Kia has today revealed the first photos of the updates they made to their performance 4-door rear-wheel drive fastback: the Stinger.

The model, which has been on sale since 2017 as the first generation of its kind from Kia, gets a long list of mild updates such new darker headlights for a more dramatic effect, new taillights with a different LED pattern, as well as a new rear bumper with a redesigned diffuser. The wheels are also new, featuring a rather unique and sophisticated design with its star/flower-like arrangement.

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“The Stinger projects an air of elegance and comfort, and also great purpose, for long-distance driving. The updated model builds on the svelte gran turismo design we introduced three years ago with modern flair and a subtle hint of aggression to enhance its on-road presence,” said Karim Habib, Senior Vice President and head of Kia Global Design.

The interior of the new 2021 Stinger also features many subtle revisions and upgrades. The steering wheel is new, and the dashboard and inner door panels will have new contrast stitching depending on the specification. Korea-spec models can have a dark brown interior color, while foreign markets can have Nappa leather in black (Saturn Black), red, or beige. Customers can also opt for carbon fiber or aluminum interior accents.

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The new and larger 10.25-inch touchscreen unit will be available in the Stinger; it's a similar one to the unit found on the Kia Seltos. The company says the Stinger will have a new mood lighting system with up to 64 different colors.

“The interior, too, has been enhanced, and the new design elements and technologies incorporated into the Stinger reconfirm its credentials as the consummate grand tourer,” continued Habib.

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There are two unusual details about Kia's announcement about the Stinger. The first is that they mentioned that there will be new powertrain options for the rear-wheel-drive fastback, as well as new technologies. Kia made no mention of the new specifications, but currently, the Stinger can be powered by a 2.0-liter turbo petrol, a 3.3-liter twin-turbo petrol, and a 2.2-liter CRDI turbodiesel. In the Philippines, we only have the Stinger GT with the 370 PS 3.3L V6 twin-turbo and the rear-wheel-drive 8-speed automatic. Other markets get the option for all-wheel drive.

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The other, and perhaps more important detail, is that the example of the Stinger that Kia revealed has no KIA badges on it. Now while that may seem odd, the reason is that the model being shown is a South Korea-spec unit. In their home market, the Stinger uses the “E” emblem, which is why you won't see the KIA badge on the nose, the tailgate, or on the steering wheel in this model. Export units will still likely have the KIA logo in those spots.

Hopefully, Kia maintains the larger and more prominent Stinger emblem in the middle of the tailgate where the KIA badge would normally be.

Kia says the new Stinger will go on sale in foreign markets later this year.