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2021 Kia Stinger Revealed With Discreet Facelift, Upgraded Interior

Kia reveals new design for the Fastback Stinger

First images of the upgraded model reveal its revised design, inside and out
New design packs for Kia’s Gran Turismo fastback sport sedan
Better interior with new colors, materials and infotainment technology
Improved model on sale worldwide from Q3 2020
Kia Motors Corporation today released the first images of the upgraded Kia Stinger, revealing a refreshed design for the high-performance fastback sport sedan. Changes to the appearance of the upgraded model amplify its gran turismo character, while improving the quality of the interior and giving owners more choice of colors and materials.

The upgraded model benefits from a range of design updates, inside and out. On the outside, the changes add a dramatic new touch to the car’s design and give buyers more options for customization. Inside, the upgraded Stinger offers a more comfortable space to travel, with a revised design, new, higher-quality materials and infotainment system updates.

Karim Habib, Senior Vice President and Head of Kia Global Design commented: “The Stinger projects an air of elegance and comfort, but also an excellent lens, for long distance driving. The updated model builds on the svelte gran turismo design we introduced three years ago with a modern twist and a subtle touch of aggression to enhance its presence on the road. The interior has also been improved, and new design cues and technologies incorporated into the Stinger reconfirm its credentials as a consummate tourist.

A modernized and more muscular exterior appearance

At the front of the Stinger, Kia’s signature “tiger nose” grille sits between new multi-faceted LED reflector headlamps, with a new design and LED daytime running lights. The new lamps look darker and sleeker with the lights off, while also giving the car a more high-tech light signature, with sharp slashes angled slightly towards the front of the car.

At the rear, a new slim rear combination light displays a distinctive new light signature, spanning the entire width of the car and mimicking the shape of the subtle spoiler integrated in the trunk lid. The new turn signals include a collection of 10 individual LED units each, arranged in a grid to mimic the appearance of a checkered flag, used in motorsport to signal the end of a race.

Buyers of more powerful examples of the Stinger now have the option of specifying large-diameter shiny silver exhaust mufflers, with a more focused, performance-inspired rear diffuser to give the car a more muscular rear appearance.

Two new 18 and 19 inch aluminum alloy rims are also introduced, with intricate geometric designs that enhance the sporty and grand touring character of the car. The Stinger is now available with a new exterior color in many markets around the world.

Two new exterior packs are also introduced for the first time. For high performance variants in many markets around the world, a new “Dark Package” includes a glossy black diffuser surround and black wide bore muffler tips. The Stinger emblem on the tailgate is also finished in black. For North America, a new “Black Package” is on offer, giving customization fans the opportunity to further enhance the aesthetics of the Stinger with an aggressive new look. The black package includes new 19-inch matte black light wheels, a new rear fender for the trunk lid, mirror caps and blackened side fender trims.

A better cabin with new color options and an improved infotainment screen

While the upgraded Stinger’s cabin architecture remains unchanged, with a driver-oriented dashboard and comfortable space for up to five occupants, it benefits from a range of subtle improvements. These visual and material upgrades are designed to enhance the car’s high touring capacity, creating a more luxurious ambience.

The lower portion of the steering wheel features a new metallic finish to match the chrome bezel that now surrounds the 7.0-inch fully digital instrument panel. The latter is designed to provide crystal-clear information to drivers via its high-definition display. The rearview mirror is now frameless, creating a modern look and improving rear visibility.

Depending on the specification, the dashboard and doors are finished with new contrasting stitching, while the center console is available with either aluminum or carbon fiber trim; both measures reinforce the sporty character of the interior. At the top of the dash is Kia’s upgraded 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment and navigation system, accented by a new glossy black finish on the front of the dash. The cabin also features a new ambient lighting system, allowing drivers to select one of 64 colors to subtly change the character of the cabin.

The Stinger is available with a new interior color and material options, depending on the market. Korean customers can choose a monotonous new “dark brown” interior, with super-soft quilted nappa leather seats. For Kia’s global markets, the new choices include Nappa leather upholstery in a black, red or beige finish, alongside existing leather and synthetic leather options. A new Saturn Black option finishes the black suede seats with contrasting red stitching in a “chain” pattern, designed to mimic the links of a watch strap.

More details on Stinger to be revealed soon

The new Kia Stinger is expected to go on sale in Korea during the third quarter of 2020; sales in many of Kia’s global markets will follow later. Kia will reveal more details about the improved Stinger soon, including its new powertrain lineup and new tech.

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