Kia’s Stinger is still daisy-fresh in dealers, but the company is already ushering in special-edition models to keep interest up in the model. For 2018, Kia took a big step into 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 version.
2019 Kia Stinger Design
Looks-wise, we expect the Stinger lineup will be virtually similar to the present model. Offered this is just the Stinger’s second model year, this absence of change shouldn’t come as a surprise. With us anticipating minimal change, we also expect no changes to the Stinger’s list of standard features. We anticipate it to consist of 18-inch wheels, automated 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 huge change for 2019. We’re discussing the 500-unit Stinger Atlantica. Inside, Atlantica consumers will discover a distinct 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 “celebrates the cross-Atlantic partnership in between the United States 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, including a Deep Chroma Blue paint task, 19-inch wheels borrowed from the European model, and a big “Stinger” trunk badge inspired by the Korean-spec model.
Other range-topping features will consist of Espresso Brown Nappa leather, suede-like headliner, surround-view electronic 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 anticipate its base engine to remain a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 255 horse power and 260 pound-feet of torque. We also expect the optional 3.3-liter V6 to remain the exact same at 365 hp and 376 lb-ft of torque. Both engines will continue with an eight-speed automated transmission and optional all-wheel drive.
2019 Kia Stinger Safety
The IIHS has yet to test the 2018 Stinger for safety, however with optional automatic emergency situation braking, it gets approved for a Top Safety Pick score. That is, obviously, 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 entire 2019 Stinger lineup will hit display rooms this summer. Pricing isn’t really readily available yet, but we don’t anticipate the standard Stinger lineup’s costs to vary much from the 2018 model, which ranges from $32,800 to $52,300 (destination costs consisted of). As for the 500-unit Stinger Atlantica, it will likely exceed the $53,300 cost 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.