Kia’s Stinger is still daisy-fresh in dealerships, however the company is currently introducing special-edition models to keep interest up in the model. For 2018, Kia took a substantial step into the premium sedan market with its Stinger. For 2019, the car, for the most part, be a carryover model, conserve for a new limited-production variation.
2019 Kia Stinger Design
Looks-wise, we anticipate the Stinger lineup will be virtually similar to the current model. Provided this is simply the Stinger’s second model year, this absence of change should not come as a surprise. With us anticipating very little change, we likewise expect no changes to the Stinger’s list of standard features. We expect it to consist of 18-inch wheels, automated headlights, LED daytime running lights, front and rear parking sensing units, keyless entry and ignition, dual-zone environment control, leather upholstery, a 7-inch touchscreen, a six-speaker audio system, and more.
There is one big change for 2019. We’re speaking about the 500-unit Stinger Atlantica. Inside, Atlantica consumers will find a special Espresso Brown Nappa leather cockpit, in addition to a black faux-suede headliner. Just 500 Stinger Atlanticas will be offered in the United States, and the name “commemorates the cross-Atlantic cooperation in between the US and the vehicle’s Germany-based advancement roots.”
Kia will base this model on the range-topping GT2 AWD model and pack it with lots of exclusive features, consisting of a Deep Chroma Blue paint job, 19-inch wheels obtained from the European model, and a large “Stinger” trunk badge motivated by the Korean-spec model.
Other range-topping features will consist of Espresso Brown Nappa leather, suede-like headliner, surround-view camera, wireless phone charger, heated rear outboard seats, and “Stinger Atlantica” badges on the center console and both fenders.
2019 Kia Stinger Engine
Under its hood, we expect no changes for the 2019 Stinger. We anticipate its base engine to remain a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 255 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. We also anticipate the optional 3.3-liter V6 to stay the same at 365 hp and 376 lb-ft of torque. Both engines will continue with an eight-speed automatic transmission and optional all-wheel drive.
2019 Kia Stinger Safety
The IIHS has yet to test the 2018 Stinger for safety, but with optional automated emergency situation braking, it qualifies for a Top Safety Pick score. That is, of course, if it can hold up structurally. Stay tuned for updates on this.
2019 Kia Stinger Pricing & Release Date
The 2019 Kia Stinger Atlantica and the whole 2019 Stinger lineup will strike display rooms this summertime. Pricing isn’t really offered yet, but we do not expect the basic Stinger lineup’s prices to differ much from the 2018 model, which ranges from $32,800 to $52,300 (location charges included). When it comes to the 500-unit Stinger Atlantica, it will likely go beyond the $53,300 price tag on the GT2 AWD model it’s based upon. Competitors will consist of the BMW 5-Series, Mercedes-Benz E-Class, and the Audi A5.