KIA has made a couple of minor nip-and-tucks for the 2020 model year.

Luckily for us, they haven’t stuffed around with it too much.

In fact they’re so subtle as to be almost undetectable, and for a change that is a good thing. Inside, the seats hug you when you switch to SPORT mode. The Infotainment screen lost the plain-jane bezel, and some smart ambient lighting was added to the trim. A line along the dash has LED lighting deep within, and it allows you to choose the colour.

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Carbon edition

For Stinger, the Carbon Edition _ based off the 3.3-litre bi-turbo GT _ brings a deck of exclusive carbon fibre exterior trims to set the Special Edition model apart from its siblings.

With carbon fibre door mirrors, grille surround, fender vents, rear skid plate and hood vent the Carbon Edition is easily identifiable as something special.

For the interior there is a special Carbon Edition badge ahead of the gear lever and a sporty

At $67,990 (drive away) the Carbon Edition is available in the new Neon Orange, Micro Blue, Hichroma Red, Snow White Pearl and Aurora Black.

All models have Kia’s 7-Year Warranty, 7-Year Capped Price Service and 7-Year Roadside Assist. That is something other manufacturers are now adopting. KIA was first, and has not wavered from that promise since.

Price Promises By KIA?

Apart from the odd model runout, KIA has stayed true to a couple of Damien Meredith’s canny moves: Have a price and stick to it, and make the price right at the time of launch.

That isn’t easy to do when the Aussie dollar is falling like a lead balloon. Product managers twist the arms of the blokes in Korea, and because Korea values Australians buyers, a good deal benefits everyone, including the buyers.

Drive-away pricing gives buyers the assurance that their car will retain resale value, and that they won’t be jipped if they buy now, rather than next month.

Interesting Stinger Facts:

  • Stinger sales: .131 last month 1,532 YTD.
  • Stinger GT $63,990 driver away
  • Stinger Carbon $67,990 drive away
  • Engine: Bi-turbo V6: 3.3L, 24 Valve, Direct injection, 272kw/510Nm
  • Econ: 10.2 L/100k (7.5hwy) REGULAR UNLEADED, CO2 239g/k
  • 0-100: 4.9sec
  • Transmission: 8 speed auto

Other Specifications:

  • Launch Control: Y
  • Mechanical LSD
  • Gnd clearance 130mm
  • Wheelbase 2,905
  • Height 1,400mm
  • Length: 4,830
  • Weight: 1,780
  • Towing: 1,500kg (75kg downward towball weight)
  • Luggage: 406L (seats down 1,114)
  • Steering: Rack mounted electric
  • Macpherson Struts front, multi-Link rear
  • Coasting control
  • Drive modes

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