In 2021 we will see an upgraded Kia Stinger. It will bring a few tweaks in the powertrain and design department and is expected to arrive in Australia in September. We were getting hopeful for rumors of the 3.5 litre v6 from Genesis, but it appears that the motor will stay the same. A shame as the Genesis unit which will be lifted from the G80 packed a tougher 280kw papckage. That said, the revised Kia is expected feature tweaks to its bi-modal exhaust which should free up a few extra kilo-watts.
There are also no confirmed reports that the 2.0 litre engine will be replaced or upsized. Which is fair enough given that upwards of some 95% of buyers have opted for the larger engine locally – and irghtly so in my opinion.
Sales of the stinger have been steady – if not groundbreaking; Kia not quite apprehending the lower-cost-higher-performing-rear-wheel-drive-sedan market segment previously held with tight fists by the Ford Falcon and Holden Commodore. Kia blame the lack of uptake on Aussies being out of love with RWD and a preference of form over function in making choices for a new car purchase; and with roads getting ever-more congested, they may have a point given that the big manufacturers are somewhat neglecting the segment, seemingly leaning towards 4×4 crossovers and the like.
Time will tell on how the Stinger’s story will unfold.