For the 2021 model year, Kia is enhancing the Stinger fastback sports sedan with changes inside and out. The fresh looks are designed to “builds on the svelte gran turismo design” according to a release from the company.
The front of the 2021 Stinger will now feature the car’s tiger-nose grille between new multifaceted reflector LED headlamps and daytime running lights.
Kia has given the rear of the Stinger a new combination taillight displays that includes a new light signature that goes across the entire width of the back end. That signature mimics the shape of the spoiler that is integrated into the trunk lid. Each turn signal is comprised of 10 LED units and arranged in a grid pattern that is reminiscent of a checkered flag.
The front of the Stinger has gotten headlight enhancements.Photo courtesy of Kia Motors
There are also larger wide-bore bright silver exhaust mufflers and a more purposeful rear diffuser, which combine to give the car a more muscular appearance.
Stinger rides on either 18- or 19-inch aluminum alloy wheels that feature geometric designs. Kia will also offer the model with a new exterior color – a shade of purple.
Kia will make two exterior packages available on the Stinger. High-performance variants will be available with the Dark Package, which includes a gloss black diffuser surround, black wide-bore muffler tip, and black Stinger emblem on the tailgate. In North America, the model will be offered with a new Black Package that adds 19-inch matte black lightweight wheels, a rear wing for the trunk lid, and blacked out mirror caps and side fender trim.
The Stinger gets materials upgrades for 2021 designed to make its cabin more premium. The lower section of the steering wheel now has a metallic finish. That finish matches the bezel that surrounds the 7.0-inch all-digital instrument cluster. Kia has made the car’s rear view mirror frameless.
Kia has upgraded the Stinger’s cabin for 2021.Photo courtesy of Kia Motors
Depending on the trim level purchased, the Stinger’s dashboard and doors can feature contrast stitching while the center console is available with aluminum or carbon fiber-style trim.
The model has an upgraded 10.25-inch infotainment touch screen and navigation system that is surrounded by a new glossy black finish.
Kia is offering the Stinger Nappa leather upholstery finished in Saturn Black, Red, or Beige, alongside existing leather and synthetic leather options. A new Saturn Black option finishes the seats in black suede with contrasting red stitching in a “chain” pattern, designed to mimic the links in a watch strap.
The Stinger goes on sale in Korea in the third quarter of 2020 followed its arrival in global markets. Ahead of that, Kia is set to reveal a new powertrain line-up and technologies for the car.