By the end of April, we offered our thoughts about Kia Stinger’s fate and I particularly said that if Kia won’t update the powertrain, that could mean the decission were already taken. Fortunately today we have good news for you Stinger fans as a Stinger unit were caught with brand’s prototype sticker showing 2.5-liter T-GDi engine.
What we know so far?
The Kia Motors’ first variable exhaust system is applied to the Stinger partial change. It is a device that can adjust the exhaust sound generated from outside the actual vehicle beyond the current Stinger sound generator. It is the first time that a variable exhaust system is applied to a factory-spec domestic car except for the N brand.
Indoors, the infotainment monitor grows from 8 inches to 10.25 inches. The interior layout retains the shape of the current model, and the upper trim includes quality napa leather seats, as well as advanced materials and colors. The dashboard and door trim are covered with leather covering and stitching.
The instrument panel is replaced with a digital type from the existing analog. Changes in exterior design focus on enhancing detail. The graphic inside the headlamp and the front and rear bumper design are changed, and a new design wheel is introduced. The rear lamp is a horizontal bar connected to the left and right, and a sequential direction indicator is applied.
The powertrain will be based on the SmartStream G2.5 T-GDI engine with a maximum output of 304 hp and a maximum torque of 43.0 kgm, and the top model should be follow and use the SmartStream G3.5 GDi engine with a maximum output that could rose 400 hp and a maximum torque of 54.0 kgm. Indirect injection (PFI) and direct injection (GDI) are used together to increase efficiency.
Smartstream has significantly improved performance in terms of fuel efficiency improvement, combustion improvement, exhaust gas reduction, and engine friction reduction compared to the previous powertrain. Through this, it is possible to respond to global fuel economy and environmental regulations that are intensifying as well as vehicles. Performance was greatly improved. The Stinger facelift is set to be revealed in July in South Korea.