A digital driver's display and new materials are among the improvements.
After numerous spy shots revealed much of the updated Kia Stinger's refreshed styling, the Korean automaker has now released the first official pictures of its sporty sedan. The changes to the fastback sedan may not be as dramatic as some would have hoped for, but nothing much was wrong with the way the Stinger looked to begin with.
In front, there's Kia's signature 'tiger-nose' grille flanked by upgraded reflector LED headlamps. This appears to be a Korean-spec version based on the market-specific badge; US versions should come with the more familiar Kia logo.
At the back, the updates are more noticeable. The combination lamp not only has a new light signature but spans the full width of the Stinger and gives it a broader stance than before.
The turn signals feature some neat detailing, too; these have 10 individual LED lighting units that Kia says forms the pattern of a checkered flag.
For the more powerful models - we're assuming this refers to the V6-powered GT - bigger wide-bore silver exhaust mufflers can be specified optionally. They are matched by a more aggressive rear diffuser. Along the sides, the only notable upgrades are revised 18- and 19-inch alloy wheel designs. They have a more geometric and complex design than the wheels used before.
If the updated Stinger still looks a bit too subtle for your tastes, you can opt for one of two new exterior packages. The Dark Package is reserved for high-performance versions and adds a gloss black diffuser surround along with wide-bore muffler tips in black.
However, US customers will get the Black Package that includes blacked-out mirror caps and 19-inch lightweight wheels in matte black.
Kia also shared one image of the upgraded cabin for the first time. It incorporates a seven-inch digital instrument cluster, a new frameless rearview mirror, and an upgraded 10.25-inch central touchscreen. The classy contrast stitching on the dash and door panels looks great. Upgraded mood lighting is available in a wide choice of 64 colors. New Nappa leather upholstery will be offered in colors like Red or Beige. The quilted Nappa leather seats visible here look great, but are reserved for customers in Korea.
No details were shared regarding powertrain choices, and although a 304-horsepower 2.5-liter turbo-four was rumored to be used lower down in the range, information from the EPA indicates that the 2.0L turbo-four will be retained. It will be joined by the 3.3-liter V6 in the GT which may receive a small increase in power. Korean sales will begin in Q3 this year, with other markets to follow later. The various upgrades should give the Stinger a better chance of stealing customers from the more established German marques.