Kia Motors makes a mid-cycle update of the Stinger four-door liftback.
Some styling and technical tweaks should spur consumer demand, which leaves much to be desired in 2019 and 2020.
Kia upgrades a twin-turbo 3.3-liter V6 engine for the Stinger GT. The power output increases from 365 hp (376 lb-ft / 510 Nm) to 380 hp (390 lb-ft / 528 Nm).
The company implements a variable exhaust system with adjustable flaps for the first time.
Slight exterior changes include bumpers, headlamps and taillights. A fully digital instrument cluster and a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system replace analog dials and a 8-inch display in the cabin.
The 2021 Kia Stinger will enter the South Korean market in July 2020. The versions for Europe and North America will join shortly after.
The Kia Stinger is a nominee of the 2018 European Car of the Year (included in the short list). It is also one of three finalists of the 2018 North American Car, Utility and Truck of the Year.
In America, the current 2020 Kia Stinger ranks near the top of the luxury small car class.
Among its advantages, experts of U.S. News & World Report called punchy turbocharged engines, balanced ride and handling, large cargo area, easy-to-use touchscreen. Below-average fuel economy is named to be its disadvantage.
Prices of the current model start from $33,090 (USA), £32,925 (UK), €44,490 (Germany).