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NowCar Kia EV4 Electric Stinger

Kia Reveals the New EV4 Concept

Written By, Jordan R

The Kia Corp is definitely keeping its promise to bring us two new battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) every year between 2022 and 2027, as stated during the Kia 2022 CEO Investor Day. Expanding on plans during the 2023 CEO Investor Day, Kia is well ahead on its way to making its Plan S Strategy a reality. First we got the Kia EV6, the first all-electric vehicle by the brand with no gasoline predecessor, followed by the debut of the Kia EV9 all-electric SUV. Showing up during 2023 Chinese EV Day was the Kia EV5, and now we have another new concept popping up. This one may pay some respects to the discontinued Kia Stinger, known as the Kia EV4.

Yes, it’s a little sad. The Kia Stinger was the first new sports car from Kia after a long line of SUVs and models that were a little lackluster. Promising to make cars that drive as good as they look, Kia took a new approach to style and performance. The Kia Stinger definitely delivered, especially with the GT trim.

Sadly, the automaker went into full gear for its upcoming BEV lineup, and the Stinger took the brunt of it. Ending with the Limited Stinger Tribute Edition, the Kia Stinger has been discontinued, but goes out with a bang. Based off of the GT2 trim, powered by a 3.3-liter twin-turbocharged V6 – an output of 368 horsepower and 376 lb-ft of torque –the Tribute also fashions an Ascot Green paint finish, black Brembo brake calipers, and the 19-inch gloss black design wheels for the exterior. The interior comes with Bespoke Terracotta brown leather; upgraded material on the steering wheel, door side trim, and door handles; a carbon-effect finish on the console; and a newly introduced wasp-shaped emblem embedded into the headrest of the seats.

This new Kia EV4 concept could be the resurrection of the Stinger as a BEV, and we definitely would welcome it with open arms. A sports car that’s also a BEV? Sign us up! We were a little worried that all of the BEVs by Kia would be crossovers and SUVs after seeing the EV6, EV9, and EV5 concept. There needs to be some variety to keep the consumer base happy, and the current Kia lineup is already dominated by SUVs and crossovers. If anything, the EV4 is a breath of fresh air and may even get some still-wary consumers to make the conversion to BEVs.

Showing up at Kia’s EV Day event in Seoul, the EV4 is just one of two new vehicles the automaker announced. There’s also an EV3 in the works, but the automaker wasn’t ready to show us much more beyond an initial image and details about the configurable versatility in the cabin of the EV3. For now, the EV4 has a striking resemblance to the EV6 crossover, the first BEV to make headlines for Kia, but it’s definitely smaller and lower to the ground for a center of gravity that’s perfect for sharp turns and high-performance vehicles. A bit taller and wider, there should be plenty of room inside the cabin, making it the perfect spiritual successor of the Stinger, known for its spacious and high-tech cabin that felt more like a lounge than a cockpit.

NowCar Kia EV4 Electric Stinger Profile

In the front, we get some narrow, LED-heavy headlights and the new “tiger face” grille, followed by a hood that slopes low before meeting with a swept-back roofline. The latter is a staple of the new Kia style handbook. In the rear, we get a little reminiscent of the hatchback of the original Stinger trunk, mimicking the profile of the Stinger and the EV6 all at once. Better yet, the EV4 will also be known as a sports car that can go off-road, built with almost SUV-like ground clearance. The interior is still very driver-focused with a clean dashboard and center console, with convenience features like climate controls integrated into a slide-out panel and “pin-style” air vents that are small but powerful to keep the entire cabin cool.

NowCar Kia EV4 Electric Stinger Interior

Already headed for production, the EV4 will make its official debut sooner than we think. However, the automaker is unclear on bringing the model to the U.S. Fingers crossed!

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