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2020 Kia Ceed Crossover

2020 Kia Ceed Crossover

Kia will soon launch an all-new high-riding crossover model based on its Ceed hatchback and, thanks to the first batch of spy photos showing a camouflaged prototype, we can start to tell you what it’s going to be like. The plan for this model is to slot in between the Stonic and Sportage in the Kia range, although judging by its overall shape it looks like a more hatchback-like crossover (like the Stonic) and not a more SUV-like model such as the larger Sportage. There’s definitely a new Kia Ceed look about this as of yet unnamed model, although it does look quite a bit higher than the regular hatch model. The automaker really wanted us not to see the details, so it covered the front and rear fascias with especially heavy camouflage that doesn’t really allow us to see anything.

We can, however, spot that it will have a similar face to the Ceed (the latest Kia family face), complete with headlights and grille that look similar to those of the hatch.

This model will go up against models such as the Ford Focus Active or Subaru Crosstrek (also known as the XV), some of which have all-wheel drive, others not - in this example, for instance, the Subaru has it as standard, while the Ford doesn’t get it at all and the big question with this Ceed crossover is whether or not it will be offered as an option; it definitely won’t have standard all-wheel drive like the Subaru, that’s for sure.

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2019 Kia Telluride

2019 Kia Telluride

Kia’s contender for the full-sized SUV market

A lot has happened since Kia showcased the Telluride Concept at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show, and at the time, we were told that it was a “theoretical exercise.” For the longest time, the trail went cold but the SUV market continued to grow and, to little surprise, we eventually got our hands on some spy shots of a large KIA SUV being put through the paces. With that in mind, you’re looking at a three-row, eight-seater SUV with will serve as a flagship of Kia’s SUV lineup. It has changed dramatically so far, so let’s dive on in and see what we can make out!

Update 9/10/2018: Kia has chosen to debut the new Telluride, full-size SUV as a concept-like one-off during New York Fashion Week. Check out our special section below to see the first shots of it and learn about what we know about the production model thus far.

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2019 Kia ProCeed GT

2019 Kia ProCeed GT

Korean automaker’s new five-door fastback model is getting a lot of hype

There’s a lot of excitement surrounding the arrival of the Kia Proceed, and new spy shots of the sporty GT model has given rise to more speculation that the five-door fastback model is getting closer to its launch date. Kia hasn’t confirmed when that’s going to be, but all signs point to the 2018 Paris Motor Show in October. If that ends up being the case, these spy photos of the five-door Proceed are arriving at just the right time.

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2018 Kia Stonic

2018 Kia Stonic

Kia’s very own Juke

Korean automaker Kia has expanded its lineup at an amazing rate in recent years, tackling numerous segments that it has ignored in the past. It also launched increasingly better vehicles in the last decade, to the extent that it can now give more established brands a run for their money in Europe and the United States. But Kia isn’t stopping here and now wants to enter the mini-SUV market. It will do so in late 2017 with the Stonic, a small crossover that will share underpinnings with a similar vehicle from sister company Hyundai. The Stonic will tackle the likes of the Nissan Juke and Mazda CX-3, joining the Sportage and Sorento in the lineup.

Scheduled to go on sale in the third quarter of 2017, the Stonic is a small crossover based on the Rio and shares underpinnings with the tiny hatchback. It mirrors the Kia inside too, while the exterior borrows numerous features, blending them with unique cues that gives the Stonic an identity of its own. Sporty on the outside, modern on the inside, and packed with the latest technology for road-going cars, the Stonic seems to have all the attributes required by the mini SUV market and then some.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2018 Kia Stonic.

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2016 Kia Sportage Spied Inside And Out: Spy Shots

2016 Kia Sportage Spied Inside And Out: Spy Shots

Introduced in 2010, the third-gen 2011 Kia Sportage now stands as the oldest model in Kia’s vehicle lineup, but that won’t be the case for much longer. New spy shots captured near Hyundai’s European technical center give us a more revealing look at the next-generation 2016 Kia Sportage, both inside and out, ahead of an expected global debut next month in Korea.

Though it’s still wearing heavy camouflage, it is easy to see that this new Kia Sportage will be an evolution of the current design. This is evidenced by the fact that this prototype reveals a similar roofline and side window opening as today’s Sportage, but it does so with some obvious length added. The new Kia Sportage will continue to share its platform with the new Hyundai Tucson, which recently debuted with proportions that are longer and wider than its predecessor.

The upcoming Kia Sportage will definitely get a fresh look, with a completely restyled front end that includes a more upright version of the Kia tiger nose grille, and new fascia, fenders, headlights and hood. Likewise, the rear of the Sportage will have a restyled fascia and liftgate to tie in with newer Kia designs. The biggest story about these spy shots is the interior showing a completely redesigned cabin, with a new instrument panel, gauges, center console and even seats.

Still unknown is the powertrains that this Kia Sportage will offer, but looking at the 2016 Hyundai Tucson gives us some good clues. European customers will have a broader range, including a 1.6-liter turbocharged gasoline four-cylinder as the base engine and an optional 1.7-liter diesel, and the U.S.-spec will likely bring the Tucson’s base 2.0-liter direct-injected four-cylinder paired to a six-speed automatic and an optional 1.6-liter turbo and direct-injected four-cylinder mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic.

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Spy Shots: 2014 Kia Soul Caught Testing in Sweden

Launched at the 2008 Paris Motor Show, the Kia Soul has soon become one of the best-sold models from Kia in the U.S. The model received its first facelift last year, and now the company decided to bring an all-new model in order to keep interest at top.

Even though the car is heavily camouflaged, it looks like the roofline is slightly lower on the new Soul and the body seems to be a little wider. These updates will offer the new Soul a more masculine appearance.

Other updates includes a typical Kia grille moved up a bit, bigger air intakes, plus redesigned headlamps that now look more square and it received an LED stripe on top. On the interior, it looks like the dashboard has also been redesigned.

Under the hood, you should expect the same engine lineup and transmissions as the one used in the new Kia Cee’d.

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Spy shots: 2014 Kia pro cee’d GT Caught Testing

Just days ago, Kia unveiled the first details on the upcoming pro_cee’d GT and now our spy photographers have caught the car testing for the first time. As you can see the GT is still heavily camouflaged, meaning there is likely very slim chances of seeing it launched before the second half of 2013. The model will be available in five-door and three-door versions.

When compared to a standard pro_cee’d, the GT version will receive different grille, revised headlights and sportier bumpers with LED daytime running lights. On the back end, the car will receive a pair of larger exhaust pipes and it will sit on a set of 18-inch wheels combined with red brake calipers. On the inside, Kia will fit in Recaro seats and aluminum trimming – not too shabby for a company that once produced throw-away econo-boxes.

Pro_cee’d GT will sit atop an updated chassis and will milk power from a 1.6-liter turbocharged GDI engine that delivers a total of 201 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of twist. If that engine sounds eerily familiar, well, it should; it’s the same 4-pot you’ll find under the Hyundai Veloster Turbo’s hood. The engine mates to a six-speed manual gearbox and will sprint the car from 0 to 62 mph in just 7.9 seconds – just about the same 0-to-60 time as its Veloster cousin.

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Spy Shots: New Kia Sorento Strips Down

Ever since the beginning of 2012, the next generation Kia Sorento has been caught testing a few times, but the SUV was heavily camouflaged every single time. Now, it seems as though the stripping process has begun for the Sorento, as new spy shots reveal the prototype without the traditional Kia/Hyundai sack at the front and back.

As we have previously reported, the next Sorento will feature some design elements inspired by the new generation C’eed, including its new designed headlights with LED day driving lights and new front and rear bumpers. The interior will also get higher quality materials and new technologies.

As for the engine lineup, Kia is still keeping the power sources a secret, but we expect to see the same choices of four-cylinder and V6 engines with updates to improve both the final output and fuel economy.

The next generation Kia Sorento is expected to be unveiled sometime in 2013.

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Spy Shots: Kia Sorento facelift goes testing at the Nurburgring

The Nurburgring has been extremely crowded these past few days with new prototypes taking their turn burning up the track and finishing up their testing. The latest car spotted isn’t exactly killing any speed records, but it will tickle the fancy of soccer moms everywhere. The new Kia Sorento facelift was spotted testing for the first time back in February somewhere in Sweden, but this new prototype has been stripped of that awkward sack up front and also appears to have different rear light graphics.

As previously reported, the future Sorento will feature the same design language as seen in the recently announced C’eed, including its new designed headlights with LED day driving lights and new front and rear bumpers. The interior will also be heavily modified in order to make it a more competitive model in the SUV market.

As far as power is concerned, we are still in the dark as to if any changes will be made. The current model is powered by a choice of two engines: a 2.4 Liter four cylinder engine that delivers 175 HP and 169 lb-ft of torque and a more powerful 3.5 Liter V6 engine making 276 HP and 248 lb-ft of torque. Both are coupled to Kia’s six speed automatic transmission. Worst case scenario is that the same engine choices will be offered, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing at this point.

We’ll keep you updated on the newest information concerning the 2013 Kia Sorento, so stay tuned!

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2013 Kia Quoris

2013 Kia Quoris

A few years ago, if anyone had said that Kia and Hyundai would end up producing vehicles that would target luxury models from the likes of Audi, BMW, and Mercedes, many people probably would have laughed in their faces. Now, the two companies are chipping away at their cheaper car reputation and we have a series of new spy shots to prove it. The vehicle seen here is the new Kia Quoris (known as the K9 internally), as it takes its turn in Northern Sweden for some winter testing.

Known as the Maserati Quattroporte from Korea (weird), the Kia Quoris will be based on the rear wheel drive platform from the Hyundai Genesis sedan and will take most of its design cues from the recently announced GT Concept, including the concept’s full LED headlights.

The engine line-up will include a series of three petrol engines, plus a diesel for the European market. The entry-level will use a 3.8 liter V6 engine that will deliver about 333 HP, then there will be a 4.6 liter V8 version delivering 385 HP, and the top model will use a 5.0 liter V8 with a powerful 429 HP. The engines will be offered with a choice of an 8-speed automatic transmission, but a new 10-speed automatic transmission that is currently under development could find its way in the K9 as well.

The new Kia Quoris will make its world debut at the end of 2012 as a 2013 model.

UPDATE 04/02/2012: Kia has unveiled a new video featuring Peter Schreyer explaining the design of their new K9 sedan. He shares his thoughts and philosophies about coming up with one perfect design while drawing a brief sketch of Kia’s new flagship sedan, code-named KH. He says his dream, Kia’s dream, and customers’ dream have come true with the KH. Hit the jump for the video!

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2013 Kia Cee'd MPV

2013 Kia Cee’d MPV

At the 2012 Geneva Motor Show next week, Kia will unveil the new generation Cee’d hatchback, but they already have another variant in the works. An MPV/Crossover model will also be offered to serve as Kia’s version of the upcoming Hyundai ix30 and it has just been caught testing for the first time.

The new Kia Cee’d MPV will be built on the same platform as the upcoming Hyundai ix30 and will come as a replacement for the Carens/Rondo. The new model will be offered in both 5 and 7 seat configurations and will feature a more conventional design language than the Hyundai ix30. Expect to see an exterior design similar to the one already previewed by the new Cee’d hatchback with Kia’s new trademark "tiger-nose" grille and aggressive, wraparound headlamp clusters housing signature LED daytime running lights.

The new Cee’d MPV will be unveiled sometime in 2013 and will be fighting against the Volkswagen Touran, the Ford C-Max, and the Mazda 5, among others.

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Kia Proport Concept

Kia Proport Concept

Sometimes, it’s just about letting our imaginations run wild. Without the restrictions of real world regulations, there’s no telling what kind of concept car lurks in the deep recesses of our minds. For designers like Mohammad R. Shojaie, channeling those thoughts and putting ink on them is easier compared to the less-capable designers out there like us.

In this instance, Shojaie takes a brand that’s not known for being sporty and gives them a concept car that’s got edge and aggression written all over it. Calling it the Kia Proport – it’s an amalgamation of Pro plus Sport without the “S” – Shojale’s concept is a completely different take from the current design language Kia is doing these days. Translation: you won’t mistake this concept for a family car.

The swooping lines and aggressive treatment define Shojale’s work of art. The artist didn’t mention any technical specifications, but he did come out with something that all of us would want Kia to make someday. And since, the brand is looking into building a sports car in the near future, let’s all hope that they take a look at what MR. Shojaie has done for them.

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2011 Kia Optima spotted in the streets of Korea

2011 Kia Optima spotted in the streets of Korea

A spyshot of the new Kia Optima – or K5, or Magentis depending on which part of the world you live in – was recently spotted roaming around the streets of Korea.

According to CarBlogger, the spotted Optima is, in all likelihood, Kia’s base model for the car as evidenced by those undersized wheels. In any event, all the speculations surrounding this car – and maybe we’ll get some clarity on what to call it – will be answered at the New York Motor Show in a few weeks time.

Until then, we’ll settle for spy shots – or in this case, a spy shot – of a car that we’ve been waiting a long time to get a hold of.

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Kia Magentis to make debut at the New York Auto Show

Kia Magentis to make debut at the New York Auto Show

The US market may know it by another name – the Kia Optima – but in other parts of the world, it goes by its other tag, the Kia Magentis, and according to the folks over at Kia, it’s officially bound for the New York Motor Show.

In addition to announcing the venue for the 2011 Magentis’ world debut, teaser sketches of the new Magentis were released. The car, at least as far as we’re concerned, looks a lot sharper and more streamlined than it’s big brother – and fellow new release – the 2011 Cadenza.

According to Kia, the 2011 Magentis will be longer and wider than its predecessor and as a result, will carry a significant increase in cabin space.

Following its debut in New York in April, the Magentis is scheduled for a US release later this year – possibly around fall – and with a Europe release in the spring of 2011.

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Teaser sketch of Kia's new luxury car revealed in South Korea

Teaser sketch of Kia’s new luxury car revealed in South Korea

Kia’s foray to the luxury-car market took a step forward when the brand revealed a sketch of the ‘K9’ at a design conference in its homeland of South Korea last week.

Unveiled by the company’s chief designer Peter Schreyer – the same man behind Audi’s enormously-successful Audi TT – the ‘K9’ is expected to be Kia’s entry to the world of luxury sedans where it is expected to go up against highly-touted cars like the 2010 BMW 7-Series and the 2011 Audi A8.
While there are no concrete details about the car except for the little sketch that was revealed, there are rumors that the ‘K9’ – the car’s real name has yet to be revealed – is going to have a V8 engine and an 8-speed automatic gearbox.

Like we said, information has so far been scarce, but as soon as any developments surrounding this car comes out, we’ll be sure to keep everyone updated.

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Kia Soul spotted

Kia Soul spotted

The Kia Soul is the Korean company’s latest attempt at delivering a big package for a small price. The vehicle that made it’s U.S. debut at the L.A. Auto Show was spotted on the opposite coast driving towards Miami Beach, soaking up some that South Florida sunshine.

Kia’s television ads, that can be seen on the car’s website, promise to deliver an alternative from the ordinary everyday people mover. The problem most manufacturers face when attempting this is that they release a design that is so far out there that consumers are hesitant to be seen in one. That is not the case with the Soul. The vehicle is a box, but the way that the designers have been able to mix the squared shape with round edges and bulging curves makes for an attractive design.

The Soul will compete directly against Toyota’s Scion xB. Starting at around $13,000, the Kia’s low entry price should make it attractive purchase for both young and old car buyers. With the growing trend of small crossovers that offer similar cargo capacity to their larger counterparts while consuming less gasoline, combined with the vehicle’s styling should make the Kia Soul a hit.

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2010 Kia VG rendering

2010 Kia VG rendering

Kia is currently developing a near-luxury sedan that is set to debut in at the end of 2009. And according to Kia World it might look like the picture above. Spy shots taken in Death Valley and South Korea revealed that the car is already well into development.

The 2010 VG should be Kia’s U.S. replacement for the Amanti sedan. Under the hood there will be a direct-injection, 3.8-liter Lambda V6 engine.

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2009 Kia Soul – new spy shot

2009 Kia Soul – new spy shot

Here’s a new spy shot of the Kia Soul caught testing without any camouflaging. The photo by Brenda Priddy & CO. shows that the little Soul should keep close to the previews when the cars debuts this October at the Paris Motor Show.

A 1.6-liter engine in both gas and diesel forms will power this replacement for the Rio 5. Both power units are based closely on the 16-valve DOHC engines fitted to the acclaimed European-built, Kia cee´d. The car should be available in the U.S. by April of next year.

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2009 Kia Soul spy video

2009 Kia Soul spy video

It looks like Kia is on the right track with the new Soul. This spy video shows an original design that seems to make the most of its compact space. The Soul will have its official debut this October at the Paris Auto Show.

It will be powered by a 1.6-liter engine in gas and diesel forms. Both power units are based closely on the 16-valve DOHC engines fitted to the acclaimed European-built, Kia cee´d.

Sales on the US market will begin in April 2009.


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Kia Soul Spy shots

Kia Soul Spy shots

Kia announced that the SOUL (previewed by the three concepts at the Geneva Motor Show) will make its world debut this autumn at the Paris Auto Show. A first official image was release few days ago, and now here are the latest spy shots.

Kia Soul will compete with the Mini and Fiat 500 and will go on sale with a price of £7,000.

The three concept cars – SOUL Burner, SOUL Diva and SOUL Searcher – were created by Kia´s European design team led by Gregory Guillaume, under the guidance of Kia´s Chief Design Officer, Peter Schreyer. They were developed from the original SOUL concept car designed jointly by Kia´s California and Korea design studios and unveiled in 2006 at Detroit.

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