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2021 Kia Stinger gets design changes including checkered flag taillights

The Stinger has gotten a long list of enhancements.

Photo courtesy of Kia Motors

For the 2021 model year, Kia is enhancing the Stinger fastback sports sedan with changes inside and out. The fresh looks are designed to “builds on the svelte gran turismo design" according to a release from the company.

The front of the 2021 Stinger will now feature the car's tiger-nose grille between new multifaceted reflector LED headlamps and daytime running lights.

Kia has given the rear of the Stinger a new combination taillight displays that includes a new light signature that goes across the entire width of the back end. That signature mimics the shape of the spoiler that is integrated into the trunk lid. Each turn signal is comprised of 10 LED units and arranged in a grid pattern that is reminiscent of a checkered flag.

2021 Kia Stinger The front of the Stinger has gotten headlight enhancements.Photo courtesy of Kia Motors

There are also larger wide-bore bright silver exhaust mufflers and a more purposeful rear diffuser, which combine to give the car a more muscular appearance.

Stinger rides on either 18- or 19-inch aluminum alloy wheels that feature geometric designs. Kia will also offer the model with a new exterior color - a shade of purple.

Kia will make two exterior packages available on the Stinger. High-performance variants will be available with the Dark Package, which includes a gloss black diffuser surround, black wide-bore muffler tip, and black Stinger emblem on the tailgate. In North America, the model will be offered with a new Black Package that adds 19-inch matte black lightweight wheels, a rear wing for the trunk lid, and blacked out mirror caps and side fender trim.

The Stinger gets materials upgrades for 2021 designed to make its cabin more premium. The lower section of the steering wheel now has a metallic finish. That finish matches the bezel that surrounds the 7.0-inch all-digital instrument cluster. Kia has made the car's rear view mirror frameless.

2021 Kia Stinger Kia has upgraded the Stinger's cabin for 2021.Photo courtesy of Kia Motors

Depending on the trim level purchased, the Stinger's dashboard and doors can feature contrast stitching while the center console is available with aluminum or carbon fiber-style trim.

The model has an upgraded 10.25-inch infotainment touch screen and navigation system that is surrounded by a new glossy black finish.

Kia is offering the Stinger Nappa leather upholstery finished in Saturn Black, Red, or Beige, alongside existing leather and synthetic leather options. A new Saturn Black option finishes the seats in black suede with contrasting red stitching in a “chain" pattern, designed to mimic the links in a watch strap.

The Stinger goes on sale in Korea in the third quarter of 2020 followed its arrival in global markets. Ahead of that, Kia is set to reveal a new powertrain line-up and technologies for the car.

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2021 Acura TLX Type S is on sale today

The Type S gets a turbocharged V6 engine.

Acura

Acura released an all-new version of its popular TLX sedan for the 2021 model year. It got new tech and sleek styling, but a much-anticipated performance version of the car is just now becoming a reality. The TLX Type S is rolling out to dealers now, and offers a significant bump in power and capability over its standard TLX counterparts.

After 13 years, Acura is adding a high-performance Type S trim to the TLX lineup. The cars feature a hot turbocharged V6 engine, Acura's excellent Super Handling All-Wheel Drive system (SH-AWD), and true torque vectoring for sticky handling in the corners.

The TLX Type S sees a whopping 355 horsepower and 354 pound-feet of torque from its turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 engine. Acura says the powertrain derives much of that power from tech that was derived from the NSX supercar. The engine uses a single twin-scroll turbocharger, which should reduce turbo lag and improve throttle response. The same engine will power the upcoming 2022 MDX Type S SUV.


2021 Acura TLX Type S The Type S' V6 can shutter three cylinders to preserve fuel economy.Acura


In addition to impressive specs, the engine also carries advanced fuel saving tech. Using a Variable Cylinder Management system, the V6 can shut down three of its cylinders in a variety of situations to conserve fuel. Additionally, the engine has a new active vibration control system, which reduces chassis and engine vibrations when the engine is shifting between three- and six-cylinder operation.

As is the case with many sports sedans, the TLX comes with an active exhaust system. The new feature uses a valve in each muffler that can be opened or closed to provide more flow and a deeper sound. When fully opened, Acura says the exhaust becomes up to seven decibels louder. The system is controlled using the TLX's drive mode select function in the cockpit.

Pricing for the 2021 Acura TLX Type S starts at $53,325, which includes destination. Upgrading to the high-performance wheel and tire package pushes the price to $54,125. The cars start arriving at Acura dealerships today.


2021 Acura TLX Type S The Type S has an active exhaust that can become quieter or louder with drive mode selections.Acura

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The new Grand Cherokee L is on its way to dealers now.

Stellantis

The all-new three-row Grand Cherokee L was unveiled earlier this year, and features an ultra-premium interior, a load of new tech, and sharp styling that shouts back to Jeep models of the past. Just a few weeks ago, we learned pricing and feature details for the new model, and now Jeep says the vehicle is on its way to dealerships across the country.


Jeep Grand Cherokee L The L is the first three-row Grand Cherokee.Stellantis


In terms of styling, the L's shape has been reworked from previous Grand Cherokee models to be more reminiscent of the Jeep Grand Wagoneer. The automaker says that the grille has been tilted forward and is now wider for better air flow and a more dramatic appearance. The idea was to make the Grand Cherokee L look rugged, but keep it sleek and technical in the process.

The stretched Grand Cherokee retains the engines that powered its predecessors. That means a 3.6-liter V6 is standard, which delivers 293 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. A 5.7-liter V6 is optional, and makes 357 horsepower and 390 pound-feet of torque. Both engines come paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission and either rear- or al-wheel drive. Either powertrain option will provide decent towing capability, but the V8 is unsurprisingly more powerful. With a V6 on board, the Grand Cherokee L can tow 6,200 pounds, while V8-powered models can pull 7,200 pounds.


Jeep Grand Cherokee L The L's styling is modern but nostalgic.Stellantis


Inside, Jeep says the L can be equipped with the latest tech and entertainment features. Running the latest Uconnect infotainment software, the Grand Cherokee L will be capable of wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and can be had with a head-up display, a rear-seat monitoring camera system, and a 950-watt 19-speaker McIntosh audio system. At the top end of the lineup, the Summit Reserve model gets Palermo quilted leather, open-pore waxed walnut wood, and 21-inch wheels.

Pricing for the L starts at $38,690 after destination, which buys the base Laredo trim. The range-topping Summit Reserve model starts at $61,690 after destination. Dealer deliveries are underway now, supported by almost 5,000 employees at Stellantis' Detroit Assembly Complex.

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