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Updated Kia Stinger coming to New Zealand next year

Kia is preparing to unleash an updated version of its flagship sports car early next year.

The 2021 Stinger has received a raft of improvements that improve cabin quality, external looks and comfort as well as its levels of on-board tech and safety features.

Visual changes on the outside aren’t massive, encompassing new multifaceted reflector LED headlamps and LED daytime running lights for the SX model, a new design for the rear light with a full-width LED bar and new 18- and 19-inch alloys.

Inside is a new-look dash, no offering a "more luxurious ambience”. The lower section of the D-shaped steering wheel features a metallic finish, matching the chrome bezel that surrounds the new 7.0-inch fully-digital instrument cluster. The rear-view mirror is now frameless as well.

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The dashboard and doors are finished with new contrast stitching while the centre console is available with aluminium or carbon fibre-style trim, depending on the model. Also new is the 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment and navigation system, which is more tactile and easier to use.

In the V6 Stinger, the cabin features a new mood lighting system, allowing drivers to select one of 64 colours to subtly alter the ambience of the interior for the five occupants. The upholstery finish is more luxurious, with a new soft Nappa leather style featuring on the V6 GT Sport.

Safety additions include the “Safe Exit Warning”, which helps prevent the doors being opened into oncoming cyclists or traffic, an improved active cruise control/lane-keep assist combination, a rear seat occupant reminder and a blind-spot view monitor similar to that on the new Sorento SUV which projects a video feed from both wing mirrors onto the digital dash.

As for performance, the Stinger continues with the 182kW/353Nm 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder for the SX model and the 274kW/510Nm 3.3-litre twin-turbocharged V6 in the range-topping GT Sport, both mated to eight-speed torque-converter automatic transmissions driving the rear wheels.

Customer feedback has resulted in the V6 getting a bi-modal exhaust system for more noise and a power bump of 2kW. Kia isn’t offering performance figures but the new GT Sport should run to 100kmh a smidge faster than the outgoing model.

Pricing is yet to be confirmed but the new Stinger line-up should be here early in 2021.