2022 Kia Stinger Leaks Early With Updated Styling And More Power

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Kia will officially lift the wraps off the updated 2022 Stinger next week on March 16.

After the sport sedan was refreshed for the 2021 model year in South Korea, America's 2022 Kia Stinger facelift will finally debut on March 16. Just a few days ago, Kia released a teaser image giving us a first look at the 2022 Stinger bound for the US.

Unfortunately for Kia, the updated Stinger has already leaked in full. A US dealer in California is advertising the 2022 Kia Stinger for sale ahead of the car's official reveal next week with revealing images showing the car from every angle. As expected, the Kia Stinger is getting a minor facelift for the 2022 model year.

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Design changes from the South Korean facelift have carried over, including the revised LED headlights incorporating new daytime running lights, a tweaked tiger-nose grille, and full-length taillights. Inside, we can see the cabin has been upgraded with a new 10.25-inch touchscreen replacing the current car's eight-inch display and a new digital instrument cluster. Kia's new company logo also adorns the steering wheel and hood.

While the styling changes are subtle, to say the least, the updated Stinger will be getting a welcome performance upgrade. The current car is powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine producing 255 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque, but a listing by the EPA confirms it will be replaced by a more powerful 2.5-liter four-cylinder turbo that will reportedly produce 300 horsepower and 311 lb-ft of torque.

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According to the EPA, this new unit is rated at 21/29/24 MPG city/highway/combined. For comparison, the current 2.0-liter Stinger is rated at 22/29/25 MPG city/highway/combined, so the more potent unit's economy has only dropped by 1 MPG. Like last year's model, the GT2 trim will top the range with a 3.3-liter twin-turbo V6. Curiously, a dealer spec sheet suggests this unit will also get a slight power bump from 365 hp to 368 hp, but we'll have to wait for the official reveal in a few days for these details to be confirmed.

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