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2021 Kia Stinger Powertrain & Safety details revealed

Written by Nizam Shaikh

Kia Motor Corporation has revealed the new 2021 Kia Stinger in full detail. The brand had revealed the exterior and interior details of the 2021 updated Kia Stinger but the details on the high-performance fastback sports sedan were not revealed. Now along with the powertrain details the brand has also revealed details on the safety equipment that the new Kia Stinger will come with. 

The 2021 Kia Stinger sports sedan comes with three powertrain options – a new 2.5-litre ‘SmartStream’ turbo-petrol engine and two existing engines that have been upgraded to match current standards. The Kia Stinger for the North American market will be powered by a new ‘Smartstream’ series 2.5-litre T-GDi (turbocharged gasoline direct injection) four-cylinder Petrol engine that produces 304 Ps of power and 422 Nm of torque. 

The other motor is also the most powerful engine in the Stinger line-up, a ‘Lambda’ series 3.3-litre T-GDi twin-turbocharged petrol V6 equipped with a new Electronic Variable Exhaust Valve system, a small butterfly valve in the exhaust which opens and closes, producing a more prominent, deeper exhaust note in Sport driving modes, or a quieter, more subdued exhaust note in Eco or Comfort mode. The engine produces 373 PS of power and 510 Nm of torque. 

The 2021 Kia Stinger also retains the ‘Theta’ series 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder motor that produces 255 PS of power and 353 Nm of torque. This engine is available on the Kia Stinger since the car’s launch in 2017 and remains unchanged. All three engines are matched to a smooth-shifting eight-speed automatic transmission, matching its Gran Tourismo personality. 

In addition to the powertrain details, Kia has also revealed that the 2021 Stinger comes with the same Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) but gets added features and updates for the protection of its driver, passenger and other road users. Depending on the market, the Kia Stinger comes with a Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) that can detect vehicles, pedestrian or cyclist even when turning across the road, Lane Keeping Assist (LKA) that can now detect the edge of a road, as well as the lines in the road, providing steering assistance to prevent the driver from leaving their lane without signalling, Blind-Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist (BCA), an enhancement over the existing Blind-Spot Collision Warning (BCW). The system not only warns the driver but also applies the brake to avoid a collision. 

For Europe, the Kia Stinger also gets Intelligent Speed Limit Assist (ISLA) with traffic sign recognition, Driver Attention Warning (DAW) up to 210 kmph, Navigation-based Smart Cruise Control (NSCC), Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist (RCCA). 

The 2021 Kia Stinger also comes with features such as Safe Exit Warning (SEW), Blind-Spot View Monitor (BVM), Lane Following Assist (LFA), Highway Driving Assist (HDA), Rear Occupant Alert (ROA). 

The new Kia Stinger will go on-sale in Korea during the third quarter of 2020, with sales due to commence in many of Kia’s global markets later in the year.