TMR Team | Aug 10, 2017

Kia customers keen to secure one of the carmaker's new Stinger sports sedans can begin budgeting, with Kia confirming the performer in six-cylinder guise will start at less than $50,000.

Ahead of its arrival in local showrooms in October, Kia has stuck a $48,990 plus on-roads price on the entry-level S as part of a three-model line-up for Australia.

Next is the mid-spec Si at $55,990, with the flaship GT priced from $59,990 (both excluding on-road costs).

Power for these three variants comes from a 272kW/510Nm 3.3 litre twin-turbo petrol V6, although Kia is yet to confirm exact details for the trio. The 0-100km/h dash is expected to take around 4.9 seconds.

Kia Australia CEO, Damien Meredith, said it was important to announce the price positioning early to provide consumers that have paid a deposit on the highly-anticipated rear-drive sedan with some clarity.

“It was critical for us to bring this car to as wide an audience as possible … something I believe we have achieved with the pricing we have been able to settle on,” Meredith said.

“From the outset it was a goal to get a bi-turbo V6 into the market under $50,000. We have done that with room to spare.”

“Almost all of the confirmed orders are for the 3.3-litre, so it makes sense to provide those customers with as much clarity as we can while they wait to take possession of their new cars.”

While exact details are unclear, it's expected that, even in its most basic form, the Stinger will come equipped with a generous level of standard gear.

Included in that likely list is 18-inch alloys, a limited slip differential and Brembo brakes as well as keyless entry with push-button start, climate control, partial leather trim and a 7.0-inch colour touchscreen with sat nav, Bluetooth and smartphone mirroring.

The Si is expected to gain larger 19-inch wheels, full leather trim, a bigger 8.0-inch screen with higher-grade audio and safety features such as lane keeping assist and adpative cruise control.

Stepping up to the flagship GT brings extra goodies such as LED headlights, blind spot warning, adaptive suspension, sunroof, Nappa leather, a head-up display and Harmon/Kardon audio.

Kia Australia will confirm full specifications, as well as pricing for the entry-level 2.0-litre models - which are expected to mirror the V6 in terms of equipment - closer to the vehicle's launch. Stay tuned.

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