The Kia Stinger receives some subtle design tweaks

It gets the majority of its changes out back
by Leandre Grecia | Aug 12, 2020
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We’ve known since May that the updated Kia Stinger is on its way. Now, months after that confirmation, Kia has released the first images of its facelifted performance car.

The changes up front are subtle, though, as the Stinger only gets slightly tweaked headlamps with new daytime running lights. The ‘facelift’ is more apparent out back, where the car has been given a new massive taillight that spans the width of the fastback sedan, an execution we saw with the recently previewed Carnival.

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More changes on the rear end include the new-look bumper and the new turn signals—the latter is built with 10 individual LED units each to mimic the appearance of a checkered flag. The pair of twin exhaust pipes come standard, but larger ones are also available.

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Kia has also given the Stinger new 18- and 19-inch aluminum alloy wheels. In some markets, it can be had with a Dark Package that’s fitted with a gloss black rear diffuser, black wide-bore muffler tips, and a blacked-out Stinger emblem on the tailgate. Meanwhile, other markets get the Black Package that comes with blacked-out mirror caps and side fender trim, 19-inch matte black wheels, and a new rear wing.

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Moving onto the interior, the Stinger also gets some minor updates, including a new metallic finish on the steering wheel matched with the new chrome bezel surrounding the instrument cluster and a new frameless rear-view mirror.

The center console is available with either aluminum or carbon-fiber trims, while contrast stitching on the dash and door panels are also available depending on the specification. The Stinger’s cabin can also be lit up via the new mood lighting feature that boasts 64 color options.

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Just like the exterior, the interior can be specified with new color packages depending on the market. Options include a Dark Brown monotone theme with Nappa leather upholstery and a new Saturn Black option with black suede seats with red chainstitches that imitate the look of a watch strap.

Kia says the new Stinger will be sold in the third quarter of 2020, which means it’ll be available anytime soon. What do you make of it? Do you think this should be sold here in our market, too?

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