THE first images of the upgraded 2021 Kia Stinger have been released, revealing a refreshed design for the high-performance fastback sports sedan, with changes to the appearance of the enhanced model amplifying its gran turismo character.
On the outside, the changes add a new touch of drama to the car’s design and give buyers more options for customisation; inside, the upgraded Stinger offers a more comfortable space in which to travel with a revised design.
New higher-quality materials and updates to the infotainment system complete the new look package.
“The Stinger projects an air of elegance and comfort, and also great purpose, for long distance driving,” Kia’s global design senior VP Karim Habib said.
“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,” he added.
“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.”
At the front of the Stinger, Kia’s signature ‘tiger-nose’ grille sits between new multifaceted reflector LED headlamps, with a new design and LED daytime running lights. The new lamps appear darker and sleeker with the lights out too.
The changes give the car a more high-tech light signature, with sharp slashes of light angled slightly towards the front of the car, while at the rear, a svelte new rear combination lamp displays a distinctive new light signature.
Extending the full width of the car and mimicking the shape of the subtle spoiler integrated into the trunk lid, the new lights also sport new turn signals comprising a collection of 10 individual LED units each.
These have been arranged in a grid pattern to mimic the appearance of a checkered flag used in motor sport to signal the end of a race.
Buyers of more powerful examples of the Stinger now also have the option to specify larger wide-bore bright silver exhaust mufflers, with a more purposeful, performance-inspired rear diffuser to give the car a more muscular rear appearance.
Two new 18-inch and 19-inch aluminium alloy wheels are also introduced with intricate, geometric designs which enhance the sporty, grand tourer nature of the car.
Kia will also make the Stinger available in a new colour in in many markets worldwide, as well as introducing two new exterior packages, including the Dark Package for global markets, and the Black Package for the US market.
Tailored specifically for its high-performance variants, the Dark Package brings with it a gloss black diffuser surround and black wide-bore muffler tips. The Stinger emblem on the tailgate is also finished in black.
For North America, the Black Package will include 19-inch matte black lightweight wheels, a new rear wing for the trunk lid, and blacked out mirror caps and side fender trim.
While the architecture of the cabin in the upgraded Stinger remains unchanged with a sweeping, driver-oriented dash and comfortable space for up to five occupants, it boasts a range of subtle enhancements.
These visual and material upgrades are designed to improve the car’s grand touring ability, creating a more luxurious ambience. The lower section of the steering wheel features a new metallic finish.
It matches the chrome bezel that now surrounds the 7.0-inch fully-digital instrument cluster. The latter is designed to provide crystal clear information to drivers via its high-definition display.
The rear-view mirror is now frame-less, creating a modern look and enhancing rear visibility. Depending on specification, the dashboard and doors are finished with contrast stitching, with the centre console available in aluminium or carbon fibre-style trim.
Sitting atop the dash is Kia’s upgraded 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment and navigation system, accented by a new glossy black finish along the front of the dash. The cabin also features a new 68-colour mood lighting system.
The Stinger is available with new interior colours and material options too, depending on the market, with customers in Korea (where the new Stinger will launch in quarter three of this year), able to opt for a new Dark Brown monotone look.
It scores ultra-soft diamond quilted Nappa leather seats as well. Outside Korea, new choices include Saturn Black, Red or Beige Nappa leather, alongside existing leather and synthetic leather options.
An additional new Saturn Black option finishes the seats in black suede with contrasting red stitching in a ‘chain’ pattern designed to mimic the links in a watch strap.
The 2021 Kia Stinger will go on sale in global markets following its launch in Korea. Local availability, specifications and pricing, exactly what power trains it will run with, and other details, will be revealed soon.