2021 Kia Stinger exterior quarter front

After previously releasing several teaser images of the fastback sports sedan’s refreshed design, the Kia Stinger has finally been revealed in full detail. It now comes with new upgrades that further embodies its Gran Turismo character.

2021 Kia Stinger exterior quarter front

On the outside, this refreshed model still has the same familiar body shape, although there are some key enhancements done to its design. Upfront, the Kia Stinger still gets the brand’s signature ‘Tiger-Nose’ grille. Apart from that, it also gets a new multifaceted reflector LED headlamps and two-wheel package options, namely, a set of new 18-inch or 19-inch aluminum-alloy wheels.

Likewise, the rear also has a reworked design, it now gets a new pair of taillights which features a unique lighting pattern and is now connected as one. It is then finished with a pair of performance-inspired rear diffusers which is reported to give the vehicle a superb exhaust note.

2021 Kia Stinger interior dashboard

Apart from its stylish and re-executed exterior, the new Kia Stinger gets a new interior that’s better-packaged for greater space and comfort for both the driver and its passengers. The following upgrade includes an optional new 10.25-inch touchscreen display that supports Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto for seamless phone integration. Apart from that, there’s also an available narrow-bezel designed 8-inch touchscreen display.

As for engine options, the new Kia Stinger will be made available with three powerplants. First up is the familiar twin-turbo 3.3-liter T-GDi V6 engine, which now gets an uprated figure of 368 hp and remains at 510 Nm of torque. Next up is a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder ‘Theta’ engine, which has been around on other markets since 2017. Its power figures are rated at 252 hp and 353 Nm of torque. 

Lastly, the Kia Stinger gets an additional powerplant this year, which is mainly for the Korean, U.S., and Mexican market. Namely, it is a Smartstream 2.5-liter T-GDi engine that is able to churn out 300 hp and 422 Nm of torque. As for the gearbox, all of the aforementioned engines can be paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission.

As for safety, the Kia Stinger retains the same set of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) which includes Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist, Lane Keeping Assist, Blind-Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist, and many more. While additionally, the following driver-assist features were added, such as the Highway Driving Assist, Rear Occupant Alert, Lane Following Assist, and many more. 

While we don’t get all these safety assist systems on the pre-updated Stinger being sold locally, we still hope that the vehicle may acquire the following features in the near future, perhaps, once this updated model reaches the Philippine market. The new Kia Stinger is set to go on sale in Korea by the third quarter this year.

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