Kia Developing Mid-Engine Coupe-Wants to Dominate the World

Kia has a vehicle for almost every segment, even the sedan market that other companies have abandoned. Now, it is developing a vehicle in a segment that is fairly small. Kia has what looks to be a mid-engine sports car in the works. Having a vehicle for every existing segment looks like Kia’s attempt at dominating the car world. 

It’s impressive what Kia is doing. From minivans to sedans, Kia is forging new inroads many other automakers find not to be so lucrative. It has even been able to bury its reputation for building cheap cars with some of its luxury options. 

The mule is using body pieces from a Kia Stinger, but not like any Stinger we’ve seen

A dark colored 2022 Kia Stinger sits on a dirt road with a small hill behind it.
2022 Kia Stinger | Kia

Now, these spy shots published by the Korean Car Blog show a heavily camouflaged mid-engine coupe being tested. This mule is using body pieces from a Kia Stinger, but not like any Stinger we’ve ever seen. Air intakes can be seen toward the rear of the body. There is only one reason for those to be there, and it’s not for brake ducting. 

There have been rumors for months about mules with hydrogen-electric hybrid powertrains. The rumors say that there are five of these cobbled sedans floating around South Korea. Their drive systems contain both a fuel cell and a battery pack. 

Why would Kia make a mid-engine sports car?

An orange Kia Motors Corp. Stinger vehicle is displayed during the 2019 New York International Auto Show (NYIAS)
The Kia Stinger | Jeenah Moon/Bloomberg via Getty Images

We’ve always viewed the Stinger as having the best chance of becoming a two-door variant. Kia says there are no plans for a Stinger coupe. But if Kia has used the Audi TT, Porsche Cayman, and C8 Corvette as inspiration, then this could very well be its answer. 

The Stinger body makes a good housing for a prototype mid-engine platform for testing purposes. If you’ll recall, Chevy has a C8 mule that looked like an El Camino prototype. So you can’t rely on what the prototype is housed in when it comes to mules. And rumors. 

This could also be an all-wheel-drive mule of some sort. But we like thinking that Kia might actually market a halo car that is mid-engined. Chevy thinks it is a good idea. Why not Kia also?

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