that.”

Su­per­cars’ Gen2 era be­gins next year, with Holden and Nis­san – the lat­ter with the ex­ist­ing V8-pow­ered Al­tima – the only mar­ques to com­mit to the reg­u­la­tions so far. The new rules will al­low two-door body shapes and non V8 en­gines into the se­ries.

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