Report: Kia Planning to Replace Stinger with an EV in 2026


report kia planning to replace stinger with an ev in 2026

The Kia Stinger lived a bright but shockingly brief life, but it appears the automaker may have a replacement lined up with its move to electric vehicles. A recent report from Korea claims that Kia is working on the Stinger’s replacement, noting that the car will move to electrification with its new form.

Though it’s not a “direct” successor to the Stinger, the EV8 should offer better performance from various electric powertrain options. The car is expected to be called the Kia EV8, though its internal code name for now is “GT1.” Kia’s current release timeline should put the EV8’s release sometime in 2026, and it’s expected to offer range estimates that rival the Lucid Air, up to 500 miles in some configurations.

Kia is expected to offer a few propulsion options, ranging from a 215-horsepower rear-drive base model to a performance model with two motors and a combined 603 horsepower. Like the EV6 and Hyundai Ioniq models, the EV8 will likely offer an advanced electrical architecture with super-fast charging.

Joining the EV8 in 2026 will be the Genesis GV90. Both models will ride on Kia’s new eM platform, and the EV8 is expected to arrive with a starting price somewhere in the mid-to-high $40,000 range. While it’s a bummer to see the Stinger name going away, any non-SUV electric vehicle with reasonable performance should be celebrated.

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