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Here's What Happening With The 2021 Kia Stinger

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How radical will the updates be?

The Kia Stinger performance sedan first went on sale as a 2018 model and given today's rapid vehicle update cycle, a facelift will be happening soon. However, the Stinger is not a high volume model for the automaker. It's more of an image model, built to prove Kia's performance and handling capabilities. Still, its design dates back prior to 2018 and some updates are definitely needed. Question is, how far will Kia go with them?

The Korean Car Blog recently spoke with Emilio Herrera, COO of Kia Motors Europe about this topic and we now have a clearer picture of what to expect. "Kia Stinger, just like all of our models, will go through some product enhancement in due course. However, those will not be radical changes, because the design of the Stinger has been successful," Herrera said. "The Stinger is a great car. More than anything else, the Stinger has been a brand promoter."

2018-2020 Kia Stinger Front Angle View Kia
2018-2020 Kia Stinger Rear Angle View Kia

What could some of those not so radical updates be? TKCB has reason to believe there will be a new and larger infotainment system while the V6 model is set to receive a headlight adjustment feature with the turn of the steering wheel as well as a new driver's bolster control system with the switch to Sport Mode, similar to what's found on the Genesis G70.

Both base 2.0 Turbo and V6 models could also get the Kia Drive Wise intelligent safety system that assists drivers with autonomous driving and other assistive technologies. But again, none of this has been confirmed. Expect the facelifted 2021 Stinger to be revealed by next July.

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2018-2020 Kia Stinger Driver Seat Kia
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2018-2020 Kia Stinger Second Row Folded Kia

In the meantime, the 2020 Kia Stinger has undergone some minor packaging changes, specifically the elimination of the 2.0T Base and Premium trims.

Both are replaced by a new trim called GT-Line. The twin-turbo V6 model remains mostly unchanged. Will power outputs be increased for 2021? Herrera made no mention of this, so don't expect anything too drastic. In general, the 2021 Stinger's updates will likely be relatively minor both inside and out.

2018-2020 Kia Stinger Engine Kia
2018-2020 Kia Stinger Rear Angle View Kia
2018-2020 Kia Stinger Front Angle View Kia

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2018-2020 Kia Stinger Trunk Space
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