According to our sources within the industry, Kia is already working on its GT1 Stinger replacement or what others call their first dedicated all-electric sedan. Known internally as “GT1” (that’s the codename) today we can share with you some details of the upcoming vehicle that will start real world test as soon as September.
But that’s not all, the GT1 will be Hyundai Motor Group’s first electric vehicle to be equipped with next-generation electric vehicle-only platform (known as “eM”) developed by HMG following the E-GMP (used for the KIA EV6, EV9, Hyundai IONIQ 5 and IONIQ 6 and Genesis GV60). This model will correspond to an E-segment and will also serve as Kia K8 successor.
Several specifications were released like the battery capacity, and will be the largest ever used by the Korean automaker, will have 113.2 kWh (compared to the EV9’s 99.8kWh battery pack).
The GT1 Stinger is expected to achieve a range of 700 to 800 km on a single full charge. For the current largest battery, the Mercedes-Benz EQS (107.8kWh) runs 770 km according to the European World Standard Automotive Test Method (WLTP).
The KIA GT1 will have maximum output of 450 kW (612 hp) thanks to the combination of a 200 kW front engine and a 250 kW rear engine, so it will be more powerful than the EV6 GT (that has 430 kW). KIA will also use another configurations for base and medium model. Its base spec will have a single rear engine with 160 kW (218 hp) and another with 160 kW dual-motor (320 kW and 435 hp)
It is said that Hyundai Motor Group will also share this new platform and engines with their upcoming models from Genesis brand (Genesis GV90 large SUV and second generation Genesis G70) as well as proper Hyundai models, with the IONIQ 7 to be the first to use it. These new vehicles, which are in the development stage, are expected to launch sequentially on the market from end of 2024 to 2026.