Kia Stinger GT gets a mid-life update
The tiger nose grille has been reworked to lend the car a more aggressive profile while the rear now gets a Dodge Charger-ish lightbar
Kia unveiled a facelift for the Stinger GT in South Korea — its home market — and it has been treated with a wide array of design tweaks. The sports saloon was first launched in 2017 internationally being developed under the keen eye of BMW M engineer Albert Biermann.The changes are made to the design include the the tiger nose grille which has been reworked to lend the car a more aggressive profile. The headlamps now sport LED daytime-running lights in an all-new design. At the rear, the new tail lights extend to the full width of the car and they even resemble a chequered flag, amplifying the Stinger’s sporty intentions. The top trim level will sport wide-bore silver exhaust mufflers along with an enhanced rear diffuser set-up. The GT will also now have 18 and 19-inch aluminium alloy wheels as an option. In a first, Kia will now offer a ‘Dark Package’ for its gran turismo model which will include black options of all the parts mentioned in the lines above. The North America-only ‘Black Package’ will also have the option to spec the Stinger with lighter 19-inch wheels, finished in matte black. The package will also include a new spoiler and blacked out mirrors.
The interiors also get upgrades in the form of a new steering design, with chrome bezels to match the 7-inch digital instrument cluster. The new Stinger will now feature frameless rear-view mirrors as well. The top-end trim will also get contrast stitching and Nappa leather upholstery, paired with 64-colour mood lighting.
Karim Habib, Senior Vice President and Head of Kia Global Design commented: “The Stinger projects an air of elegance and comfort, and also great purpose, for long distance driving. The updated model builds on the svelte gran turismo design we introduced three years ago with modern flair and a subtle hint of aggression to enhance its on-road presence. The interior, too, has been enhanced, and the new design elements and technologies incorporated into the Stinger reconfirm its credentials as the consummate grand tourer.”
Kia hasn’t mentioned about launching the car in India but we really hope they do. Fingers crossed.