In case you missed it, Kia recently made some subtle aesthetic changes to the Stinger with new-look headlamps and daytime running lights, a sportier bumper, and a massive new taillight. Now, the Stinger gets even more upgrades, but this time in the performance and safety departments.
The Kia retains its 3.3-liter turbocharged V6 but it does get a new electronic variable exhaust valve system. This produces a more prominent and deeper exhaust note and helps the powertrain generate a few more horses, upping maximum output to 368hp. It still produces 510Nm of torque and is still mated to an eight-speed automatic gearbox.
As for its safety features, the Stinger gets new functions such as safe exit warning, blind-spot view monitor, lane-following assist, and rear occupant alert. These come along the existing advanced driver assistance systems features including lane-keep assist, forward collision- and blind-spot collision-avoidance assist, and navigation-based smart cruise control.
In addition to all these, the Stinger also sees some improvements inside the cabin, with a new 10.25-inch widescreen infotainment system (optional) and eight-inch touchscreen display, both with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. The new Stinger also gets more added niceties depending on the variant and the market, including a new remote engine start system and integration of Kia’s UVO App.
“The Stinger remains the standard-bearer for the Kia brand, almost a decade after we first revealed the Kia GT Concept in 2011. It remains our most driver-focused car, and is capable of covering great distances in comfort and style,” said Hyundai Motor Group product division head Thomas Schemera. “The upgraded model builds on the Stinger’s well-established grand touring ethos, with a renewed sense of design flair, new powertrains and technologies, and greater usability enhancing its appeal for buyers in markets around the world.”
Would you want to see Kia Philippines bring this refreshed model over to our shores?