Stinger is getting big changes but a bigger price tag to match.
Last month, we learned that Kia is extending the Stinger performance sedan's life into the 2022 model year with a big upgrade. The base turbocharged 2.0-liter engine making 255 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque is being replaced by a 2.5-liter unit making 300 hp and 311 lb-ft. That's a big bump and makes it more powerful than the 255-hp BMW 330i. Now, we have a price via a leak through CarsDirect that suggests, along with the extra power and other updates, the 2022 Kia Stinger's MSRP will be $36,090, a rise of $3,000 over the 2021 model. It also makes it $90 more than a Genesis G70, which can be argued as a superior car.
Other updates to help justify the Stinger's $3,000 price hike should include new headlights, a full-width taillight design, new 18- and 19-inch wheels, and, on the inside, a new 4.2-inch digital gauge cluster and 10.25-inch infotainment screen. According to the report based around a Kia order guide, the range-topping Stinger GT2 will increase by $900 to $54,535. That will come with a 3.3-liter engine pushing out 368 hp and 376 lb-ft of torque, similar to the 2021 model. On top of that, customers can option a new sporty appearance package with carbon fiber interior trim, black wheels, a rear spoiler, and blacked-out badging for $1,295. That pushes the price you could pay if you wanted for a Kia stinger up to $56,000.
As for the G70 comparison, that might not be fair as it's based on the 2021 model year. The 2022 Genesis G70 is a facelift model, both inside and out, and the pricing has not been announced. The gorgeous new look and improved tech inside could see the G70 getting a price hike as it continues to successfully got toe-to-toe with BMW in both luxury, looks, and performance. However, Genesis has conformed the G70 won't get any engine updates, and the 2.0-liter base unit remains, as does the optional 3.3-liter twin-turbo V6.