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), a teaser image of the new car suggests kia is trying something more aggressive design-wise.
"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 teaser image, there's good reason for piqued interest. it seems likely to be a sedan or coupe; i'd be very surprised if this was a jaguar xf sportbrake-style wagon, though with a european audience, you never know. what's most interesting are the flared wheel wells and barely highlighted lower front end that might suggest a splitter; coupled with the stark lines of the hood, you're getting some awfully muscular bodywork 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.
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