Kia’s rear-wheel drive Stinger has been updated inside and out, with more customisation on the menu
The Kia Stinger GT hit the road in 2018 as an alternative V6-powered rival to the Audi S5 Sportback and BMW 440i Gran Coupe, and now two years on has been given an update. The changes have focused on refining its looks, improving quality and updating the interior tech.
At the front you’ll find subtly redesigned LED headlights, with tweaked optics and darkened lenses. The rear has more substantial changes, with a new diffuser surrounding enlarged quad exhaust tips. The rear lighting has also been redesigned with a now de-rigueur lightbar spanning the width of the rear rather than just illuminating the outer sections like before.
Kia will also offer more customisation for buyers in international markets, with a new ‘Dark Package’ adding a gloss black diffuser, matching black exhaust tips and darkened badges. New exterior colour options will also be available, alongside new 18” and 19” wheel designs.
The cabin architecture remains mostly unchanged, but Kia has updated the upper dash to support a larger 10.25-inch infotainment display and extended ambient lighting. High-spec Nappa leather trims are available in black, red or beige alongside the options previously available, with the steering wheel now featuring more premium metallic trim to match the instrument cluster.
The rear view mirror is now frameless, and the interior is now available in a wider range of trim finishes and colours depending on specification. In overseas markets, the new Stinger GT will also feature its own market-specific badging, although we’d expect the Kia branding to remain in European markets.
Kia has not elaborated on any changes to the powertrain, but we expect the current 3.3-litre twin-turbocharged V6 to continue to top of the range. In its current form, peak figures sit at 365bhp and 376lb ft of torque, which drive the rear wheels via an eight-speed torque converter automatic. Lesser four-cylinder turbocharged petrol and diesel models are also available.
The current model will cost you from $43,000, rising to $53,845 for the V6-powered GT-S.
This article originally appeared at evo.co.uk
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