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Three Kia Models Earn Design Award

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Kia Stonic, Stinger, and Picanto earn iF design awards
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Kia’s eye-catching design has earned the automaker – for the second year in a row – three awards from iF design. Taking home distinctions in the “Product Design” category are the Kia Stonic, Kia Stinger, and Kia Picanto. This is the ninth year that Kia has earned award-worthy praise from iF design.

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The 2018 Kia Stonic, the automaker’s debut compact crossover, “offers a striking and bold exterior design, combined with an elevated seating position and practical SUV format. It is the most customizable Kia ever made, offering buyers a wide choice of two-tone paint combinations and interior colors,” according to Kia.

The 2018 Kia Stinger is built with racecar genetics, and is available in five trims: Stinger, Premium, GT, GT1, and GT2. The Stinger and Premium trims are powered by a twin scroll turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine while the GT, GT1, and GT2 trims are equipped with a twin turbocharged 3.3-liter V6 engine. Both engines are mated to a Kia-engineered eight-speed automatic transmission. The powertrain in the Stinger and Premium trim churns out 255 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. The powertrain in the GT, GT1, and GT2 trims generates 365 horsepower and 376 lb-ft of torque.

“Taking inspiration from the grand tourers of the 1970s, the Stinger features elegant fastback proportions and a muscular ‘coke bottle’ shape down its flanks, highlighting its rear-wheel biased power delivery,” reports Kia.

The Kia Picanto may be Kia’s most diminutive model, but it’s big on design making it “one of the most spacious cars in its class,” according to Kia.

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The iF design awards will be officially presented on March 9.