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2020 Kia Telluride

2020 Kia Telluride

Kia’s contender for the premium midsize SUV market

Unveiled at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show, the 2020 Kia Telluride is the company’s largest SUV yet and the first vehicle the Korean brand developed specifically for the U.S. market. It is based on the Telluride concept shown in 2016 but the two share very few features inside and out. It shares underpinnings with the 2019 Hyundai Palisade, introduced in 2018.

Although it’s the largest Kia yet and it can seat up to eight people, the Telluride isn’t much bigger than the Sorento. However, the few extra inches it has in the wheelbase and width enable it to compete with the popular Honda Pilot and the newly introduced Volkswagen Atlas. Like most midsize SUVs, the Telluride comes with just one engine in the form of a V-6, but if the concept before it is any indication, a hybrid drivetrain will be offered soon.

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2020 Kia Telluride finally shows its production form in Detroit

2020 Kia Telluride finally shows its production form in Detroit

The eight-seater Telluride is the largest vehicle to ever bear a Kia badge

Kia has finally pulled the wraps off the production version if its Telluride SUV at the 2019 Detroit auto show after having previously teased it on a number of occasions. First came the concept (to which the series model ended up bearing no resemblance), then the trio of modified versions Kia decided to show off last year at SEMA.

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2020 Kia Forte GT

2020 Kia Forte GT

The 2019 Forte’s smarter and stronger twin

The GT version of the Forte was to arrive soon, but we expected it to make its debut at the Detroit Motor Show early next year. The South Korean automaker caught us by surprise by releasing the updated Forte GT for the 202 model year. It carries the good looks but adds more grunt and pace to the standard Forte.

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The Kia Telluride Debuts Looking More Like a Concept Than a Production Model

The Kia Telluride Debuts Looking More Like a Concept Than a Production Model

This doesn’t look like a production model

Kia finally pulled the covers off of the Telluride, giving us our first look at the automaker’s full-sized SUV. The debut took place at fashion designer Brandon Maxwell’s event during New York Fashion Week. In keeping with Maxwell’s Texas-themed Spring Summer 2019 collection, the Telluride was dressed up in rough, off-road specification, complete with custom bumpers, skid plates, and an aluminum and wood roof rack.

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2019 Kia Forte

2019 Kia Forte

Third-gen compact sedan gets major makeover and Stinger-inspired styling

Introduced in 2008 as a brand-new nameplate, the Forte has already made a name for itself in the affordable compact car market. And while it might not be as popular as the Toyota Corolla and Honda Civic, the Forte was Kia’s best-selling vehicle in the U.S. in recent years and one of only 15 cars to earn the IIHS’ Top Safety Pick+ rating for 2018. Not bad for an automobile that had nothing to brag about a decade ago. Almost six years old as of early 2018, the second-generation Forte is living its final months on the market, with a redesigned model introduced for the 2019 model year at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show.

Redesigned from the ground up, the third-generation Forte follows in the footsteps of larger Kia models. Not only sportier on the outside, the new Forte comes with an upscale interior that moves it closer to the premium market. In addition to that, it’s the first Kia to borrow styling cues from the hot Stinger sedan. I don’t know about you, but I’ve been expecting Kia to add some "Sting" to its lineup ever since the four-door debuted in 2017. The new Forte arrives just in time for the redesigned Volkswagen Jetta, yet another affordable compact that wants to play in the premium league. But the Forte has other things to worry about too, like the popular Toyota Corolla and Honda Civic. How does it stack against them? Let’s find out in the review below.

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2019 Kia Forte Gets A Much-Needed Update

2019 Kia Forte Gets A Much-Needed Update

Third-generation Forte joins Kia’s lineup in the 21st century

The Kia Forte desperately needed some help; its dated interior looked a decade old and its exterior was more uninspiring than a loaf of wheat bread. That’s all changed for 2019 though. The same design language used on the hot Kia Stinger sports sedan finds its way onto this compact sedan. Likewise, the interior seems major improvements thanks to a new 8.0-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, along with wireless phone charging, and an optional 320-watt Harman Kardon sound system.

Kia updated the Forte’s active and passive safety systems, too. The car includes blind-spot collision warning, lane keeping assist, an optional forward collision-avoidance assist, and smart cruise control.

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All Eyes Are On Kia And The Stinger Now

All Eyes Are On Kia And The Stinger Now

The pieces are already in motion to add more variety to the Stinger

By now, everybody seems to be onboard the notion that Kia hit a homerun over the fence with the Stinger. The Korean automaker bet big on a premium performance sedan that could take on BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Audi and the early returns about the car are very encouraging. Of course, it’s still hard to make any judgments on the Stinger until we get to see what it’s actually like on the road, but given the overwhelmingly positive response surrounding its Detroit Auto Show debut, it wouldn’t be too presumptuous to think of how Kia’s going to build around the Stinger in order for the sedan to reach its full potential.

First of all, here’s what we already know about the Stinger’s status moving forward. the initial version will come with two variants: an entry-level sedan and a performance sedan called the Stinger GT. There’s no definite timetable yet on when the model will go on sale, but all signs seem to point to a launch sometime within the year with the U.S. scheduled to get the Stinger in the last quarter of 2017, maybe even sooner.

Here’s the question though: is Kia already thinking of adding on to the two variants that have already been announced?

It’s a legitimate question to ask and to Kia’s credit, it’s already indicated as much, telling Autocar that a diesel version is already in the works with a tentative schedule to make its debut at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show this March. Details are still scarce on how a diesel Stinger is going to be packaged, but a look at the automaker’s engine lineup points to the 197-horsepower, 2.2-liter four-cylinder diesel that the company already uses on some of its models, including the Kia Sorento.

Beyond the growing possibility of seeing a diesel version of the Stinger, there have also been talks of going the electrified route. Granted, an EV Stinger is unlikely to arrive in the foreseeable future, but according to Spencer Cho, Kia’s overseas product marketing boss, the company has the capability to venture down that road in the event that there’s demand for one.

The speculation surrounding Kia’s growth plans for the Stinger is likely going to continue now that the model has made such a positive first impression. It’s a great problem for Kia to solve and one that I’m sure the company is looking forward to solve.

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Watch Out BMW 3 Series, The Kia Stinger GT Is Not Messing Around

Watch Out BMW 3 Series, The Kia Stinger GT Is Not Messing Around

Top-of-the-line Stinger GT packs more power than its German counterpart

Two years after introducing the Kia GT4 Stinger the 2014 North American International Auto Show, the Korean automaker made good on its promise to bring the Stinger GT4 into the production. It took some time, but the new Kia Stinger has finally arrived.

Packaged as a premium compact sedan that will eventually tussle with the likes of the BMW 3 Series and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, the Kia Stinger is poised to become an imposing presence in its segment in more ways than one. For one, it immediately becomes one of the biggest models in its specific market, thanks in part to having one of the longest wheelbases (114.4 inches) among the competition.

More than just its size, the Stinger also packs a varied engine lineup, highlighted by a range-topping 3.3-liter bi-turbo V-6 engine that’s expected to top 365 horsepower and 376 pound-feet of torque. That’s enough to help the sports sedan hit 62 mph in 5.1 seconds on its way to hitting a top speed of 167 mph. The Stingers GT’s numbers are impressive because they actually compare favorable to a car like the 3 Series, whose 340i variant “only” produces 320 horsepower and 330 pound-feet of torque. It does have a quicker acceleration to 62 mph (4.8 seconds), but its top speed is capped at 155 mph.

U.S. customers of the Stinger are also expected to receive an entry-level model that packs a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and hits an output of 255 horses and 260 pound-feet of twist. Those figures put it in the crosshairs of the BMW 328i, which itself comes with 250 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque.

Good news for would-be customers too. The launch of the Kia Stinger is expected to happen soon, or at least far quicker than the car’s concept-to-production phase as the sedan is expected to go on sale later this year. It took a long time for the Stinger to get here, but now that it’s arrived, it looks like Kia has a good one on its hands.

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Kia GT Teased Once Again Ahead of Detroit Debut

Kia GT Teased Once Again Ahead of Detroit Debut

New video reveals exterior design

Spotted testing on public roads since early 2016, the production version of the Kia GT is about to break cover at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show. With just a couple of weeks left until the year’s first major automotive event kicks off, Kia is busy teasing the upcoming vehicle and it has just released a new video. The third clip as of December 21, the new teaser showcases some of the car’s exterior features.

The footage is rather shadowy and hides most of the actual details found in the sheet metal, but it provides plenty of hints as to what the car looks like. What’s evident from the very start is that the sports sedan is heavily based on the concept car. It has a sexy, coupe-like profile, steeply raked rear glass, and a big trunk lid spoiler. Up front, I spotted a pair of sleek, sweptback headlamps, the already traditional "tigernose" grille, and dual vents for the bulged engine hood. Other highlights include large alloy wheels, quad exhaust pipes, a lowered suspension, and LED technology in the front and rear.

Not much else can be seen, but we do know that the GT model will be rear-wheel-drive with the option to select an AWD setup. Kia also revealed that the sedan will be able to hit 62 mph from a standing start in 5.1 seconds on its way to a top speed of 151 mph, figures that are likely to be achieved with a twin-turbo, 3.3-liter V-6 engine rated at more than 300 horsepower. The automaker could also offer less powerful versions motivated by four-cylinder drivetrains, but we will find out more about that when the GT breaks cover at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show in January.

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2017 Kia Forte

2017 Kia Forte

New front end design and available semi-autonomous features

The second-generation Kia Forte was launched in 2013, alongside its Korean counterpart, the K3. Penned by former Audi designed Peter Schreyer, the second-gen Forte is a significant departure from its predecessor in just about any department. Sporting a modern appearance, a more upscale interior, and new engines, the new Forte changed the way consumers think about Kia-badged compacts. The second-gen model received its mid-cycle facelift for the 2017 model year.

From a quick glance, the updated car isn’t that big of a departure from the current Kia Forte, but there are some interesting changes to the front end and the interior. The new trim level is dubbed the “S” trim and is slated to sit between the entry-level LX trim and range-topping EX trim. I won’t go into too much detail yet, but if you’re in the market for a new Kia sedan, I suggest you wait until the 2017 model goes on sale – you’re going to like what the “S” trim has to offer over the LX trim.

With that introduction, let’s dive into the 2017 Kia Forte. Remember it’s not a huge departure from the previous model, so keep an open mind as you read over our review of Kia’s updated sedan.

Updated 06/30/2016: Kia announced prices on on the 2017 Forte sedan which is now available at Kia dealers nationwide. Check out the "Prices" section for the full details.

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2017 Kia Forte5

2017 Kia Forte5

The eye-catching Soul isn’t the only five-door subcompact on offer from Kia’s showrooms. The more conservative Forte range also includes a hatchback model. The Kia Forte5 is an extension of the Forte sedan and is designed to appeal to buyers who might not be in love with the Soul’s polarizing boxy design. A major facelift for 2017 gives the Forte5 increased curb presence and a new family face.

If it seems like you’ve seen the Forte5 before, that’s because it’s been restyled to more closely resemble the mid-size Optima. Kia has also updated the amenities list, with items more traditionally found on premium cars, to enhance the Forte5’s wallet appeal. As Kia’s strategy seems to be to get the engineering down first and worry about the styling second, the facelift suggests that the underpinnings have reached world-class levels.

The better-looking Forte5 goes on sale later this year.

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2016 Kia Telluride Concept

2016 Kia Telluride Concept

Kia’s vision for a future full-sized luxury SUV that will sit above the Kia Sorento took shape at the 2016 North American International Auto Show with the debut of the Kia Telluride Concept.

The three-row, seven-seater SUV concept is actually based on an existing platform that already underpins the Sorento. To accommodate the bigger size of the Telluride, Kia stretched the wheelbase of the chassis to 121.3 inches, almost a foot longer than the wheelbase of the Sorento. Its massive size notwithstanding, the Telluride also comes with a dramatic body design that’s fixing to attract its fair share of fans. Inside, Kia loaded up on the technology, even though most of them is unlikely to make it to production anytime soon.

The whole SUV, for that matter, is simply a “theoretical” exercise for Kia so even if the Telluride does get positive reviews from the gathered folks at Detroit, there are no assurances that Kia will proceed with a production version anytime soon. That’s not to say that a full-sized luxury SUV isn’t going to happen for the Korean brand. It just means that we shouldn’t hold out hope of seeing the Telluride in showrooms in the near future.

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Kia Teases New Concept Car For 2016 Detroit Auto Show

Kia Teases New Concept Car For 2016 Detroit Auto Show

The Detroit auto show kicks off on January 11th, and that means the unveiling of new concepts. But before that happens – and what I consider to be one of the best parts about major auto shows – manufacturers are releasing teasers of what is coming. One such teaser comes from Korean manufacturer Kia, and could be the representation of a new premium, large SUV.

The soon-to-be-revealed concept was designed at Kia America’s California design studio and is said to offer an abundance of new and advanced technology. The press release mentions a “state-of-the-art-and-wellness technology,” but I’m willing to bet we’ll get to see some early on developments of Kia’s recently announced DESIGN WISE technology. I expect to see things like gesture control and various autonomous technologies, but Kia has remained silent as far as whether or not these technologies will be integrated into this concept.

Until then, all we have for sure is the teaser image you see here, but that teaser image shows a bit more of the design language used on the concept than a lot of the teasers we’ve seen in the past. To be honest, outside of that crazy, metallic paint job and those rather unique wheels, the car looks almost production ready – assuming the concept will debut with a full functioning interior. There are a couple of things I’ve noticed that really stick out.

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2014 Kia GT4 Stinger

2014 Kia GT4 Stinger

About two weeks ago, Kia announced that would head to the 2014 Detroit Auto Show with a 2+2 concept car that will preview the long-rumored Kia sports car. Today the company revealed the concept’s official name and a new image of the concept.

This new concept is named the GT4 Stinger and, according to the details that Kia gave us, it will bring into focus the latest version of Kia’s signature "Tiger Nose" grille.

Along with the revised grille, the GT4 Stinger will also feature vertical LED headlights flanking the white surround of the grille, brake cooling vents, 20-inch wheels and a carbon fiber front splitter mounted below the bumper. This first image really gives us a nice look at this striking front end, and we simply cannot wait to see it.

On top of this awesome-looking nose, this concept will carry a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine that delivers a total of 315 horsepower to the rear wheels through a six-speed, close-ratio manual transmission. If this potent four-pot finds its way into a production model, then Kia will officially put Toyota, Scion and Subaru on notice to get off their rumps and add some much-needed power to the GT 86, FR-S and BR-Z triplets.

Stay tuned for more details on the concept, which Kia plans to release on January 13th, shortly before the official unveiling.

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Kia Will Unveil A 2+2 Sports Concept In Detroit

Kia Will Unveil A 2+2 Sports Concept In Detroit

Kia revealed the first teaser image of a 2+2 sports car concept set to be unveiled in January 2014 at the Detroit Auto Show. The company described the concept car as a "stunning sports car," specially designed to deliver "head-turning looks whilst providing superb driving enjoyment whether on the road or at the track."

No other details were revealed, but the teaser image reveals a car with a sporty character, featuring the design lines we’ve seen on all the latest Kia vehicles. The concept appears to feature a long hood and pronounced wheel arches. The nose seems to feature a new headlight design for a Kia model.

More details on the concept will be released in the upcoming weeks, but the full specifications figures will be unveiled during the car’s official debut in Detroit. Stay tuned!

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2014 - 2015 Kia Cadenza

2014 - 2015 Kia Cadenza

The Kia Cadenza actually started life out as the Kia K7 over in Kia’s home country of South Korea. It didn’t make it to the U.S. until the 2014 model year and was essentially a badge-engineered Hyundai Azera. For the U.S.-spec version, the Cadenza comes with Nappa leather seats – a luxury normally reserved for more high-end models from manufacturers like BMW and Mercedes, to name a couple. Furthermore, it came with Bluetooth phone connectivity, a navigation system, Kia UVO, alloy wheels, and a heated and ventilated driver’s seat. On the outside, the Cadenza featured styling and design cues that were inspired by European models and had Kia’s “Tiger Nose” front fascia to go with Standard LED headlights or the optional HID headlight units. All told, the car had graceful styling and a sculpted body that put it well above what we normally expect in a Kia.

Under the hood, the Cadenza sported a 3.3-liter V-6 with nearly 300 horsepower and 255 pound-feet of torque. There was a six-speed automatic transmission as standard equipment, but inside you’ll find paddle shifters on the steering wheel so you can pretend to row your own gears. All told it wasn’t a bad sedan for a brand that was in the process of reinventing itself as a higher-quality brand. With strong competition coming from models like the Nissan Maxima and the Toyota Avalon, Kia had to put its best foot forward in this segment.

With that said, keep on reading to learn everything about the U.S.-spec Cadenza and what it brought to the table for the 2014 model year.

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2011 Detroit Auto Show Recap

2011 Detroit Auto Show Recap

As the first major international auto show of the 2011 calendar year, the North America International Auto Show sees no shortage of manufacturers all looking to break in the new year with a bang.

Some make a tremendous impression on all of us, whereas others just fade into obscurity as soon as the show ends. The challenge for these automakers is to make sure that they bring out products, whether its of production material or it’s a concept that will stand out from the rest.

All the happenings of the Detroit Auto Show took at the Cobb Center in Detroit a few weeks ago so we felt it was an opportune time to provide a heads-up of what vehicles served notice at the event.

This recap will cover all the cars that were officially unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show. Check out the list and let us know which of these new toys on the block you’d want to be taking home to with you.

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2011 Kia Soul ie:3 Concept

2011 Kia Soul ie:3 Concept

Johnson Controls may not be a name that’s familiar to a lot of you, but their products almost always end up staring us right in the face at times when we don’t even realize it.

As a supplier of interior technology, Johnson Controls holds a certain cache that not of us even realize. That’s why it was especially cool to see the company attend the Detroit Auto Show with a hollow shell of a Kia Soul with all their goodies dressed up in the interior.

Called the ie:3 Concept, the vehicle consists of Johnson Controls’ latest technological features that are designed to have three main benefits: delighting buyers, giving automakers an opportunity to be different from each other, and improving their own sustainability.

Among the features found on the ie:3 – ‘IE’ stands for Inspired Efficiency – include single-piece stamped seats that are ergonomically designed to save space. The company also has features new FaserTac seat pads made from natural fibers.

That’s only the beginning, too.

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2011 Kia KV7 Concept

2011 Kia KV7 Concept

And you thought gullwing doors were just for supercars and time-traveling vehicles of the Back to the Future variety.

Korean automaker Kia is attempting to break that mold with the KV7, a crossover concept that uses the growing fad of gullwings by incorporating them into a vehicle that’s scheduled to make its debut at the North American Auto Show in January.

Details on the car will be revealed in the days leading up to the auto show, but the concept is just a small taste of what to expect from Kia – and to a bigger extent, it’s Korean brother from another mother, Hyundai – as it attempts to expand its line-up and do away with it’s old conservative perception. Moving forward, the KV7 is the first step in Kia’s attempt to release cars that put a premium on style and quality.

Though it’s scheduled to debut in concept form in Detroit, there’s no telling whether the production version – if it makes it there – will be identical to what the concept is going to look like. We’re not overly optimistic about it – especially those gullwings - but we still have to give credit to Kia for releasing production vehicles that first made headway as concepts. These include the Soul, the Sportage, and the Forte Koup, which bore some striking resemblances to their concept forms.

Nevertheless, Kia is poised to make a pre-emptive strike on the industry in 2011 with the KV7 Concept. It’s a good move for a brand that’s looking to make some serious headway in the coming years.

UPDATE 01/09/11: Days ahead of its major debut at the 2011 NAIAS, Kia has just revealed the first teaser photo of its new concept crossover, the KV-7. Not much can be derived from it except an image of what looks to be an oddly configured headlight with lights that look more like teeth. Apart from that we can also see one side of the front bumper that looks to have come with its own set of lights. Check it out in the gallery!

Short Press Release after the jump.

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