Korean liftback gets running model year changes including a new exterior paint option and a heated steering wheel for higher grades. There's no more mid-spec Si variants, either.
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The mildly-updated MY20 Kia Stinger line-up has arrived in Australia, with a streamlined model range and the availability of a bright new Sunset Orange exterior finish.

For the new model year, the mid-spec 200Si and 330Si variants have been dropped, leaving the entry-level S and flagship GT-Line and GT grades.

Kia Australia has confirmed with CarAdvice the only other specification changes for MY20 are a heated steering wheel for GT and GT-Line models, and an "additional layer of NVH insulation in the roof lining".

Pricing remains largely unchanged, too, though the 330S and GT V6 models go up by $200 and $300, taking the starting price to $50,190 before on-road costs and $60,790 before on-road costs respectively.

As before, the range kicks off with the 220S turbo four-cylinder, priced from $47,190 plus on-road costs.

Standard equipment from the base model includes autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning. lane keep assist, driver attention alert, 18-inch alloy wheels, a 7.0-inch touchscreen navigation system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, digital radio, launch control, and an eight-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters.

Opting for the V6-powered 330S brings beefier Brembo brakes and a mechanical limited-slip differential on the rear axle.

Additional specification in GT-Line ($56,290) and GT models includes adaptive dampers, a 360-degree camera, 19-inch wheels, a larger 8.0-inch touchscreen navigation display, blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert, heated and ventilated front seats, a colour head-up display, suede headliner, power sunroof, Qi wireless phone charger, and a 15-speaker harman/kardon premium sound system.

Exclusive to the GT are nappa leather sports seats, Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tyres, along with special GT menus for the infotainment and driver's multifunction displays.

For the month of June, Kia registered 200 Stingers in Australia, a 6.4 per cent increase on the same month in 2018.

Year-to-date, the Korean rear-drive liftback has seen 970 sales, a 10.5 per cent slide on the same period last year (to June 30).

The mainstream large car class the Stinger competes in is seeing greater declines, though. There are currently just three active players in the segment, and is down 33 per cent YTD as a whole.

Leading the segment is the German-sourced Holden Commodore, which was down 52.5 per cent (550 units) for the month of June and is down 39.6 per cent YTD (3251 units), while the third-placed Skoda Superb was up 31.3 per cent (126 units) for June and is 10.3 per cent up YTD (524 units).