We’ve already started to see 2022 Kia Stingers pop up at dealers in the United States, only weeks after receiving configuration details of the refreshed Stinger.
With cars actually landed on lots, some additional updates have come to light. For 2022, the Stinger adds an Ascot Green paint color option, which is a dark green with hints of gray. While we previously reported that the Carnival would be the first US-market Kia with the new logo, the new Stinger has beaten the Carnival to market and has those brand new badges above the grille and on the steering wheel.
Based on the window stickers and configurations of the cars that have already arrived, we’ve been able to learn some more details about the refreshed Stinger. First off, we now know that the GT1 includes the all-new reflector-style LED headlight units, which includes 4 distinctive LED daytime running lights, while the projector-style LED headlights are now exclusive to the GT2 and come with light bending. Another feature that is also now GT2-specific is the 7” color display in the gauge cluster. By contrast, the GT1 will only receive the 3.5” monochrome display.
GT1 models will come with standard leather, but the GT2 will come with the new “chain volume” stitched nappa leather. It looks like Kia is not bringing the diamond quilted nappa leather option to the US, at least not yet.
Finally, we now know that while all new 2022 Stingers receive the new taillights with full-width illuminated bar, the US will not be receiving the sequential rear turn signals we’ve seen in other markets. Instead, we get a row of LEDs for the rear turn signal that all blink together when the turn signal is activated.
For more information about the refreshed Stinger, which includes full details on pricing and performance, check our previous article here