Kia’s sporty fastback has been given a nip and tuck ahead of its arrival later this year.

    The facelifted 2021 Stinger has been officially revealed in a handful of images, promising a “higher quality interior” with new personalisation options and enhanced infotainment technologies.

    Up front there’s new LED headlights with LED daytime running lights. According to Kia, the new lights appear darker and sleeker than before when off and have a “more high-tech signature” when activated.

    Out back, the tail lights have been rejigged, with new rear indicators comprising of 10 individual LED units arranged in a grid pattern, with the clusters joined though the centre by a full-width LED tail light signature.

    Lower down there’s the option of larger “wide-bore” exhaust mufflers incorporated into a “more purposeful” diffuser to give a more athletic stance at the rear.

    There’s also two new alloy wheel designs – measuring 18- and 19 inches – and a new exterior colour in select markets.

    Buyers will also have the choice of two new exterior packages for the first time – though availability depends on region.

    First is a ‘Dark Package’ which will be available “for high-performance variants in many markets worldwide”. This adds gloss black accents to the diffuser surrounds and exhaust tips, as well as the Stinger emblem on the tailgatte.

    In North America there’s a ‘Black Package’ which adds new 19-inch matte black alloys, a rear wing for the trunk lid, blacked-out mirror caps and side fender trim.

    Changes have been made inside too, with Kia promising higher quality materials for a more luxurious ambience.

    The lower section of the steering wheel is finished in a new metallic trim, matching the chrome bezel that surrounds the 7.0-inch driver’s supervision display.

    Certain models get contrast stitching on the dashboard and doors, while the centre console continues to offer aluminium or carbon-fibre-look trim.

    Atop the dashboard is a new 10.25-inch touchscreen navigation system, featuring a new gloss-black accent. There’s also a new 64-colour ambient lighting system.

    New colour and material options include the Dark Brown diamond-quilted nappa leather you see here – though it’s just for Korea at this stage – along with revised black, red and beige options for global markets.

    There’s also a ‘Saturn Black’ suede option (pending market availability) with contrast red stitching in a chain-like pattern designed to mimic the links in a watch strap.

    Further details will be announced “soon”, but the Stinger will use carryover powertrains for the Australian market, which includes a 182kW/353Nm 2.0-litre turbo four and a 272kW/510Nm 3.3-litre twin-turbo V6.

    Sales in Korea will commence in the third quarter. Stay tuned to CarExpert for more Australian information in the lead-up to the Stinger’s local launch before the end of 2020.

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    James Wong

    James Wong is the Production Editor at CarExpert based in Melbourne, Australia. With experience on both media and manufacturer sides of the industry, James has a specialty for product knowledge which stems from a life-long obsession with cars. James is a Monash University journalism graduate, an avid tennis player, and the proud charity ambassador for Drive Against Depression – an organisation that supports mental wellness through the freedom of driving and the love of cars. He's also the proud father of Freddy, a 2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI .

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