Kia on Tuesday unveiled an updated Stinger that will go on sale in the automaker’s home market of Korea in the third quarter of 2020. Timing for the United States hasn’t been announced but the car is expected to arrive as a 2021 model.
There are subtle changes to both the exterior and interior of the updated Stinger.
Kia has fitted new multifaceted reflector LED headlights with a tweaked design and incorporated LED daytime running lights. These new lights are slightly darker than those of the pre-facelifted Stinger and give the sports sedan a more high-tech light signature.
The most significant visual change comes at the rear where Kia’s designers have created new taillights with a full-width LED light bar. Found within the new taillight units are turn signals with a collection of 10 individual LED units each, arranged in a grid pattern to mimic the look of a checkered flag.
Kia has designed new 18- and 19-inch alloy wheels while adding a new color and two optional packages. The Dark Package available in multiple global markets will come with a glossy black rear diffuser and a dark finish for the exhaust tips and rear badge. In North America, there’s a Black Package with 19-inch wheels finished in matte black, a rear wing, and black treatment for the side fender trim and mirror caps.
Stepping inside the cabin, the most notable change is the larger 10.25-inch infotainment replacing the old 8.0-inch setup. Kia mentions the materials used throughout the interior are better than before and customers will get to pick from aluminum or faux carbon fiber trim for the center console. The ambient lighting has been upgraded and there are now 64 selectable colors to create a cozy atmosphere.
Depending on the market, new interior color and material options will also be offered. In Korea, for example, a new Dark Brown monotone interior with ultra-soft diamond-quilted Nappa leather seats is available. In global markets, new choices include Nappa leather upholstery finished in Saturn Black, Red or Beige, alongside existing leather and synthetic leather options.
Additional details about the 2021 Kia Stinger will be announced. Sales will start in Korea during the third quarter of 2020 with sales in global markets starting after.