Kia Motors has finally disclosed its brand new European specification for the very first time today, along with dynamic upgrades referring to mainly its refreshed design to amplify its grand turismo character and a range of technology and security.
The Chief Operating Officer of the Kia Motors Europe, Michael Cole happily exclaimed about The Stinger which is a fine standard-bearer for KIA brand based in Europe and pointed out the car to be its most driver-focused car, capable of covering great distances in total comfort and style. He also mentioned that, “The upgraded model builds on the Stinger’s well-established grand touring ethos, with a renewed sense of design flair, new technologies, and greater usability enhancing its appeal for buyers in Europe.”
When Kia unveiled the Stinger for the European market in early 2017, the attractive grand tourer was presented with a choice of three engines. The base model had a four-cylinder 2.0-liter gasoline mill producing 251 horsepower and 353 Newton-meters (260 pound-feet) of torque. There’s was also a thrifty 2.2-liter turbo diesel rated at 197 Hp and 440 Nm (325 lb-ft), an engine which at that time Kia projected it would become the most popular of the trio. Around 10,000 units of this model were sold around the continent and the future sales of the modified Kia Stinger will most probably begin from the final quarter of 2020 or in the early 2021 in Europe. UK specification, on-sale date and pricing will be announced eventually with time. All models are offered as standard with Kia’s 7-Year, 100,000-mile warranty.
Now, the main story of the refreshed exterior design and interior build involving tech has been upgraded from the previous model which is ought to be an improved cabin appearance and quality and provides the owner with several choices of colors and materials at the very same time. The modified cabin in particular will definitely will prove the model’s credentials to be supreme.
The 2021 Stinger in Euro flavor gets the same array of styling adjustments as the global model. Kia is introducing a fresh set of 19-inch wheels, a new Ascot Green paint, and is bumping the size of the touchscreen to 10.25 inches complemented by a 7-inch digital display in the instrument cluster. To make the GT more appealing, the rearview mirror is now frameless and there’s contrast stitching on the door cards and dashboard, along with aluminum trim for the center console. At the front, the Stinger’s ‘tiger-nose’ grille sits between LED headlamps. At the rear, a new rear combination lamp spans the width of the car, creating a distinctive new light signature which mimics the shape of the subtle spoiler integrated into the trunk lid. New turn signals, each comprised of 10 individual LED units, are arranged in a grid pattern, a motorsport-galvanizing design which reflects the appearance of a chequered flag.
All these upgrades does not affect the architecture of the cabin, but some subtle visual and material enhancements creates a more luxurious space for the driver. The changes in the cabin includes the metallic finish to sections of the steering wheel and a chrome bezel around the instrument cluster. The rear-view mirror is now frameless, creating a modern look and enhancing rear visibility.
The Euro-spec Stinger has an upgraded array of what Kia refers to as Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS). There’s now a blind spot system that shows up in the digital instrument cluster as seen on other recent Kia models sold globally. Additional systems introduced with the revised model include Safe Exit Warning, Lane Following Assist, Rear Occupant Alert, and Highway Driving Assist.
In addition to the new infotainment digital systems up gradation, the model includes a high-resolution 7.0-inch digital display within the instrument cluster. The upgraded Stinger also features a ‘connected car’ Remote Engine Start system, which allows owners to start their car remotely using the Stinger’s smart key.
By following upon the market and vehicle specification, the ADAS range in the Stinger is extensive in nature with various existing updates like,
- Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) now offers protection when turning across the road into a junction by sensing oncoming traffic on the other side of the road. Furthermore, it offers increased activation range when detecting a vehicle, pedestrian or cyclist.
- Blind-Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist (BCA) provides a great modification over the existing Blind-Spot Collision Warning (BCW). Instead of simply warning drivers of cars in adjacent lanes on the highway, BCA helps drivers avoid a potential collision by applying differential braking by itself.
- Lane Keeping Assist (LKA) is now able to detect the edge of a road, as well as the lines in the road, providing steering assistance to prevent the driver leaving their lane without deliberate manual signals.
- Driver Attention Warning (DAW) now has an increased operating speed of up to 210 Kmph, and also alerts drivers if they fail to notice the car in front move off from a stop.
- Navigation-based Smart Cruise Control (NSCC) helps drive around curved sections of a highway, automatically reducing the vehicle’s speed to an appropriate level before entering the curve. It reverts to the original speed as the vehicle leaves the curve.
- Safe Exit Warning (SEW) detects vehicles coming up from behind on either side of the Stinger when parked and stopped, alerting occupants with a sound and visual warning if they attempt to open the door into oncoming traffic.
- Kia’s cutting-edge Blind-Spot View Monitor (BVM) technology acts as a ‘second pair of eyes’ for drivers by eliminating a driver’s left- and right-side blind spots.
- Lane Following Assist (LFA) helps the vehicle stay in the center of its lane every time.
- Highway Driving Assist (HDA) helps maintain a set distance from the vehicle in front on the highway, and keep the car in the center of its lane, even on a curved road
- Rear Occupant Alert (ROA) provides a warning to the driver if they leave behind any pets or children when they exit the car.
The all new Stinger will create another mark for the Kia Motors Europe all over again as the modifications and the brand new tech enhancements have made it better comparatively to the previous model which came out in 2017.
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