We Don’t Know Why, But Kia Is Doing Stunts with the new K5 (Optima) Sedan
For the 2021 model, Kia redesigned the Optima inside out and gave it a new moniker as well – K5. The South Korean automaker is marketing this revised package as a sporty sedan, and perhaps, that explains the reason behind this new video.
Kia released a short forty-second clip that shows the K5 doing a flat-spin. It looks like the automaker wants to break the association of the repackaged sedan as just an executive car used by owners to be chauffeured around and more like the car you can also have fun with over the weekends.
2021 Kia Stinger – Revitalized and Enhanced
In Mid-April we reported that the second-gen Kia Stinger was coming for the 2021 model year, but just a week or two later, we found out that the Kia Stinger might end up being canceled, along with hopes that a second-generation model would arrive. Then, in May of 2020, we learned that the next-gen Kia Stinger was delayed and might morph into an all-electric vehicle, but a facelifted model would launch in late 2020 as a 2021 model. Now, Kia has released a handful of images so we can see what the slightly refreshed Stinger looks like and we have a few tidbits of information to share. The real question, however, is whether or not the 2021 Kia Stinger will end up with updated, more powerful engines.
2021 Kia K5
It’s been almost a decade since Kia introduced the 2011 Optima in the U.S. and the time has come for a generation swap. Call it a model swap, actually, as the new 2021 Kia K5 mid-size saloon is here to take over from where the Optima left off.
Kia will assemble the K5 next to the crisp-looking Telluride SUV at its plant in West Point, Georgia. Before the first cars roll off the production line, let’s look at what customers will be getting from the 2021 K5 sedan.
In Order to Survive, The Next-Gen Kia Stinger Will Drastically Evolve in Unexpected Ways
In less than one month, we’ve gone from telling you that much better Kia Stinger is coming in 2021 to reporting that the Stinger is in trouble and may disappear entirely in the next few years. Now, a recent conversation between Top Gear and Kia’s Design Boss, Karim Habib, has taught us that the Stinger will be facelifted for 2021 but what happens after that could change your view on the Stinger forever.
A New Report Says the Kia Stinger is in Trouble
About a week ago, in the middle of April 2020, we told you that you should hold off on buying a new Kia Stinger because the next-gen 2021 Stinger was going to be so much better. The highlights of the next-gen model were said to include a larger, more powerful four-cylinder in the base model with the high-end model expected to see some tweaks, power upgrades, and improved technology. Now, a new report out of South Korea has cast shade on the previous report in the very worst way. As it turns out, the Kia Stinger might not be long for this world….at least not in the short term.
Don’t Buy a Kia Stinger Now – Something Much Better is Coming in 2021
When I witnessed Kia pull the sheet off the 2018 Stinger, I was both shocked and confused. Two questions hit me like a kick to the teeth: How did the decision to built a sports sedan pass the higher-ups when SUVs seem to be the big focus right now, and secondly, how the hell is Kia expecting to compete with the Germans? Well, an hour or so later, I sat down inside the Stinger and immediately I realized it was significantly more comfortable that the new BMW 5 Series I had just sat in. Then a few months later, I got behind the wheel of one, and sure enough, the Stinger was a BMW, Mercedes, and Audi Fighter through and through. Kia did it. The company managed to put itself in a position to compete with other luxury and performance brands. However, the Stinger hasn’t exactly lived up to sales expectations, and new reports are indicating that Kia is about to do something about it. Something big, as a matter of fact.
2020 Kia Cadenza
Kia Enters The Exclusivity Ring With the Special Edition 2020 Kia Stinger GTS
The Kia Stinger GT has really been impressing reviewers and buyers alike ever since it was launched with its blend of bold styling, great quality and, last but not least, a rewarding, sporty driving experience. Now Kia intends to make the latter even better as it’s just introduced a more exclusive Stinger GTS at the 2019 New York Auto Show.
2019 ‘Imagine by Kia’ Electric Concept Previews a Promising Design Future for Kia
Kia caused a stir in the weeks leading up the Geneva Motor Show with a teaser image that featured no less than 21 digital screens in its concept. Judgment day finally arrived and the concept, called Imagine by Kia, turned out to be quite the contradiction in it of itself. On the surface, the concept looks the part of a real concept, and a beautiful one, too. It’s emotional in a sense that it makes you feel something about, which, I suppose, is what Kia was going for in the first place. But just as the concept’s exterior looks the part of one, the interior takes the concept-car ideology to a different. At the end of the day, Imagine by Kia is the automaker’s first EV concept. That still counts for a lot of things from an automaker that’s slowly building upon its electrification plans for the future. How that future will look is up to Kia. But if Imagine by Kia is a sign of things to come, color us intrigued, if not a little confused.
2020 Kia Forte GT
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.
This Kia Stinger Wears its Widebody Kit Well
The Kia Stinger has received a lot of attention since it debuted some two years ago and while at first the attention was mainly due to it being a new model that nobody knew anything about, now it gets attention specifically because people know it’s actually pretty good. But for those that think that the factory look just isn’t aggressive enough, now there’s a bold widebody kit that completely transforms its look.
Kia has brought a bold modified example of its yet to be launched, all-new K900 to the 2018 SEMA show in Las Vegas. The look of the vehicle has been transformed by DUB, a famous name on the aftermarket scene, specializing in big rims and other accessories. However, it seems somebody over at dub is stuck in the year 2002 because the way the car is modified could only be described as droll and old-fashioned by late-2018 standards. Sure, it stands out, but it may not necessarily attract the right kind of attention.
Kia Will Expand Its Electrified Lineup by Turning the 2019 Ceed and Sportage into Plug-In Hybrids
Kia has been one of the top automakers to adopt electrification in its portfolio. At a point where other manufacturers would probably focus on stabilizing the sales of their present electrified models, Kia is relentlessly working towards increasing its fleet of plug-in hybrid models to counter CO2 emission regulations all across the globe. This is what commitment looks like: competition!
Australian Police Department to ’Sting’ Speeding Drivers With The New Kia Sedans
It looks like the automakers and law enforcers are equally serious about each other now. We recently saw Ford with the first ever pursuit-rated hybrid SUV, and now, the Australian Police Department has acquired a fleet of Kia Stingers for highway patrolling. The Fleet is set to replace the Ford Falcons and the Holden Commodores in the PD’s. One-fourth of the 200 cars have already started patrolling the streets of Queensland, and the rest will be added in the near future.
Better Get Used to Seeing Kia’s Tiger Nose Grille - Like BMW’s Kidney Grille, It Isn’t Going Away Any Time Soon
As any marketing person will tell you, building brand recognition is critical to a company’s success. To this end, automakers have a number of strategies to create awareness with customers, including the implementation of a specific design language across a lineup. As such, it appears as though Kia has their “look” set in stone.
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Kia absolutely blew our minds when it pulled the sheet off of the Stinger, and it did so at it put the Germans in check. Fast forward from that moment and the Stinger is alive and well, and it’s priced lower than all of its German competition. It’s a beautiful performance sedan, with plenty of power, tons of comfort and technology, and room to grow in the future if Kia’s up to it. It’s not as unattainable as a Ferrari, Lamborghini, or Maserati is for most of us but it’s beautiful nonetheless, so we’ve decided that it’s worthy of that wallpaper treatment and have handpicked a few just for you. Go ahead and download one of five ;)
Kia is Considering AWD for the Niro and Optima, but the Sedona Will Have to Wait
Kia is looking into the viability of more of its vehicles all-wheel drive as demand for the system grows. Unlike in the past, more customers are now looking for the increased grip that an AWD system provides, and when that kind of demand increases, an automaker like Kia has to listen. Among the models being eyed to get standard AWD in the future include the Optima sedan, the Sedona minivan, and Niro crossover. No decision has been made yet, but Kia is looking at it as a possibility now that customers have become more vocal in their desire to see them on the Kia models that they buy.
Kia May Deal a Stronger Blow to Audi and BMW with Higher-Performance or Premium Stinger Models
You know an automaker has a potential gold mine of a car on its hands when it’s already talking about adding variants to a model that just hit the market. That’s the position Kia is in with the Stinger GT, a car that has caught everyone’s attention in all the right ways. It’s no surprise, then, that Kia is already looking into producing different model variants of the Stinger provided that sales and interest in the four-door saloon remain strong.
The Genesis G70 Thrives Where The Kia K900 Struggles
The new Kia K900 caused a divide here at Top Speed headquarters. Some of us liked the way it looked, but some of us were less thrilled about. By contrast, everyone agreed that the Genesis G70 was designed like a proper luxury sedan. There lies the (perceived) divide between the two saloons. When it comes to all-around design, the G70 takes the cake over the K900.
The Stinger GT Atlantica Adds A Special Feel To Kia’s Mighty Sports Sedan
First introduced just last year at the Detroit Auto Show, the Kia Stinger GT pretty much singlehandedly upended our perception of the South Korean brand’s sporting intentions thanks to its attractive five-door liftback exterior and competitive powertrain spec. Now it looks like Kia is jumping on the special edition bandwagon with the release of the Stinger GT Atlantica, which “celebrates the cross-Atlantic collaboration between the U.S. and the vehicle’s Germany-based development roots and introduces exclusive features not previously offered.” Standout upgrades include new paint and larger wheel designs outside, as well as Nappa leather upholstery for the cabin.
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