The updated Kia Stinger gains power and equipment increases, but has also received a price rise.
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  • 2021 Kia Stinger revisions across the range
  • Prices are up, now from $53,090 drive-away
  • Larger 10.25-inch infotainment screen as standard
  • New exhaust for the V6, extra 2kW

The 2021 Kia Stinger has gained more power, subtle styling changes and extra equipment for next year – but its has also received a price rise.

Unveiled in August, the mid-life facelift for the Kia's flagship performance sedan adds a raft of new interior and safety technologies, sleeker exterior styling, and a lightly-revised engine line-up.

Prices have gone up – by up to $2900 – across the four-strong Stinger range.

Key changes are listed below, however a full specification sheet will follow in the coming days.

Above: Kia Stinger 200S, finished in Ceramic Grey.

Opening the local line-up is the Kia Stinger 200S – powered by a turbo 2.0-litre four-cylinder – priced from $53,090 drive-away, up $2100 (or $49,550 before on-road costs).

Standard equipment includes reflector-type LED 'combination' headlights, full-width LED tail-lights, 18-inch alloy wheels, black seat trim, and a 10.25-inch infotainment touchscreen (up from 7.0-inches on base cars) with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, satellite navigation, multi-connection Bluetooth and DAB+ digital radio.

There's also a larger 4.2-inch driver information display, frameless rear view mirror, keyless entry, push-button start, remote engine start from the key fob, cloth headlining, body colours door handles and mirrors.

Above: Kia Stinger 200S interior

The list of standard active safety features is equally vast, consisting of autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian and cyclist detection, and support for intersections, plus lane-keep assist, lane-following assist, and rear occupant alert, notifying front passengers upon exiting the vehicle of pets or passengers left in the rear seats.

Powering the entry-level Stinger is a carry-over 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine, developing 182kW of power and 353Nm of torque. It's sent to the rear wheels through an eight-speed torque-converter automatic transmission.

Topping the turbo four-cylinder range is the Stinger GT-Line, priced from $60,690 drive-away, up $700 (or $57,230 plus on-road costs).

Above: Kia Stinger GT-Line

It adds larger 19-inch alloy wheels, power tailgate, red or black leather upholstery, adaptive LED headlights (with cornering functionality), 64-colour ambient LED cabin lighting, a 7.0-inch instrument display, suede headlining and a limited-slip rear differential.

It also adds a raft of additional safety technologies, consisting of blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert – capable of both detecting and braking for hazards – plus the Blind-Spot View Monitor (projecting a camera feed from the mirrors into the instrument cluster), and Safe Exit Warning, preventing the rear doors being opened into oncoming cars or cyclists.

Retaining its status as the entry-level V6-powered model is the Kia Stinger 330S, priced from $56,890 drive-away, up $2900, the biggest price increase of the range (or $53,330 plus on-road costs).

Above: Kia Stinger GT-Line interior

Under the bonnet is Kia's familiar 3.3-litre twin-turbocharged V6, though the addition of a new, standard-fit variable sports exhaust – replacing the outgoing, Australian-developed bi-modal unit – sees power climb to 274kW (up 2kW, from 272kW). Torque remains pegged at 510Nm.

Drive is again sent to the rear wheels through an eight-speed torque-converter automatic.

The 330S all-but-matches the 200S on equipment, retaining its standard features and adding larger quad rear exhaust tips (housed within a redesigned rear diffuser), a limited-slip differential and the aforementioned variable sports exhaust.

Above: Kia Stinger 200S, riding on its 18-inch wheels.

Topping the range is the GT, priced from $66,690 drive-away, up $2200 (or $63,260 before on-road costs).

Equipment additions over the Stinger GT-Line – twin-turbo V6 powertrain aside – include the quad exhaust tips and sports exhaust from the 330S, plus restyled Nappa leather trim available in black or red.

Nine colours will be available across the range: Hichroma Red, Neon Orange, Deep Chroma Blue, Micro Blue, Snow White Pearl, Panthera Metal, Silky Silver, Panthera Metal and Ceramic Grey, with a further Aurora Black Pearl available only on GT and GT-Line variants. All 'Pearl' colours command a $695 premium.

Above and bottom: The flagship Kia Stinger GT

The Kia Stinger's mid-life facelift could mark the last time the Korean brand's performance five-door receives a major update as, despite its relative popularity in Australia, overseas reports suggest it won't receive a successor, with the current model to be phased out within the next few years.

The 2021 Kia Stinger is on sale now.

2021 Kia Stinger Australia pricing

  • Stinger 200S – $53,090 drive-away
  • Stinger GT-Line – $60,690 drive-away
  • Stinger 330S – $56,890 drive-away
  • Stinger GT – $66,690 drive-away