Bigger tailpipes hint at the more powerful engines to come.
Although doubt has been cast on the future of the Kia Stinger and whether a second-generation model will materialize, the current version is very much alive. It shouldn't be much longer to go before the facelifted Kia Stinger makes an official appearance, but before that, we now get a closer look at some of the design changes that have been implemented thanks to new spy photos from The Korean Car Blog and stungbystinger on Instagram.
Of the new photos, the major one is a totally clear view of the Stinger's rear end. Among the changes is a lighting unit that now stretches across the entire width of the body. We also see a quartet of rather sizable exhaust outlets, hinting that there's more power on its way.
This gives the Stinger a broader stance than the pre-facelift model, which had more traditional, individual taillight clusters. The Stinger insignia has also grown in size and has now been placed in the middle of the body, where the Kia logo once sat. Volkswagen did something similar with the new GTI.
A revised diffuser insert is more aggressive than before and features the liberal use of a mesh insert. Other changes we can see are quad-exit tailpipes that appear to have grown in size. This is perhaps appropriate since the 2021 Stinger will be receiving more power than before, with a 304-horsepower 2.5-liter turbo-four expected to replace the existing 255-hp 2.0-liter turbo.
In the picture, the model photographed is the more powerful GT with the 3.3-liter V6 engine. Here, the power increase will reportedly be more modest, with a jump from 365 hp to 373 hp, thanks in part to revised ECU settings. Another image was shared of the new Stinger's headlight, although it doesn't reveal much more than revised graphics and the use of full LED clusters.
In the cabin, fewer changes are noted beyond a larger 10.25-inch touchscreen and digital instrumentation, although this may not be standard across the range. With a reveal expected in a few weeks, the updated Stinger looks like it'll remain one of our favorite sports sedans.