Changes to the 2021 Kia Stinger Take Grand Touring Car Upscale

Liz Kim | Aug 12, 2020

According to information released for its home market of South Korea, the 2021 Kia Stinger is moving upscale with a refresh that includes updated styling, an improved interior, and new technology and powertrains.

2021 Kia Stinger Blue Front View

A 5-door fastback sedan with a rear hatch and folding seats that give the car impressive utility, the 2021 Stinger is available with rear-wheel or all-wheel drive. For 2021, new LED headlamps and daytime running lights debut, along with the new taillights, available larger exhaust outlets, and two new 18- and 19-inch wheel designs. 

Additionally, for the U.S.-spec Kia Stinger, a Black Package will be available that includes matte-black 19-inch wheels, black mirror caps, a black rear wing, and blacked-out trim. In global markets, a Dark Package is available that adds black exhaust tips, black rear diffuser panel surrounds, and a black Stinger badge. Perhaps those items will make it to the U.S. as well.

To enhance the interior, Kia increases the use of chrome accents within the 2021 Stinger’s cabin, while the center console can be fitted with aluminum or simulated carbon fiber trim. Ambient cabin lighting with 64 color choices is also available, along with Nappa premium leather in black, red or beige. A brown interior color with diamond-quilted Nappa leather will be available for the Korean market, while global markets will offer an optional black simulated suede upholstery with red contrast stitching. 

Kia says the 2021 Stinger gets fully digital instrumentation and a new 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system, although further details have yet to be released. In the Telluride SUV, the same size infotainment system comes with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and UVO Link connected services.

Changes are coming under the hood, too, but details remain a secret. Looking to Kia’s corporate cousin, Genesis, for clues suggests that perhaps the 2021 Stinger will get the same engines debuting in the 2021 G80 sedan and rumored to be coming to a refreshed G70 sedan, with which the Stinger shares its underlying platform. These would include a turbocharged 2.5-liter 4-cylinder and twin-turbo 3.5-liter V-6, each making more power than the current Stinger’s engines.

The updated Kia Stinger goes on sale in South Korea in the fall and is expected to arrive in the U.S. by the end of the year.

The information in this article is from Kia and reflects educated guesses on the part of the author. It was accurate on August 12, 2020 but may have changes since that date.

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