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Rumours of Kia Stinger's retirement blasted as "ridiculous fake news", facelift set for July

Rumours of the Kia Stinger's death appear to have been exaggerated.

Kia in Korea appears to have taken a leaf out of the Donald Trump playbook, blasting rumours the current-gen Kia Stinger won't be replaced as "fake news"

That's the word out of Korea, where the AutoDaum publication is quoting Kia sources who maintain that no decision has been made on the future of the brand's affordable performance car, and confirmed a face-lifted model will be landing locally in July. 

"The release of the second-generation Stinger has not been decided yet. We plan to focus on preparing for the partial change model launch in the second half of this year," the Kia source told the magazine. 

"The Stinger discontinuation is not only groundless...but also ridiculous fake news. In July this year...there will be a partial model change with more powerful performance."

Now, to be clear, that doesn't sound like a confirmation the Stinger will live on after this update, rather that a decision on its future is yet to be made. 

Also unclear at this point is what Kia in Korea means by "more powerful performance". There have been rumours - and even sightings of test mules - of more powerful engines being fitted to both tiers of the Stinger family, but they're yet to be confirmed by the company.

As previously reported here, CarsGuide understands the Kia Stinger in Australia won't be receiving an engine transplant with this model change.