Kia Stinger has been refreshed and revised with new and enhanced safety and convenience features. The 10.25-inch touchscreen with inbuilt navigation and smartphone connectivity. The dash-mounted screen allows users to control and monitor a range of vehicle functions simultaneously.

Stinger now features Bluetooth Multi-Connection allowing multiple smart phones to be paired at the same time for greater convenience and functionality, such as using one phone for communications and another for streaming music.

For the 200S and 330S models the 3.5-inch mono-TFT cluster will be replaced by an advanced 4.2-inch colour-TFT cluster with improved visual clarity and a wider range of information displayed.

New alloy wheel designs have thinner spokes on the 19-inch GT-Line and GT models. This makes the high performance Brembo brakes more visible. These are standard on the V6 range.

Already featuring Autonomous Emergency Braking across the range, the improved AEB will now add Cyclist Detection and Junction Assist to its already existing car and pedestrian capabilities.

Junction Assist uses the front camera and radar to apply the brakes if danger is detected while turning across oncoming traffic.

Improved Lane Keeping Assistance features Road Edge Detection will look after careless drives when the Stinger is detected wandering from its lane or towards the road edge.

Stinger GT-Line and GT models have Rear Cross Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist which monitors and, if necessary, brakes to avoid traffic from either side of the vehicle when reversing.

The top-grade models have Blind Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist which uses the Blind Spot Detection and Electronic Stability Control to prevent collisions with cars in the adjacent lanes. The Blind Spot View Monitor is linked to the turn signal operation and displays a camera view of the blind spots in the 7-inch supervision cluster.

Stinger GT and GT-Line models now have the Safe Exit Warning (SEW) feature which alerts passengers with a sound and visual warning if there is an attempt to open the doors with traffic approaching from the rear.

The Stinger engines remain largely unchanged. The Lambda 3.3-litre twin-turbo V6 retains its awesome 510Nm of torque across a huge rev range but the inclusion of a factory-developed Bi-model exhaust system has found an additional 2kW of power, lifting the output to 274kW. The turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder Theta II engine remains unchanged with 182kW and 353Nm.

Stinger is available in nine colours: Hichroma Red, Neon Orange, Deep Chroma Blue, Micro Blue, Snow White Pearl, Panthera Metal, Silky Silver, Panthera Metal and Ceramic Grey. An additional colour, Aurora Black Pearl is available only for GT and GT-Line models.

The interior seat materials are Black Sports Premium Trim for 200S and 330S models; leather appointed black or red for GT-Line and the new Nappa Leather appointed in black or red for GT models.

Since launching the Stinger into an uncertain market the results have been consistently pleasing,? Kia Motors Australia Chief Operating Officer Damien Meredith said. ?Australians have always loved and desired a performance edge to their family transport, and in the Stinger they have the joy of driving enthusiastically and the confidence of safe family touring. With the inclusion of new technology and upgrading of existing safety and convenience features, buyers looking for that rare combination of enjoyment and practicality have even more reason to consider a Stinger.

About Ewan Kennedy

Ewan Kennedy, a long-time car enthusiast, was Technical Research Librarian with the NRMA from 1970 until 1985. He worked part-time as a freelance motoring journalist from 1977 until 1985, when he took a full-time position as Technical Editor with Modern Motor magazine. Late in 1987 he left to set up a full-time business as a freelance motoring journalist. Ewan is an associate member of the Society of Automotive Engineers - International. An economy driving expert, he set the Guinness World Record for the greatest distance travelled in a standard road vehicle on a single fuel fill. He lists his hobbies as stage acting, travelling, boating and reading.
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