2019 Kia Performance EV Concept
Kia has a few surprises in store for us that it will unveil in full at the 89th Geneva Auto Show and the hottest of them all is this muscular concept that will "get your pulse racing," according to the Korean manufacturer. If it’s a two-door coupe done following the recipe of the Stinger GT, then we’re surely looking forward to it.
Kia let go of two separate teasers almost at the same time in the past couple of days: first, there was a sketch of the upcoming xCeed that’s already been spied testing on wintery roads. The crossover that’s supposed to split the Stonic and the Sportage in terms of size will share its engines with the standard Ceed and PHEV version is to be expected as well. The second teaser, though, is what got us wondering because it doesn’t really resemble anything in Kia’s current portfolio. Is the automaker hinting at a potential shift in its design language or did it just let its European design team based in Frankfurt to have a little fun in the eve of the major Swiss auto show?
2019 Kia Optima Sportswagon
Kia Motors Europe is giving the Optima and Optima Sportswagon a mild mid-cycle refresh for the 2019 model year. The cars will go on display at the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show March 6 and will go on sale in Europe starting in the third quarter of 2018.
While the visual modifications are light, the 2019 Optima Sportswagon adds two new engines to its current lineup. These are designed to expand the Optima’s range and appeal, on top of the current plug-in hybrid powertrain and the sporty GT variant.
Continue reading for more on the 2019 Kia Optima Sportswagon.
2018 Kia Ceed
After six years on the market, the second-generation Kia Cee’d is getting ready to retire at the end of the year. Replacing it is the third-generation model, a more modern hatchback updated to the company’s new design language and fitted with Kia’s latest technology. On top of that, the Cee’d name was replaced with Ceed. The hatchback makes its global debut at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show in March.
Also designed, developed, engineered, and built in Europe, the new Ceed aims to account for an even greater proportion of Kia’s European sales. Specifically, the Korean brand is hoping to sell more than 700,000 units and more than 16 percent of its European sales. Kia didn’t say why the Cee’d badge was replaced with Ceed, but it points out that it consolidates its reputation as "a car for the Community of Europe, with European Design." Well, I guess they finally realized that car names and badges need to be simple as possible, so I happy to see the apostrophe go.
As until now, the Kia Ceed will go against tough competition in Europe. Although both the Volkswagen Golf and Ford Focus are fairly old, they’re still highly popular and in line to get redesigned versions soon. Then there’s the Hyundai i30, a solid proposition in this niche. Let’s see what the new Ceed has to offer.
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2018 Kia Rio GT-Line
They say great things come in small packages. In Kia’s case, that may well be true in the form of the Rio GT-Line, a "punchier" version of the company’s best-selling B-segment compact hatchback. According to Michael Cole, Chief Operating Officer for Kia Motors Europe, the new Rio GT-Line offers a “range of comfort and safety features, superb versatility, and confident, sporty styling.” We normally take comments like this with a grain of salt due to their self-serving nature, but we’re making an exception this time because the Rio GT-Line does have all those qualities, and then some.
Just a year ago at the Geneva Auto Show, Kia revealed its Sportspace Concept. It was basically a sportier, stretched out Optima Sedan. As Kia put it, the Sportspace was “a totally new breed of grand tourer that promises to bring sportiness and utility under the same roof.” At the time, we didn’t know whether or not the Sportspace would pave the way for an actual model, but toward the end of 2015, our spy photographers caught a similar prototype on public roads.
When we got our hands on the spy shots, we speculated that the car was near-production ready and would likely be revealed at the Geneva Motor Show this March. As it turns out, we were correct. Kia has just officially announced the Kia Optima Sportswagon and has released several preview images and a plethora of information regarding its first ever D-segment tourer.
Now that we have official details and photos of Kia’s new Sportswagon, it is time we take a look at what we’re going to see when the car makes its official public debut in Geneva. From a quick glance at the images, it looks like Kia did pretty well on its new tourer, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves just yet.
Updated 02/18/2016: Kia dropped the official details on the new Optima Sportswagon with just a few days before the car’s official debut at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show.
Continue reading to learn more about the 2017 Kia Optima Sportswagon.
It’s been five years since Kia redesigned the Optima mid-size sedan and slapped the now-familiar "tiger nose" grille to its front fascia. Penned under the guidance of former chief designer for Audi and Volkswagen, Peter Schreyer, the third-gen Optima is nearing the end of its cycle, with a brand-new sedan to arrive for the 2016 model year. But while we’re waiting for the prototypes to lose their swirly camouflage, the Korean manufacturer decided to reveal the Optima’s new design language at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. Previewed by a teaser photo that made me believe Kia is actually bringing a near production-ready four-door to Geneva, it turns out the show car is actually the Sportspace Concept, a study that suggests the manufacturer could be expanding the Optima’s lineup in the near future.
In Kia’s own words, the Sportspace is "a totally new breed of grand tourer" that promises to bring sportiness and utility under the same roof. In short, it’s a stylish grocery getter that could give the fashionable Mazda 6 Wagon a run for its money. If Kia approves it for production, that is. The concept also provides us with several hints as to what the upcoming Optima sedan might look like, but you’ll have to keep reading to find out more about that.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Kia Sportspace Concept.
Kia is celebrating the launch of the new pro_cee’d GT with a special 1st Edition. This special edition will be limited to only 500 units and will bring a series of updates to both the exterior and the interior.
The new pro_cee’d GT 1st Edition will be distinguished by a series of unique features, like: high-gloss door mirror housings, stainless steel scuff plates with red illuminated GT badging and unique numbering. Additionally, this special edition will be offered with 18-inch wheels painted in high-gloss.
On the interior, customers will get red foot-well lighting and premium-quality velour floor mats with red double stitching. The list of standard equipment will include: adaptive xenon headlights, automatic air conditioning, satellite navigation and a large sunroof.
The new Kia pro_cee’d GT 1st Edition will be making its world debut at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show and will be put on sale in May 2013; prices will be announced closer to market launch.
After much teasing and prodding over the past couple of months, Kia’s tiger-looking concept has finally broken cover at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show.
Apparently, it’s called the Provo Concept and, as you can imagine, it looks absolutely bonkers or at the very least, right up what Kia promised as a "racy new urban concept.” It sure wasn’t kidding, huh?
But the radical conceptual design of the exterior, particularly the eye-catching front profile, only tells part of the story of the Provo Concept. The interior is also awash in some fine and fancy suede and carbon treatments while the wheels, well, those ridiculous bad boys sure do speak for themselves.
It’s also worth noting that the Kia Provo Concept is looking like the Korean automaker’s answer to the growing crossover market, one that could have the likes of MINI in its crosshairs.
Find out more about the Kia Provo Concept after the jump
Shortly after Kia unveiled the new generation pro_cee’d at the 2012 Paris Motor Show, everyone started to talk about the potential of a more powerful version of it. It looks like the talk was more than just lip service, as Kia has just unveiled the first teaser image and some details on its first-ever hot hatch.
The new pro_cee’d GT will be based on the standard 2013 pro_cee’d and has been described as "a hot hatch perfectly aligned with Kia’s sportiness and "fun to drive" positioning. An aggressive body kit highlights the aesthetic program for the pro_cee’d GT, particularly the addition of a new front bumper with larger air intakes, new LED headlamps, a honeycomb grille with a "GT" logo, larger side skirts, and a redesigned rear bumper. Adding to that program are a new set of 18-inch alloy wheels with a lower suspension and front brakes measuring 300x28 mm with rear brakes measuring 262 x 10 mm (10.3 x 0.39 inches)
Find out more about the Kia pro_cee’d GT after the jump
UPDATE 01/27/2013: The first set of photos of the pro_cee’d GT have been released ahead of its debut at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show.
The history of the Kia C’eed began six years ago at the Geneva Motor Show and Kia is repeating history with a second unveiling at the same show. The 2012 Geneva Motor Show will be the backdrop for the introduction of the second generation C’eed. The first details provided for the new sedan will be a real threat on the C-segment market.
The new Kia C’eed is longer, wider, and lower than its predecessor and features a more dynamic and sophisticated styling. At the front of the vehicle is Kia’s new trademark "tiger-nose" grille and aggressive, wraparound headlamp clusters housing signature LED daytime running lights. A steeply raked A-pillar, a very low belt-line, and an integrated rear spoiler will accentuate the sporty aesthetics of the new model.
On the interior, Kia has opted for a more premium look and feel, higher perceived quality, improved switchgear, touch-screen technology, and enhanced driving position ergonomics. The dashboard features an aircraft-theme, the main control panel has been placed around the steering wheel, and the main control groups such as audio and air-conditioning have been segregated to bring a more premium, luxurious, big car feel to the interior. The rest is all about soft and high quality materials.
There are no details on the engine line-up just yet, but we’re sure details will be revealed when the Geneva Motor Show opens its doors.
The fourth generation Kia Rio made its world debut at the Geneva Motor Show and will be put on sale in five-doors version from September with the all-new 3-door model on sale from early 2012. Both versions will be manufactured exclusively at Kia’s Sohari plant in Korea.
Compared to the previous generation the new Rio model is longer by 20 mm, wider by 25 mm, and lower by -15 mm and features a wheelbase extended by 70 mm to 2,570 mm – greatly enhancing passenger space and cargo capacity.
The new Rio will be offered with a choice of four highly efficient three- and four-cylinder engines with power ranging from 70-to-109 HP. When powered by the 109 HP version, the new Rio will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 11.5 seconds and will hit a top speed of 112 mph.
UPDATE 09/26/2011: Kia has announced that the all new Rio will go on sale with prices starting from under $14,000. On the US market, prices for the all new Rio will start from $13,600 for the 5-door manual version, $14,700 for the 5-door A/T and will go up to $18,000 for the top of the line SX.
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Kia has brought the new generation Picanto at the Geneva Motor Show. The model comes with a fresh design and will be offered in both three and five doors versions. In Europe sales will begin in late spring of 2011.
The new model has been styled by Kia’s European design team based in Frankfurt, Germany, under the direction of Chief Design Officer, Peter Schreyer. Kia describes the Picanto as "exuding self confidence, solidity and maturity, the next generation Picanto is designed to break the city car mould."
The new Kia will be offered in three different versions: a four-cylinder, 1,248 cc engine that delivers a total of 85 HP and 121 Nm of torque for the top version, and two three-cylinder, 998 cc units with a choice of petrol or Bi-fuel technologies (LPG + petrol) and with 69 or 82 HP.
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The Korean automaker Kia has officially released details about the next generation Sportage SUV, the 2011 Kia Sportage.
Sharing the same platform with its compatriot, the Hyundai Tucson, the 2011 Sportage looks to have the leg-up on the Tucson in terms of being a little bigger and wider, which should translate into having a roomier interior.
The design for the 2011 Sportage also seems to have benefitted from the supervision of Peter Schreyer, whose previous design work with Audi has seemingly translated into some of the aesthetic design cues that can be noticed in the new Sportage, including sharper curves, and a completely revamped front end that previous Sportage models didn’t come in.
Featuring a fresh, bold, athletic and sporty design; longer, lower and wider than the previous generation model, the new Sportage will offer more space for people and cargo, with improved ride quality thanks to the longer wheelbase; the new Sportage will go on sale later this year, with a choice of both diesel and gasoline engines following its debut in March at the Geneva Motor Show.
Updated 07/21/2010: Kia today announced prices for the 2011 Sportage that will go on sale in USA at a price of $18,295 for the base trim that includes: air conditioning, power windows, door locks and mirrors, SIRIUS® Satellite Radio capability with three months complimentary service, Bluetooth wireless technology and MP3 connectivity.
Press release after the jump.
Earlier this month Kia announced it will bring a new concept car to Geneva, that it called, "a great looking MPV".
We were skeptical about reporting on MPVs, but we had to post this one again when we saw the windshield. The No 3 Concept features a windshield that is continuous piece of glass that isn’t supported until it is out of the driver’s sight line. Of course this is only for the concept and won’t make it to a production car. Still, that’s a cool little innovation that we wouldn’t mind in a car, that is until a rock cracks it; and we have to pay the replacement costs.
Press release after the jump.
Kia unveiled today at the Geneva Motor Show the three SOUL Concepts - all three being closely related to a new production car which will make its World Premiere at the Paris Show in September.
The three Soul Concepts are: Diva, Burner and Searcher. The Kia SOUL Diva has been created as a fashion accessory for a style-conscious young-at-heart woman who regards her car to be as important as her entire outfit. SOUL Diva is like a supermodel with an aura of glamour, a bit flashy but playful and fun!
The Burner is the ´bad boy´ of Kia´s three new concept characters. A ´show-off´ complete with dragon tattoos. From the outside, it is a mean, totally black beast with sparse flashes of scarlet. The tattoos are gloss black on the black satin paintwork, which shows a large dragon creeping over the bonnet. On the other side, a small dragon climbs up the C-Pillar.
The Searcher is the concept that provides a haven of tranquility within the urban jungle, a comfort-zone on four wheels. It sets out to capture the spirit of Korean and Far Eastern culture with a focus on achieving personal inner peace and creating a calm cocoon for the occupants. Exuding casual confidence, the colors are muted, the textures are soft and the road presence is discreet.
Press release after the jump.
Kia’s exciting all-new ex_cee’d cabrio concept car will be premiered at the 77th Salon de l’Automobiles in Geneva, Switzerland on 6 March. The styling of the eagerly anticipated ex_cee’d cabrio is the work of Peter Schreyer, Kia’s new Chief Design Officer, and hints at the future direction Kia vehicles could be taking under his guidance. Based on the new three-door cee’d hatchback, due to go into production at the Zilina factory in Slovakia from December, the ex_cee’d shares the same platform, but features all-new exterior panels and a powered folding fabric roof.
The all-new Kia cee’d wagon will make its world premiere at the 77th Salon de l’Automobiles in Geneva on 6 March. It will be seen in production-ready form for the first time. “The new Kia cee’d wagon retains all the attributes of the cee’d hatchback and offers consumers extra practicality and versatility, with a unique extended tailgate design, while keeping stylish stand-alone good looks with a truly sporty feel,” enthused Mr Jean-Charles Lievens, Senior Vice President Kia Motors Europe.