Kia Upgrades 2021 Stinger ADAS, Safety Features

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Source: Kia announcement

SEOUL – The four-door fastback Kia Stinger sport sedan receives new and enhanced advanced driver-assist systems (ADAS), safety features, technologies and engines for the 2021 model year.

New ADAS technologies to assist drivers and protect passengers

The upgraded Stinger carries over the same ADAS it offered previously, as well as a series of new features and updates to provide even better protection for the driver, passengers and other road users.

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Depending on market and vehicle specification, the ADAS range in the Stinger is comprehensive, with many of the existing systems newly updated:

  • Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) now offers protection when turning across the road into a junction by identifying oncoming traffic on the other side of the road. Furthermore, it offers increased activation range when detecting a vehicle, pedestrian or cyclist
  • Lane Keeping Assist (LKA) is now able to detect the edge of a road, as well as the lines in the road, providing steering assistance to prevent the driver leaving their lane without signaling
  • Blind-Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist (BCA) provides an enhancement over the existing Blind-Spot Collision Warning (BCW). Instead of simply warning drivers of cars in adjacent lanes on the highway, BCA helps drivers avoid a potential collision by applying differential braking
  • For Europe, the upgraded Stinger now features Intelligent Speed Limit Assist (ISLA) based on traffic sign recognition
  • Driver Attention Warning (DAW) now has an increased operating speed of up to 210 kph (130 mph), and also alerts drivers if they fail to notice the car in front move off from a stop
  • Navigation-based Smart Cruise Control (NSCC) helps drive around curved sections of a highway, automatically reducing the vehicle’s speed to an appropriate level before entering the curve. It reverts to the original speed as the vehicle leaves the curve
  • A similar update has been made for reversing out of parking bays, with Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist (RCCA) now helping to prevent collisions with crossing vehicles while reversing (previously the system only warned the driver)

The following new ADAS technologies and convenience features have been added to the Stinger for the first time:

  • Safe Exit Warning (SEW) detects vehicles coming up from behind on either side of the Stinger when parked and stopped, alerting occupants with a sound and visual warning if they attempt to open the door into oncoming traffic
  • Kia’s Blind-Spot View Monitor (BVM) technology acts as a ‘second pair of eyes’ for drivers by eliminating a driver’s left- and right-side blind spots. It displays a high-resolution video feed within the ‘Supervision’ digital instrument cluster if the driver indicates to change lane with another vehicle in their blind spot. The video feed comes from discreet wide-angle lenses hidden beneath the door mirror housings, giving drivers a wider viewing angle of their blind spots
  • Lane Following Assist (LFA) helps the vehicle stay in the center of its lane
  • Highway Driving Assist (HDA) helps maintain a set distance from the vehicle in front on the highway, and keep the car in the center of its lane, even on a curved road
  • Rear Occupant Alert (ROA) provides a warning to the driver if they leave behind any pets or children when they exit the car

The numerous other enhancements to the Stinger include a new 2.5-liter T-GDI 304-horsepower engine; a new widescreen (10.25-inch) infotainment system display; a choice of two different electronic instrument displays and a refreshed exterior design.

The Stinger goes on sale in the third quarter in Korea and later in the year in other markets.

The entire announcement can be viewed by clicking HERE.

Mike Geylin
Mike Geylin

Mike Geylin is the Editor-in-Chief at Hagman Media. Geylin has been in automotive communications for five decades working in all aspects of the industry from OEM to supplier to motorsports as well as reporting for both newspapers and magazines on the industry.