Kia’s Stinger is still daisy-fresh in dealers, however the company is already ushering in special-edition models to keep interest up in the model. For 2018, Kia took a big enter the premium sedan market with its Stinger. For 2019, the car, for the many part, be a carryover model, save for a new limited-production variation.
2019 Kia Stinger Design
Looks-wise, we anticipate the Stinger lineup will be essentially identical to the current model. Provided this is simply the Stinger’s second model year, this lack of change shouldn’t come as a surprise. With us expecting very little change, we likewise anticipate no changes to the Stinger’s list of basic features. We expect it to include 18-inch wheels, automatic headlights, LED daytime running lights, front and rear parking sensors, 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 discussing the 500-unit Stinger Atlantica. Inside, Atlantica consumers will find a special Espresso Brown Nappa leather cockpit, along with a black faux-suede headliner. Simply 500 Stinger Atlanticas will be sold in the United States, and the name “commemorates the cross-Atlantic partnership between the US and the vehicle’s Germany-based development roots.”
Kia will base this model on the range-topping GT2 AWD model and pack it with tons of special features, including a Deep Chroma Blue paint task, 19-inch wheels borrowed from the European model, and a big “Stinger” trunk badge motivated by the Korean-spec model.
Other range-topping features will include Espresso Brown Nappa leather, suede-like headliner, surround-view video camera, wireless phone battery charger, heated rear outboard seats, and “Stinger Atlantica” badges on the center console and both fenders.
2019 Kia Stinger Engine
Under its hood, we anticipate no changes for the 2019 Stinger. We expect its base engine to stay a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 255 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. We likewise 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 braking, it gets approved for a Top Safety Pick rating. That is, naturally, 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 showrooms this summer season. Rates isn’t really available yet, but we don’t expect the standard Stinger lineup’s rates to vary much from the 2018 model, which varies from $32,800 to $52,300 (location costs consisted of). As for the 500-unit Stinger Atlantica, it will likely surpass the $53,300 price on the GT2 AWD model it’s based on. Competitors will consist of the BMW 5-Series, Mercedes-Benz E-Class, and the Audi A5.