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News The 2022 Kia Stinger Is Enhanced Where It Counts

The 2022 Kia Stinger Is Enhanced Where It Counts

Base models of the Kia Stinger are gone, replaced by a new GT Elite for 2022

  • Only two trims in Canada, starting with the $50,495 GT Limited.

  • The new $52,995 GT Elite is now the flagship model.

  • Changes are mostly physical and well-judged.

The Kia Stinger has been a favorite of the automotive media since its launch for the 2018 model year. Since then, Kia has tempted the Canadian market with a 4-cylinder version to entice potential buyers but it was quickly removed. The fact of the matter is that the Kia Stinger is a rare car that punches way above its weight class and despite its skills, it can’t land a solid hit.

Should You Buy a 2021 Kia Stinger GT?

For the 2022 model year, Kia has wisely focused on its most appealing version, the GT Limited, and upped the ante with a GT Elite. Both iterations gain a number of visual enhancements starting with new 19-inch multi-spoke wheels. Out back, the rear taillights are now of the combination type and sit above a new rear diffuser. Blended within the latter are new larger tailpipes that produce a throatier sound. A new Ascot Green shade joins the colour palette.

Onboard, the 2022 Kia Stinger earns au upgraded cluster housing with high-gloss black and chrome ring finishes, a frameless rear-view mirror, a 10.25-inch central touchscreen, and few other touches. The new GT Elite trim can be specified with the optional suede package that includes suede seat inserts, headliner material, pillar material, dash, door panels, and sun visors.

2022 Kia Stinger | Photo: Kia

As always, the twin-turbocharged 3.3-litre V6 engine finds its way under the bonnet and now produces 368 horsepower (up 3). Its power is sent to the standard 2nd generation AWD system that can be fitted with an optional mechanical rear limited-slip differential.

For 2022, the Stinger will also include the complete battery of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems such as Advanced Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist with Junction Turning, Navigation-Based Advanced Smart Cruise Control, Lane Following Assist, and more.

The 2022 Kia Stinger arrives in Canadian showrooms this spring. The GT Limited is priced at $50,495 while the new GT Elite will go for $52,995.

2022 Kia Stinger | Photo: Kia

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Matt St-Pierre
Trained as an Automotive Technician, Matt has two decades of automotive journalism under his belt. He’s done TV, radio, print and this thing called the internet. He’s an avid collector of many 4-wheeled things, all of them under 1,500 kg, holds a recently expired racing license and is a father of two. Life is beautiful. Send Matt an emai


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