Though technically an infant in its segment, the Kia Stinger has managed to kick up a buzzing storm since its introduction in 2017. Now practically three years old, the sporty fastback finally receives some smart revisions that further exude its gran turismo character while boosting comfort and convenience inside the cabin.
Kia Motors Corporation recently released the first images of the updated Stinger, revealing subtle changes to the exterior, starting with new multifaceted reflector LED headlamps sporting a darker and sleeker design. The taillights have been updated as well, now consisting 10 individual LEDs arranged in a horizontal grid pattern.
The top variant Stinger comes with optional wide-bore bright silver exhaust mufflers and performance-inspired rear diffuser to beef up the look of the rear. Two new 18-inch and 19-inch aluminum alloy wheels have also been added to the array of choices.
For high-performance variants, Kia is making available a ‘Dark Package’ that equips the Stinger with a gloss black diffuser surround, black wide-bore muffler tips, and black finish Stinger emblem on the tailgate.
Exclusive to the North American market is a ‘Black Package’ that adds blacked-out accessories to the fastback sedan, including black accents on the fender vents and side mirrors, a black trunk lid rear wing, and matte black 19-inch rims.
Inside, the new Stinger shows off better quality materials, a new 10.25-inch center console touchscreen, and new cabin color options including Nappa leather upholstery available in Saturn Black, Red or Beige. The Saturn Black option in particular, finishes the seats in black suede with contrast chain-pattern red stitching. The dashboard and doors can also be finished with new contrast needlework.
The rearview mirror is now frameless, creating a modern look while enhancing rear visibility. An ambient lighting package has also been added. The instrument panel still consists of the same seven-inch multi-function display used in the previous model. The center console on the other hand, is available with aluminum or carbon fiber-style trim.
No change is expected in the powertrain, which means the US-spec will still have the 2.0-liter turbo-4 gasoline engine under the hood, currently rated at 255hp, mated to the standard 8-speed auto gearbox controlled by paddle shifters.
The new Kia Stinger is due on-sale in Korea, during the third quarter of 2020. Sales in many of Kia’s global markets will follow later.
The current Kia Stinger available locally, a 2019/2020 model, has a starting price of PHP3.24 million.
Photo/s from Kia Motors