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2021 Kia Stinger pricing and specs detailed: Facelift for spiritual successor to VF Holden Commodore arrives with more power

Kia Australia has confirmed more-upmarket pricing for the rear-wheel-drive Stinger’s midlife facelift, with the updated large sports sedan now entering showrooms.

Just like its predecessor, the facelifted Stinger is available in four variants, with the entry-level 200S now $2160 dearer, at $49,550 plus on-road costs, while the next-up 330S has jumped the most, up $2940 to $53,330.

Conversely, the GT-Line has risen the least, increasing by $740 to $57,230, while the flagship GT is now $2270 more expensive, at $63,260.

As before, the 200S and GT-Line are motivated by a 2.0-litre single-turbo four-cylinder petrol engine, which produces 182kW at 6200rpm and 353Nm from 1400-400rpm. It accounted for just two per cent of the pre-facelift Stinger’s local sales.

The 330S and GT continue to be powered by a 3.3-litre twin-turbo V6 petrol engine, although its peak power has increased by 2kW, to 274kW at 6000rpm, thanks to a new variable exhaust system, while its maximum torque remains at 510Nm from 1300-4500rpm.

Both engines are mated to an eight-speed torque-converter automatic transmission, which drives the rear wheels, making the Stinger a spiritual successor to the homegrown VF Holden Commodore (the former went on sale a month before the latter ended production).

As for the rest of the Stinger’s facelift, the LED headlights and daytime running lights have been tweaked, and fresh sets of alloy wheels have been fitted.

At the rear, the tail-lights have not only been redesigned, but they are also now linked by a light bar that spans the width of the hatch, while the diffuser element below has been redesigned.

Critically, the Stinger’s suite of advanced driver-assist systems has been expanded, with its autonomous emergency braking (AEB) system not only adding intersection assist, but now working at more speeds.

The blind-spot monitoring set-up now prevents potential collisions by applying differential braking, with the same true of the rear cross-traffic alert system, while the adaptive cruise control set-up now uses map data to automatically slow down when approaching corners.

New active safety features include steering assist, rear occupant alert and safe exit warning as well as a live feed of the Stinger’s blind spots in the 7.0-inch multifunction display (MFD).

A colour 4.2-inch MFD is otherwise fitted, replacing the previous monochrome 3.5-inch item, while a new 10.25-inch touchscreen multimedia system is also now available.

Full specifications details for the facelifted Stinger are expected to be announced by Kia Australia early next week, so stay tuned.

2021 Kia Stinger pricing before on-road costs