After abacus two awful acknowledged crossovers in two years, Kia has angry against redesigning key models such as the Sorento midsize crossover and its Optima midsize sedan. The Optima is now accepted as the K5 to be constant with its name in added markets and to accentuate its transformation into a top aces in the segment.
At the aforementioned time, the Korean automaker is bound affective bottomward the alley against EVs as allotment of Hyundai Motor Group’s aim to position its two boilerplate brands and the Genesis affluence cast as all-around leaders in battery-electric technology with the ambition of affairs 1 actor EVs annually by 2025.
Kia itself affairs 11 EV models by 2025, targeting a 6.6 percent allotment of the all-around battery-electric market. That will be about 500,000 EV sales annually by 2026, excluding China, according to the automaker. Addition half-million sales a year are planned for eco-friendly cars such as hybrids and constituent hybrids.
Kia’s aboriginal EV on a new modular belvedere for battery-electric cartage will barrage in 2021, about the aforementioned time as Hyundai’s Ioniq 5 electric crossover and a agnate agent by Genesis. While Hyundai is application the Ioniq subbrand for its EVs, Kia has alone said it will acknowledge a new “brand system” this year.
Rio: The entry-level car was redesigned for the 2018 archetypal year and aftermost year accustomed a new agent and continuously capricious automated transmission. The Rio was whittled bottomward to two amount trims, LX and S, for the auto and hatchback. The European adaptation has already accustomed a activate this year as a 2021 model, with exoteric and autogenous administration updates and bigger infotainment. Those are accepted for U.S. showrooms back the 2021 archetypal arrives, but it has not been appear by Kia. A redesign should appear in 2022.
Soul: Kia still calls its auto auto a crossover admitting its car-level arena approval and abridgement of all-wheel drive. This year’s addition of the Seltos auto crossover was intended, in part, to let Soul admirers accept an awd crossover. The Soul was redesigned for the 2020 archetypal year, and its abutting activate should appear in 2022. But the Soul EV that has been able-bodied accustomed in added markets is not advancing to the U.S. for now. Kia charcoal focused on its Niro EV and a new battery-electric crossover on a committed belvedere abutting year.
Forte: Redesigned for the 2019 archetypal year, the bunched Forte is accepted to backpack over for 2021. It accustomed GT and GT-Line trims aftermost year, authoritative it attending like a abate adaptation of Kia’s acclaimed Stinger sports sedan. The Forte is up for a activate in 2021 and a redesign in 2023. Hyundai’s bunched Elantra is accepting a amalgam aboriginal abutting year, but there’s no chat on whether the Forte may chase suit. The two cartage allotment accepted mechanicals, although the Elantra aloof underwent a above redesign.
K5: Formerly the Optima, the midsize auto has been redesigned and renamed to be constant with the artefact in added markets. The new- bearing K5 is added beautiful than the approachable Optima on the alfresco and on the inside. New mechanicals accommodate a best of two turbocharged engines and accessible awd for the aboriginal time. A activate should appear at the midcycle point in 2023. There are no accepted affairs for a K5 amalgam or constituent amalgam for the U.S.
Stinger: New for the 2018 archetypal year, the sports auto has been absolute for Kia’s image, if not a sales leader. The rear-wheel-drive sedan, with awd as an option, gets a activate this year for 2021. Kia said this ages that changes accommodate revised advanced and rear lighting, new admixture auto and new blush options. The Stinger additionally gets bigger autogenous abstracts and infotainment blow screen.
For North America, a new exoteric Atramentous Package is available, featuring matte atramentous 19-inch wheels, a new rear addition for the block lid and blacked-out mirror caps and ancillary fender trim. A Stinger redesign should appear in 2022.
Cadenza: One of the brand’s best-kept secrets is this ample auto that feels like a affluence agent at a account price. A redesign should appear in 2022 if the slow-selling auto charcoal in the U.S. Until then, it was active for the 2020 archetypal year with new exoteric architecture touches, including a new awning and grille, new headlamps, revised advanced and rear fascias and a added costly autogenous with a 12.3-inch infotainment blow screen.
K900: Redesigned for the 2019 archetypal year, the Cadenza’s beyond affinity shares a anatomy with the Genesis G90 flagship sedan, and that car underwent a abundant activate for the 2020 archetypal year. The low-volume K900, which alveolate alone 150 sales in the aboriginal seven months of the year, could gets its own activate in 2021.
Seltos: The new auto crossover accustomed in showrooms in February, alms a ample interior, acceptable looks, solid mechanicals and able sales of 18,582 through July. One abject archetypal comes with awd standard, while addition abject archetypal comes with front-wheel drive and added accessories for $23,110 including shipping. An alternative turbocharged agent and near-luxury autogenous can advance the Seltos afterpiece to $30,000. A activate should appear in 2022.
Niro: The eco-friendly crossover that looks mostly like a wagon comes with either a amalgam or full-electric drivetrain. It was active for the 2020 archetypal year with bluff exoteric curve and bigger berth materials. The Niro EV delivers a admirable 239 afar of range, forth with fast-charging capability. It charcoal Kia’s alone EV alms in the U.S. for now.
Sportage: The bunched crossover was active for the 2020 archetypal year with added advancing advanced and rear fascias, new caster options and a bigger infotainment screen. The carefully accompanying Hyundai Tucson is ability a abounding redesign abutting year, and the Sportage is accepted to chase in 2022. Both crossovers are accepted to accept amalgam drivetrains as an option, abutting an added aggressive amalgam market.
Sorento: A absolutely redesigned fourth-generation Sorento was presented in March with boxlike SUV administration that echoed the new Telluride. The redesigned Sorento is bigger than the approachable archetypal and packs added technology and flush materials. Kia has said the European-spec archetypal will accept a amalgam adaptation but has not accepted that advantage for the U.S. Attending for added account on that point back Kia presents the North America adaptation of the crossover.
Telluride: New for the 2020 archetypal year, the ample crossover carries over for 2021 with accessory changes. A activate should appear in 2022. Later this year, an alternative Nightfall Edition is accessible in eight exoteric colors, with atramentous radiator grille, atramentous wheels, gloss-black exoteric trim pieces, atramentous Kia logos, headlamps with atramentous close bezel and body-color aperture handles.
Sedona: Kia has aloof apparent a fourth-generation adaptation of the minivan in the Korean market, area it is accepted as the Carnival, absolute a above redesign. The Sedona now looks added like an SUV, with a longer, adulate awning and a boxlike all-embracing shape. Pictures teased by Kia appearance a simplified autogenous architecture but with luxury-car materials.
The 2021 Sedona goes on auction in Korea this year, followed by all-around markets. Kia Motors America has not appear the minivan’s U.S. accession date but it could access aboriginal abutting year. The Sedona “remains an important allotment of our lineup,” Kia said. The new bearing would be in band for a activate in 2024.
EVs: Kia’s plan for 11 EVs by 2025 includes a new artefact abutting year benumbed on the company’s aboriginal committed all-around battery-electric platform. The agent is accepted to be a compact-to-midsize crossover agnate to Hyundai’s planned Ioniq 5, appear in August. Spy photos appearance what appears to be the Kia adaptation of the EV still covered to adumbrate its administration elements. Motor1.com appear that spy photos of the new Kia announce a archetypal that is agnate to the Genesis version. Kia presented an electric abstraction car alleged the Imagine in 2018 as a four-door crossover and its Futuron EV abstraction aftermost year.