Kia is hoping you save all of your bad electrification-as-excitement jokes for its latest concept car, due to be unveiled at the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show. In the best traditions of the GT4 Stinger (that never made it to production) and later Stinger (that did), teaser images of the new car suggest Kia is trying something more aggressive design-wise.
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“We imagined designing an all-electric car that not only answered consumer concerns around range, performance, recharging networks and driving dynamism, but one that also gave you goose bumps when you looked at it and made the hairs on the back of your neck stand up when you drove it,” explained Gregory Guillaume, Kia Europe vice president of design, in a statement.
No technical details were forthcoming, so we’re left to guess on those goose bumps. But from what we can discern in the images, there’s good reason for piqued interest. Given the four-door description, it seems likely to be a sedan or coupe. Interesting design cues include the gleaming “Alien” tail-inspired design of the all-digital gauge cluster and multimedia controls interior, as well as the barely highlighted lower front-end ducts.
The flared wheel wells coupled with the stark lines of the hood suggest you’re getting some awfully muscular bodywork all around here. Part of me thinks this could be Kia’s stab at an electric Dodge Charger — but then, the South Korean automaker already has the Stinger if it really wanted to head in that direction. Maybe it’s the brand’s attempt at a Nissan IDx NISMO?
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Whatever the case — and whatever it’ll be called, as Kia didn’t immediately announce a name — we’ll know for sure once the concept is given a formal introduction at the Geneva show March 5. Stay tuned.
Editor’s note: This story was updated March 1, 2019, with additional details and images.
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