ENHANCED KIA STINGER REVEALED IN EUROPEAN SPECIFICATIONS
New design packages for Kia’s Gran Turismo Fastback sports sedan
Available to European buyers with a powerful 3.3-liter T-GDi V6 engine
Updated technologies with 10.25-inch “ connected ” infotainment system
Improved safety features include new blind spot view monitor
Improved model offered with a 7 year warranty and 100,000 miles in Europe
The updated Kia Stinger is revealed in its European specifications for the first time today. Kia’s high-performance fastback sport sedan now benefits from a refreshed design to amplify its gran turismo character and a range of technological and safety enhancements.
“The Stinger is the flagship of the Kia brand in Europe and remains our most driver-centric car, capable of covering great distances in comfort and style,” said Emilio Herrera, COO of Kia Motors Europe. “The improved model builds on the Stinger’s well-established grand touring ethic, with a renewed sense of design, new technologies and greater ease of use making it more attractive to buyers in Europe.
Since the start of sales of the Stinger in Europe in 2017, around 10,000 units have been sold across the continent. Sales of the improved Kia Stinger will begin in Europe in the last quarter of 2020 and early 2021. UK specifications, on-sale date and pricing will be announced in due course. All models come standard with Kia’s 7-year 100,000-mile warranty.
Fresh exterior design and new interior materials and technologies
The upgraded Stinger benefits from a refreshed exterior design and measures to improve the appearance and quality of the interior, and offers owners more color and material choices at the same time. The improved cabin in particular reconfirms the Stinger’s credentials as a consummate grand tourer.
Up front, the Stinger’s “ tiger nose ” grille sits between the new LED multi-reflector headlights. Its new design and LED daytime running lights give the car a more high-tech light signature, with marked slashes tilted slightly towards the front of the car. At the rear, a new rear combination light spans the width of the car, creating a distinctive new light signature that mimics the shape of the subtle spoiler integrated into the trunk lid. New turn signals, each made up of 10 individual LED units, are arranged in a grid, a motorsport-inspired design that reflects the appearance of a checkered flag.
A new design of 19-inch aluminum alloy rims is also introduced, with intricate geometric designs that enhance the sporty and grand touring nature of the car. The exterior paint “Ascot Green” is also introduced for the first time in the Stinger range.
Inside, the cabin architecture remains unchanged, but subtle visual and material upgrades create a more luxurious vibe. The changes include a metallic finish to the steering wheel sections and a chrome bezel around the dashboard. The rearview mirror is now frameless, creating a modern look and improving rear visibility.
According to specifications, the dashboard and doors are finished with new contrasting stitching, while the center console is aluminum. The instrument panel features Kia’s upgraded 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment and navigation system (more details below), accented by a new glossy black trim. A new ambient lighting system allows drivers to select one of 64 colors to subtly change the character of the cabin.
The European spec Stingers are available with Nappa leather upholstery in Saturn Black or optional Red. A suede package is also available for the first time, with the interior trimmed in Saturn Black suede with contrasting red stitching and red seat belts.
UK specifications will be announced in due course.
Powerful 3.3-liter T-GDi engine – the fastest-accelerating Kia ever sold in Europe
Three years after its launch, the majority of Stinger’s customers have specified their car with Kia’s powerful 3.3-liter T-GDi (Direct Injection Supercharged Gasoline) V6 engine.
The upgraded Stinger is offered exclusively with this powerful engine, offering quick acceleration and quick responses to driver commands, while delivering a refined grand touring experience during regular cruising.
The 3.3-liter T-GDi V6 offers drivers a peak power of 370 hp at 6,000 rpm. Its twin turbochargers allow the engine to offer drivers its maximum torque of 510 Nm over a wide speed range (1300 to 4500 rpm), which translates into effortless performance everywhere. Accelerating from 0 to 100 km / h in just 4.9 seconds, the Stinger’s 3.3-liter T-GDi engine makes it the fastest-accelerating Kia ever sold in Europe.
The engine is mated to a smooth shifting eight-speed automatic transmission, matching the car’s long-legged gran turismo personality, and standard all-wheel drive (rear-wheel drive in right-hand drive markets) .
New widescreen infotainment systems, digital driver displays and technology
At the center of the Stinger’s upgraded cabin is an improved touchscreen infotainment system, offering enhanced features to meet changing customer expectations for in-car technology.
The upgraded Stinger comes standard with Kia’s new 10.25-inch touchscreen. Bluetooth® multiple connection allows users to connect up to two mobile devices at the same time – one for hands-free phone and multimedia use; the other for media use only. Its advanced split-screen display allows users to control or monitor different vehicle features simultaneously, customizing the screen with a series of different widgets. The 10.25-inch system offers Apple CarPlay ™ and Android Auto ™ as standard, along with a voice control system for many of the car’s features, such as heating and ventilation, audio and navigation.
In addition, the upgraded model includes a high-resolution 7.0-inch digital display in the instrument panel. This color display with vivid graphics for different driving modes provides crystal-clear information to the driver between the speedometer and tachometer.
The upgraded Stinger also features a “ connected car ” remote engine start system, which allows owners to start their cars remotely using the Stinger’s smart key.
New ADAS technologies to help drivers and protect passengers
The upgraded Kia Stinger incorporates the same Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) it previously offered, along with a host of new features and updates to provide even better protection for the driver, passengers and operators. other road users.
Depending on the market and vehicle specifications, the Stinger’s ADAS range is complete, with many existing systems recently updated:
Forward Collision Avoidance Assistant (FCA) now provides protection when turning across the road at a junction by identifying oncoming traffic on the other side of the road. In addition, it offers an increased activation range when detecting a vehicle, pedestrian or cyclist
Lane Keeping Assist (LKA) is now able to detect the edge of a road, as well as the lines of the road, providing assistance to the steering to prevent the driver from leaving their lane without signaling.
Blind Spot Collision Avoidance Assist (BCA) offers an improvement over the existing Blind Spot Collision Warning (BCW). Instead of just warning drivers of cars in adjacent lanes on the freeway, BCA helps drivers avoid a potential collision by applying differential braking.
For Europe, the upgraded Stinger now features Intelligent Speed Limit Assistance (ISLA) based on traffic sign recognition
Driver Attention Warning (DAW) now has an increased operating speed of up to 210 km / h, and also alerts drivers if they do not notice the car in front is moving away from a stop
Navigation-based Intelligent Cruise Control (NSCC) helps bypass curved sections of a freeway, automatically reducing vehicle speed to an appropriate level before entering the curve. It returns to the original speed when the vehicle leaves the curve
A similar update was made to reverse out of parking areas, with Rear Cross Collision Avoidance (RCCA) Assist now helping to avoid collisions with crossing vehicles in reverse (previously, the system warned the driver only).
The following new ADAS technologies and handy features have been added to the Stinger for the first time:
Safety Exit Warning (SEW) detects vehicles coming from behind on either side of the Stinger when they are parked and stopped, alerting occupants with an audible and visual warning if they attempt to open the door by reverse.
Kia’s advanced Blind Spot Monitor (BVM) technology acts as a “second pair of eyes” for drivers by eliminating blind spots on the driver’s left and right side. It displays high-resolution video feed in the instrument cluster digital display if the driver signals to change lanes with another vehicle in their blind spot. Video feed comes from discreet wide-angle lenses hidden under the exterior mirror housings, giving drivers a wider viewing angle of their blind spots
Lane Keeping Assist (LFA) helps the vehicle stay in the center of its lane
Freeway Driving Assistance (HDA) helps maintain a set distance from the vehicle ahead on the freeway and keep the car in the center of its lane, even on a curved road
The Rear Occupant Alert (ROA) warns the driver if they leave pets or children behind when exiting the car.
UK specs, release date and pricing will be announced in due course.