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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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Larger tires headline the upgrades.

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The off-road wars are heating up. This year alone, we've seen the new Ford Bronco, Rivian's R1T electric pickup truck, new off-road models of the Ford Ranger, GMC Canyon, and Chevrolet Silverado, and more rugged versions of the Subaru Outback and Forester. Jeep, already deep in the game, doesn't need to do much to bolster its off-road offering, but the brand is doing just that for 2022. The automaker is offering a new Xtreme Recon Package for the Wrangler Willys SUV, which brings more capability and style to the boxy off-roader.

Jeep Wrangler Willys Xtreme Recon Package The package can be ordered for Wrangler Willys models later this year. Jeep Wrangler Willys Xtreme Recon Package

Beyond beefy 35-inch tires tires, the Wrangler Willys with Xtreme Recon Package gets a 1.5-inch factory lift, a 4.56:1 axle ratio, 17-inch wheels and swing gate reinforcement. Jeep says those improvements give the Willys best-in-class approach and departure angles, ground clearance, and water fording capability. Approach angle improves to 47.4 degrees, breakover angle improves to 26.7 degrees, and departure angle jumps to 40.4 degrees. The extra ride height also pushes ground clearance to 12.9 inches and the water fording depth to 33.6 inches.

The package's 35-inch tires make the Willys Jeep's third Wrangler model with hardcore rolling stock. It joins the Wrangler Rubicon and Wrangler Rubicon 392 in the 35-inch club, all of which can be equipped with the tires directly from the factory.

Jeep Wrangler Willys Xtreme Recon Package A factory lift helps improve ground clearance and capability.Jeep

The Xtreme Recon Package can be ordered starting in October and will be available for the Jeep Wrangler Willys with 3.6-liter eTorque engine. The package adds $3,995 to the Wrangler Willys' price tag, which brings the total starting price to $40,930, including a $1,495 destination charge.

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2022 Infiniti Q50 gets more standard tech

The car sees new tech and interior features for 2022.

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The Infiniti Q50 is an aging but still-stylish sedan that offers value and power, but it hasn't quite kept pace with the crop of more engaging premium European cars. However, it's still worth a look, and to press that point further, Infiniti has updated the car for 2022 with a healthy list of standard features.

2022 Infiniti Q50 Exterior styling has not changed for 2022.Infiniti

Headline updates for the 2022 Q50 are wireless Apple CarPlay and newly standard Bose Performance Series Audio. There's now leather for every trim, but in the ways that count, the car is the same as the one we saw last year, the year before, and so on.

That's not to say that the car is bad. After all, it still offers a 300-horsepower twin-turbo V6 as standard and can be upgraded with a 400-horsepower version of the engine. And, despite its aging exterior styling, it's still a handsome car with smooth, sculpted bodywork. The seven-speed automatic transmission and available all-wheel drive remain in place.

2022 Infiniti Q50 All-wheel drive is available for all models.Infiniti

Pricing for the 2022 Infiniti Q50 starts at $43,125, which includes a $1,025 destination fee. The car gets standard wireless Apple CarPlay, leather upholstery, 18-inch wheels, and Bose Performance Audio. All-wheel drive is available for a $2,000 upcharge.

2022 Infiniti Q50 Wireless Apple CarPlay and Bose audio are standard.Infiniti

The mid-range Q50 Sensory starts at $48,825, and comes with 19-inch wheels, black open-pore wood interior accents, navigation, and an air purifier system. Stepping up to the top Q50 Red Sport 400 will run $56,975, and brings the more powerful V6 engine, semi-aniline leather upholstery, and Dynamic Digital Suspension, which adjusts damping settings depending on road conditions and driving style.

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