Kia's Performance EV Concept Looks Like a Robotic Stinger

Kia knows how to build a performance sedan. The next step is to make its EVs exciting.

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Update 03/28/2019: It's a brown four door SUV with a wild show car interior.

As the clock runs down towards the first press day of the Geneva Motor Show, Kia released two more detail shots of its performance EV concept. Now, we know that it's more of a crossover than a regular sedan:

"It coherently draws together elements of a muscular sports utility vehicle, a sleek and athletic family saloon and a versatile and spacious crossover."

This sporty electric crossover may be called "KED 13", given how that's molded into its custom tires, using Kia's new typeface. Just don't expect its futuristic interior to make it into production anytime soon:

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All this means that our wait for a revised Kia GT4 Stinger Concept will have to continue.


Before revealing its concept at Geneva early next month, all Kia will give us is a teaser image, and a PR-approved quote from Gregory Guillaume, Vice President of Design at the brand's Frankfurt-based design center:

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. That’s why our all-electric concept is designed to not only get your pulse racing, but to also signpost our holistic and emotional approach to electrification.

Right. And they are , apparently.

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While Kia's performance EV concept may very well be powered by a tuned version of the 201-horsepower drivetrain of the e-Niro crossover, based on this image, we can't decide whether its just another 'dynamic' crossover, or the rather daring compact sports car we keep wishing for since the 2014 Kia GT4 Stinger Concept wowed Detroit.

What's for sure is that Kia knows how to build a driver's car, and is unlikely to forget the recipe it worked so hard on purely because it's pushing for electric propulsion now. Let's wait and see.

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