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2021 Kia Stinger pricing and specs detailed: Rear-wheel-drive sports sedan extends safety and tech reach with facelift

Kia Australia has released full specification details for the facelifted Stinger, with the upgraded rear-wheel-drive sports sedan now on sale with better safety and technology than its predecessor.

As reported late last week, the Stinger is still available in four variants, with the entry-level 200S now $2160 more expensive, at $49,550 plus on-road costs, while the next-up 330S has risen the most, up $2940 to $53,330.

Meanwhile, the GT-Line has jumped the least, increasing by $740 to $57,230, while the flagship GT is now $2270 dearer, at $63,260.

Standard equipment in the 200S and 330S includes LED headlights, daytime running lights and tail-lights (new), 18-inch alloy wheels, a 10.25-inch touchscreen multimedia system (new), satellite navigation, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support, dual Bluetooth connectivity (new), a 4.2-inch multifunction display (new) and black artificial leather upholstery.

Advanced driver-assist systems extend to autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian and cyclist detection (new), intersection assist (new), lane-keep assist, steering assist (new), adaptive cruise control, driver attention alert, a reversing camera and rear parking sensors.

The GT-Line and GT add adaptive LED headlights, 19-inch alloy wheels (new), a power-operated tailgate, a 7.0-inch MFD, black or red leather-appointed (GT-Line) or Nappa leather (GT) upholstery, ambient lighting, active blind-spot monitoring with live feeds (new), active rear cross-traffic alert (new), safe exit warning (new), surround-view cameras and front parking sensors.

Of note, the 330S and GT also get Brembo brakes (350mm front and 340mm rear discs with four- and two-piston callipers respectively) and larger-diameter quad exhaust tailpipes (new).

Nine paintwork options (Hichroma Red, Neon Orange, Deep Chroma Blue, Micro Blue, Snow White Pearl, Panthera Metal, Silky Silver, Panthera Metal and Ceramic Grey) are available across the range, while Aurora Black Pearl, a $695 option, is exclusive to the GT-Line and GT.

For reference, the 200S and GT-Line are still powered by a 2.0-litre single-turbo four-cylinder petrol engine, which develops 182kW at 6200rpm and 353Nm from 1400-4000rpm.

While the 330S and GT remain motivated by a 3.3-litre twin-turbo V6 petrol engine, its peak power has increased by 2kW, to 274kW at 6000rpm, due to a new variable exhaust system, while its maximum torque remains at 510Nm from 1300-4500rpm.

Either way, both engine options are matched to an eight-speed torque-converter automatic transmission that drives the rear wheels.

Kia Australia chief operating officer Damien Meredith said: “Since launching the Stinger into an uncertain market, the results have been consistently pleasing.

“Australians have always loved and desired a performance edge to their family transport, and in the Stinger they have the joy of driving enthusiastically and the confidence of safe family touring.”