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2021 Kia Stinger gets unique engine for North America

2021 Kia Stinger gets unique engine for North America

I spoke about the 2021 Kia Stinger a week or two ago and we thought we knew most of what was in store. A recent release from Kia showed us that wasn’t quite true as they failed to mention they were adding a unique engine option just for those of us in North America.

The engine is a turbocharged 2.5-litre four cylinder engine that produces 300 hp and 311 lb-ft of torque. It will likely use the same transmission and setup as the other two engines.

This is a surprising introduction from Kia but not unwelcome. The two existing engine options offered a different experience depending on what you were looking for. This new motors seems to sit in the middle ground.

It’s unique to the US and Canada too.

2021 Kia Stinger

The 2021 Kia Stinger brings a subtle new look to what is already a great looking car. I have never heard anyone complain about the shape or the profile but these modest updates make a real difference.

New lighting at both ends, more LEDs and integrated turn signals at the rear with a chequered flag pattern look superb.

Inside, the interior has been updated with some new materials, new trim, new colour options, a new larger screen and ambient lighting. The rearview mirror has also been updated to a frameless design.

None of those updates are showstoppers on their own but combine to make the 2021 Kia Stinger even more of a car to covet.

Engines and drivetrain

The original two engines include a 2.0-litre turbocharged four cylinder that delivers 255 hp and 2650 lb-ft of torque or a twin turbo 3.3-litre V6 that delivers 365 hp and 376 lb-ft of torque. The addition of the 2.5-litre engine will mean less of a difference between the performance of the two existing engines.

Both current engines use an eight speed automatic transmission to drive the rear wheels. AWD is an option and comes with limited-slip rear differential and brake-based torque vectoring.

The design and the intent of the Stinger is still exactly the same. To provide a great value alternative to German sports sedans. It still delivers on that and with these new changes, remains a viable alternative from the crowd.

The 2021 Kia Stinger will be with us at some point in the near future. I’ll let you know a date when I can. Or register your interest at Georgetown Kia, 199 and 314 Guelph Street, Georgetown, Ontario.

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