Help us find the uber-subtle changes in the Kia Stinger facelift

Updated Aug 14, 2020 | Same topic: Automotive Industry Updates
Subtle, sure. But it’s also an obvious bump in quality for the Stinger.

A few days ago, Kia released some juicy details of the Stinger’s design. And as per the pictures, there will be subtle changes to it in order to enhance its gran turismo character. Apart from the exterior improvements, Kia will also add a bit of flair to the Kia Stinger’s interior.

So what exactly is the Korean car company planning to do to improve the high-performance sports sedan? To spot those, let us go through what we can observe, and let’s use the slider function to compare the old Stinger to the new one. 

On the outside, the new Stinger will of course still feature Kia’s signature tiger-nose grille. Flanking the grille however is a new pair of redesigned multifaceted LED headlamps, as well as a new set of LED daytime running lights. Compared to the old ones, these are far more aggressive-looking with their darker colors.

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The facelifted Kia Stinger on the left, and the old on to the right. Use the slider to compare

Towards the rear, Kia will also provide the Kia Stinger a new pair of taillights, as well as a pair of new 10 LED piece turn signal lamps. Not only do they add to the modern, muscular look of the Stinger with their grid pattern, but we assume that they’ll make the Kia sports sedan easier to spot.

For certain markets and certain variants, the new Stinger will also have several new functional parts like a larger exhaust muffler, a new performance-inspired rear diffuser, as well as a set of more modern looking 18-inch or 19-inch aluminum-alloy wheels.

Kia will also be offering a “Dark Package” for the Stinger which includes blacked-out exterior pieces. This package includes matte black 19-inch wheels, blacked-out side fender trim and mirror caps, a blacked-out diffuser surround, and blacked-out muffler tips.

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Notice anything different? The new Stinger to the left, and the old Stinger to the right

On the inside, the biggest thing Kia will change is the Stinger’s upgraded 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system. The Korean carmaker will also add new ambient lighting with 64 colors to choose from, new materials and patterns for the seats and soft-touch surfaces, and the dashboard and door interior panels will now be adorned with new contrast stitching. And lastly, the interior of the new Stinger will also get either aluminum or carbon fiber-style trim.

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Obviously the new Stinger's interior to the left is more premium looking

For now though, that covers most of what Kia has revealed. There’s no word yet on pricing, where the new Stinger will be available, and whether there are mechanical changes. If you want to learn more about the new Stinger, keep reading here on to keep yourself updated.


Cesar G.B. Miguel

Cesar learned how to drive a car years before he got his license. Today, he's still looking for that perfect '90s Japanese coupe to drive into the sunset while listening to Crazy Little Love by Nuage. Also has a thing for badass off-road vehicles and weird engine swaps.