US-Spec Kia Stinger Will Have 2.5 Turbo, Variable Exhaust

by Nov 18, 2020All News, Kia, Slider, USA0 comments

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Today we have interesting information to share with you. We have managed to get access to Kia Motors America national dealer meeting and we can share with you first details of the updated Kia Stinger for the US-market.

Kia announced the 2021 Kia Stinger for the South Korean market back in August and we were expecting to know more details about the US-spec model. The refreshed Stinger received minor styling tweaks, engine upgrades, and a more luxurious interior for the upcoming model year.

The biggest news for the US-spec Stinger is the introduction of the new 2.5L turbocharged four-cylinder engine, that will replace the base 2.0L model from the current Stinger. That raises power substantially from 252hp and 260 lb-ft in the base engine to 300hp and 311 lb-ft torque with the new 2.5 turbo.

The Stinger GT sticks with its 3.3L twin-turbocharged V6. Power is up slightly from 365hp to 368hp (actual number is 367.8 hp) , but torque doesn’t change and is still listed as 376 lb-ft. The US-spec Stinger 3.3 will have the new variable exhaust system too.

On the outside, the Stinger now comes with standard LED headlights which come in two styles: a new style that appears to replace lower-spec Stinger models with reflector-style LED headlights, four distinct LED daytime running lights, and LED front turn signals, and the same upgraded lens-style LED headlight units that we’ve had in higher-spec Stingers for the past 3 years.

The taillights are all-new for all Stinger models, with a full red LED light bar that runs the full width of the back of the car, LED brake lights in a new linear pattern, and premium-looking amber sequential rear turn signals.

Moving to the interior, Kia has spent time to sprinkle a little more luxury in with the refreshed 2021 Stinger this will be applied to the US-spec too. Diamond-quilted nappa leather in front and back is available in black, brown, or red, and door paneling has some additional stitched lines that bring additional visual interest. Extra stitching is also present on the dashboard, and the gloss black bottom piece on the steering wheel now looks more like an aluminum texture. The US-spec Stinger will also have the new 10,25″ Infotainment system.

Written by Jose Antonio López

Passionated about Korean cars from Hyundai, Kia & Genesis. Photographer. I love being in nature, hiking. Tech lover.

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