Sharper Kia Stinger Revealed

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Kia has updated its Stinger fastback sports sedan which now features enhanced styling as well as a revised interior. See what’s changed below…

We tested the Stinger back in January 2019 and we came away mightily impressed by what Kia had achieved with this V6-powered, rear-wheel-drive car that was hugely entertaining to drive while also being well-mannered as a daily driver.   

The Stinger wasn’t all perfect though, and one of our criticisms was aimed at Kia’s choice of some of the interior materials which were not up to standard in a car of this calibre. 

However, with this latest update, Kia has looked to enhance the Stinger’s exterior styling while also paying closer attention to lifting the perceived quality of the interior. 

What’s changed? 

The Stinger's interior has been improved with new and better materials while also offering more choice in terms of finishes. 

The updated Kia Stinger gains new LED headlight clusters that are more visually impactful, as well as a revised LED daytime running light signature. The rear light clusters have been revised too and also feature a new light signature that runs the full width of the car. The new indicators comprise 10 LED units that are arranged in a grid pattern which resembles a chequered flag. 

Kia has also added 2 new allow wheel choices to the mix in either 18- or 19-inch sizes and the Stinger can also be specified with larger, wide-bore exhaust mufflers in bright silver as well as a sportier rear diffuser which beefs up the rear-end design appreciably. 

More than this, customers can also choose between 2 new exterior packages including a Dark Package which features a gloss black diffuser surround, black wide-bore muffler tips and a black Stinger badge on the tailgate. The North American market will have the choice of a Black Package with 19-inch matte black lightweight wheels, a rear wing on the boot lid and blacked-out mirror housings and side fenders. 

Moving inside, the lower section of the steering wheel features a new metallic finish which matches a new chrome surround seen around the 7.0-inch instrument cluster. A frameless rearview mirror is also fitted. 

Depending on the specification, the dashboard and door trim has new contrasting stitching and new aluminium or carbon fibre trim can be specified for the centre console. The 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system has been upgraded with a gloss black finish along the front of the dashboard. A 64-colour mood lighting system is also fitted. 

New upholstery choices are also on offer including Nappa leather in Saturn Black, Red or Beige which is offered in addition to synthetic leather choices.

The Kia Stinger forges on with a 3.3-litre turbocharged V6 engine offering 272 kW and 510 Nm of torque and comes mated with an 8-speed automatic transmission. 

It must be noted, however, that most of the specification mentioned above is for the Stinger’s home market of Korea. Kia South Africa does not have any current plans to introduce the updated Stinger in South Africa, but if this changes, local specification is likely to differ compared to other markets. 

Despite the Stinger being an impressive product from Kia, it remains a niche offering in South Africa and as a result, local sales were not particularly inspiring, which may be why Kia is not considering the updated Stinger for local introduction. 

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