The last-of-its-kind sedan could remain on the Australian market until 2024, despite persistent rumours suggesting an axing is imminent.
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The Kia Stinger has seemingly been granted a stay of execution under CEO Ho-Sung Song, despite rumours the full-size sedan could be facing the axe ahead of schedule due to poor international sales.

Speaking to Australian journalists during the reveal of the EV6 electric SUV last week, Mr Song confirmed the model wouldn't be phased out in the immediate future: "We [will] continue to provide the [Kia Stinger] in the Australian market for the next coming years."

However, he stopped short of confirming a new-generation Stinger once the current model reaches the end of its lifecycle.

A spokesperson for the brand in Australia subsequently told CarAdvice: “We are not in a position to comment on a new generation, but can confirm the current model will be in Australia for the rest of its lifecycle.”

This suggests the existing Stinger – which was unveiled in January 2017 (as a Model Year 2018 vehicle) and facelifted in mid-2020 – will likely remain on the local market until approximately 2024.

The Kia Stinger is currently sold in four guises locally, with a choice of two engines: the four-cylinder Stinger 200S and GT-Line, and the V6-powered Stinger 330S and Stinger GT.

Priced from $67,690 drive-away, the range-topping GT variant derives 274kW/510Nm from its 3.3-litre twin-turbo V6 engine. This is sent to the rear wheels exclusively via an eight-speed automatic transmission, allowing the 0-100km/h sprint to be completed in a claimed 4.9 seconds.

Despite its cult following and lack of direct competitors in the price bracket, just 511 examples of the Kia Stinger have so far been reported as sold during 2021 according to the latest data from the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries.