Kia's shock new Stinger will be coming to Europe with a diesel engine

The star of this year’s Detroit Auto Show, the Kia Stinger, has had its European specifications confirmed – with a 2.2-litre turbodiesel likely to be the biggest seller when it goes on sale in the UK.

The Stinger is a rear-wheel-drive sports saloon that could compete with upmarket offerings such as the BMW 3 Series, Audi A4 and Mercedes-Benz C-Class.

The 2.2-litre turbodiesel will produce 200hp, hit 62mph in 8.5 seconds and a top speed of 140mph.

Although economy figures haven’t been confirmed, a diesel variant could be a huge hit with company car drivers looking for something unusual. There is a caveat, however, as Kia UK hasn’t confirmed whether the diesel will be available in right-hand-drive markets.

A 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine and a powerful 3.3-litre twin-turbo V6 in the form of the range-topping Stinger GT are expected to be sold in the UK.

The latter produces 370hp and will hit 62mph in 5.1 seconds, making it the fastest Kia ever sold. Top speed is expected to be around 170mph.

Kia says the Stinger’s driving dynamics will live up to its sporty design. As such, the Stinger’s ride and handling were honed at Germany’s infamous Nürburgring Nordschleife, under the watch of ex-BMW Albert Biermann, Kia’s head of vehicle test and high performance development.

The prices are yet to be announced, but speculation suggests the eye-catching four-door fastback could start at around £28,000.