Kia has dared to introduce a sports liftback to a world obsessed with SUVs, and while stinger sales have fallen short of the company's expectations, the mid-cycle update will try to lure customers who would otherwise buy something German. A new report from South Korean magazine Top Rider claims that there will be quite a few changes to the car's upcoming facelift.
First of all, the range-topping GT is said to use an upgraded version of the existing twin-turbo 3.3-liter V6 engine. Power is expected to grow from the current 365 horsepower and 376 lb-ft (510 Newton meters) of torque to 380 HP and 390 lb-ft (528 Nm). The increase in output will be complemented by the company's first introduction of a variable exhaust system with adjustable flaps to change the sound.
Styling changes for the 2021 Stinger will include slightly redesigned front and rear bumpers, as well as an updated headlight appearance. In addition, the rear lights are also sure to be tweaked a bit and will be connected to each other thanks to the full-size led panel that is becoming quite common on recent cars. Inside, expect an all-digital dashboard to replace analog dials and a 10.25-inch touch-sensitive infotainment system instead of the current 8-inch setup.
If the report is accurate, Kia will introduce the 2021 Stinger to its home market sometime in July. Updated European and North American versions should follow soon.
Kia hopes these updates will improve sales figures compared to 2019, when demand for the Stinger dropped 17.5 percent to 13,861 units. However, 2020 is not looking good at all, as the company transported only 2,560 vehicles to the US in the first three months of the year, a drop of almost 21 percent. Given that the coronavirus pandemic is negatively affecting demand for new cars, it seems highly unlikely that a mid-cycle facelift will make a difference.
A source: https://www.motor1.com