Updating to a 2019 Kia Stinger GT Plus

With the prospect that Kia is making we might soon get a 2019 Kia Stinger GT Plus model. With the Stinger car, Kia has managed to surprise everyone as it was the first venture of the company into a new segment. The car was also introduced with a completely new design language which presents the new luxurious DNA which Kia specifically saved for these types of cars.

After the Stinger made its way to the public, they also released some future plans of how the company may evolve and continue from this idea. Some offers on the table are an all-electronic version, of course, and an inevitable high performance version. The latter option might sound as if it would be completed quicker than the former and we just might see it come to fruition in 2019. The concept for the GT Plus version of the Stinger car has been leaked in the form of a rendering and it looks that this project might truly happen.

To make the 2019 Kia Stinger GT Plus possible the existing profile of the car will be used, but will be amped up to eleven and become more aggressive and mean looking. The interior will probably get a low end update and the best part comes under the hood where there is a high possibility that the model gains a new engine or a heavily boosted version of the current one.

Here is what our thoughts are on the potential 2019 Kia Stinger GT Plus.

When Could the Release Date Come?

The potential release date of the 2019 Kia Stinger GT Plus is still not easy to determine. Being that this project exists on paper, as far as we know, the release date is still far from happening. But the idea of it coming is pretty acceptable and might be made sooner than we can think it would. It will probably be made for the 2019 season which would attract a lot of interest from the audiences.

What Could the Price be?

The price for the 2019 Kia Stinger GT Plus is still debatable and jacking up the base Stinger will also mean pumping up the price. As the base models retails for a price between $35,000 and $40,000, depending on the offers, a high-performance version of the Stinger will probably amount to somewhere between $45,000 and $50,000, also depending on the additions offered.

2019 Kia Stinger GT Plus Exterior

Based on the rendering of the 2019 Kia Stinger GT Plus it is expected that the car receives a pretty new and aggressive look. But the base Stinger model is already pretty aggressive looking on its own, so there is enough room to add more of it. Expected changes are going to appear for the front part of the car with the majority of them happening for the grille. We are going to get a new piece which adds black surrounds and body-colored outlining within the edges. Also new cutouts are made for the air dams while the vents on the hood are going to be functional in order to provide cooling for the high-performance engine underneath.

The side of the car will probably keep things more or less similar and we are sure to get an identical profile. There are some parts which could potentially be changed in order to benefit the car. These would reduce the drag coefficient down and also help the car get more aesthetic appeal. The painted parts will probably be matched with the front and rear design cues. The back part of the 2019 Kia Stinger GT Plus will gain more additions and it starts with the added wing in the back. This one will probably serve as more of an aesthetic addition but it could help in providing a little bit of downforce. The new diffuser will be redesigned in accordance with the aggressive nature of the entire car and bigger exhaust pipes will be placed in the rear as well. The ride height of the car will also be reduced and it might go down about 0.5 inches.

2019 Kia Stinger GT Plus Interior

The interior of the 2019 Kia Stinger GT Plus is predicted to get only a few changes compared to the original Stinger. The cabin is already sporty and aggressive enough so it does not serve for them to go too much overboard with this. The additions will probably include some high end materials which will include Alcantara leather which will be fitted on the new flat-bottom steering wheel and the door panels. Seats are already good enough but might be updated to include racing harnesses and provide more lateral support.

As far as the technical side of the car goes, we are expecting an all-digital instrument cluster. As the case is with other rivaling cars and all of them going digital it would be foolish to think that Kia does not go the same way. There is a lot of room left inside the car so they have a lot of options that they could go with and one of those is expanding the infotainment with an added display. It does not hurt to try when you have all of that free space on your hands.

Drivetrain Capability

There are a lot of options that they can go with the engine of the 2019 Kia Stinger GT Plus. Firstly, they could update the current version and give it more power. The currently used 3.3-liter V-6 is actually capable of supporting more power than it offers now and here likes the key for the update. They may enable the car to increase power by adding bigger turbos and increasing boost pressure and that way getting more strength out of the car. The current output is labeled at 365 horsepower and 376 pound-feet of torque, while with the changes it may reach 430 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque.

The second option is going for an added electrical engine. It has already been meant for the Kia Stinger to become a hybrid vehicle and it might happen earlier with the prospect of getting a high-performance version and the GT Plus version. They may decide to incorporate an electrical motor with a battery pack which would power the rear wheel drive or add power to all four wheels. Nevertheless, if they decide to add two separate electric motors to each of the wheels and along with the currently used engine it may help them boost their power to quite a lot. We are even looking at an output of around 500 ponies for the GT Plus version of the Stinger.

Lastly, the 2019 Kia Stinger GT Plus might just skip the whole hybrid thing and just go full electric. Using an all-electric powertrain for a performance car has always been a dream for Kia and this might prove to be the perfect time to do it. Although they have been making strides with the technology there is still a lot to go here and some cars already have setups which could include electric powertrains. This is something that could potentially provide more interest for the 2019 Kia Stinger GT Plus.

Rivaling Vehicles

With the potential 2019 Kia Stinger GT Plus happening, there is a number of vehicles which would qualify as competing models in the segment. If Kia decides to venture into the segment of high performance models they might face a competition which will welcome them in a spectacular fashion. The BMW M3 models and the Mercedes C43 and C63 sedan vehicles are just the ones that may represent the closets rivalry to the Kia product. If they decide to go electric as well there is the Tesla Model S which is an undisputed defender in the market. Kia will need to tread lightly on the newest terrain that they are planning to embark.


Whether the 2019 Kia Stinger GT Plus project gets to be completed or not, it poses a great opportunity from Kia to finally bring us a performance model. They have promised us so much already and it is prime time for them to deliver. The Kia Stinger is a vehicle which provides a lot of room for customization and maneuvering so it presents a perfect vehicle to start their redesign. The car might look like this or it might be completely different in the end, but the bottom line is that it needs to be made.

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