When we first heard the Kia Stinger sports car was already getting a mid-cycle refresh, we were a little stunned. Thought to be the sports car of the decade, the Stinger was released in 2018, and not only does the Kia Stinger outperform the likes of the Jaguar and Mercedes-Benz CLS 550, but it’s also way more affordable. It was a very popular vehicle, winning many awards, and then kind of fell off the face of the world. We liked the Kia Stinger, loved it really, and we’re sure many others did, too. Maybe it was just missing a little something for the majority of the crowd, and Kia Motors looks to rectify that with a mid-cycle refresh, and we finally got all the details.
“The Stinger projects an air of elegance and comfort, and also great purpose, for long distance driving. The updated model builds on the svelte gran turismo design we introduced three years ago with modern flair and a subtle hint of aggression to enhance its on-road presence. The interior, too, has been enhanced, and the new design elements and technologies incorporated into the Stinger reconfirm its credentials as the consummate grand tourer.” – Karim Habib, Senior Vice President and Head of Kia Global Design
New car, new look, and the front fascia of the stinger gets a new design and LED daytime running lights, new lamps with sharp slashes of light towards the front, where Kia’s signature ‘tiger-nose’ grille sits between new multifaceted reflector LED headlamps. In the rear, the mid-cycle refresh adds a new rear combination lamp that stretches across the full width of the car with a distinctive new light signature that mimics the spoiler integrated into the trunk lid. Really leaning into the sports car appeal, new turn signals have also been added to the rear, made up of a collection of 10 individual LED units each, arranged in a grid pattern to symbolize a checkered flag, like those waved at motorsports races.
The Kia Stinger is said to have started the GT-Line craze for Kia Motors, even going so far as to affect the style of every vehicle before it. Even new vehicles today, like the new 2021 Kia Sonet, have adopted the sweptback look of the Kia sports car. For the consumers that purchase the GT trims of the Stinger, they will also have the option to really make this look like a muscle car with larger wide-bore bright silver exhaust mufflers and a performance-inspired rear diffuser. Riding on one of two aluminum alloy wheel sets, 18- and 19-inch, the wheels come with geometric designs to continue the motorsports nature of the vehicle.
A new paint job has been added, and so have two new exterior packages for greater personalization. For those looking for high-performance, one of two blacked-out packages is the new ‘Dark Package’, adding a gloss black diffuser surround and black wide-bore muffler tips and covering the Stinger badge on the tailgate also in black. This will be available in multiple markets, but for North America specifically, we’re getting a new ‘Black Package’ that comes with new 19-inch matte black lightweight wheels, a new rear wing for the trunk lid, and blacked out mirror caps and side fender trim for a more aggressive style.
High Quality Interior
Can’t refresh a sports car without touching the interior, and the Kia Stinger had one of the best in the lineup. How do you improve this thing? The changes are subtle, but they’re nice. An addition of a new metallic finish to the bottom of the steering wheel, a matching HD 7.0-inch fully-digital instrument cluster that displays all kinds of vehicle information, a frameless rear-view mirror, and a new glossy black finish along the front of the dash is met with Kia’s upgraded 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment and navigation system. On some trims, most likely the GT series, consumers can choose to get new contrast stitching on the dashboard and doors and can choose to get a center console with an aluminum or carbon fiber-style trim.
Known for adding more and more customization options, Kia also added a new mood lighting system to the Kia Stinger, giving consumers the ability to elect one of 64 colors to subtly alter the cabin’s atmosphere. Depending on the market, a new interior color will also be made available (not yet announced), but for Kia’s global markets, the new choices include Nappa leather upholstery finished in Saturn Black, Red, or Beige. There is also a new Saturn Black option that covers the seats in black suede with contrasting red stitching in a ‘chain’ pattern – or maybe, we’ll get the hometown option, available in South Korea with a new ‘Dark Brown’ monotone interior, with ultra-soft diamond quilted Nappa leather seats.
With the new Kia Stinger to go on sale overseas in the third quarter of 2020 (now) and soon on a global scale (by the end of the year), Kia will most likely reveal more details, and we’ll be here to share them with you. Want to stay updated? Follow us on Miami Lakes Kia social media. Be sure to check back for the new 2021 Kia Stinger sports car at Miami Lakes Automall.
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