The next Kia Stinger has been revealed this week, with the high-performance fastback sports saloon boasting a range of upgrades to amplify its gran turismo character.
As well as a revamped, athletic design, the next Stinger includes Kia’s latest driver assist and safety features, as well as improved interior packaging for greater space and comfort.
Head of Product Division at Hyundai Motor Group, Thomas Schemera, commented: ‘The Stinger remains the standard-bearer for the Kia brand, almost a decade after we first revealed the Kia GT Concept in 2011.
‘It remains our most driver-focused car, and is capable of covering great distances in comfort and style.’
He concluded: ‘The upgraded model builds on the Stinger’s well-established grand touring ethos, with a renewed sense of design flair, new powertrains and technologies, and greater usability enhancing its appeal for buyers in markets around the world.’
The most powerful Stinger in Kia’s new line-up will include a new variable exhaust valve, for an improved 3.3-litre T-GDi exhaust tone.
This features a small butterfly valve in the exhaust which opens and closes, producing a more prominent, deeper exhaust note in Sport driving modes, or a quieter, more subdued exhaust note in Eco or Comfort mode.
The engine is to be paired with a smooth-shifting eight-speed automatic transmission, matching the car’s long-legged gran turismo personality.
New Infotainment System and Displays
At the centre of the all-new Kia Stinger’s upgraded cabin is an innovative 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system, providing new functionality to meet drivers’ changing expectations of in-car technology.
Bluetooth multi-connection enables passengers to connect up to two mobile devices at the same time – one for hands-free phone and multimedia use; the other for media use only.
The new advanced split-screen display lets users control or monitor different vehicle features at the same time, customising the screen with a series of different widgets. The system will offer Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard, with a voice control system for many of the car’s features, such as heating and ventilation, audio and navigation.
More New Technology
The upgraded Kia Stinger features a series of new ‘connected car’ features to improve convenience for everyday driving.
Depending on your new Stinger’s specification, among these technologies is a Remote Engine Start system, which allows owners to start their car remotely using the Stinger’s smart key.
In addition, Kia’s UVO App can be used to pre-activate the Stinger’s seat heating and ventilation functions remotely, creating a comfortable temperature before entering the car and avoiding the inconvenience of sitting on a hot or cold seat!
New Driving and Safety Assistance Systems
The upgraded Kia Stinger carries over the same Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) that it offered previously, as well as a series of new features and updates to provide even better protection for the driver, their passengers and other road users.
From Lane Keep Assist to Navigation-based Smart Cruise Control, the 2021 Kia Stinger will actively look out for, and avoid if possible, any dangers around you.
The next Kia Stinger will go on sale in the UK later next year - with pricing and further specification to be announced nearer the time.
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