There’s big account for Kia’s calendar this year, and SUVs are authoritative the better splash. From the basal of the lineup, Kia alien a new auto SUV for 2021, the Seltos. Near the added end, the Sorento three-row SUV additionally got a cogent amend for 2021.
Also of agenda is the 2021 K5 sedan, which replaces the Optima in the automaker’s lineup. The blow of the brand’s cartage get beneath absorption for 2021, but best models still see accessory updates.
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Here’s aggregate we apperceive about what’s new with Kia for the 2021 archetypal year:
Kia renamed its mid-size auto for 2021 and gave it a absolute update. The Optima is now the K5, which is what it’s been alleged worldwide. The auto gets new engines, as able-bodied as a continued account of autogenous and technology updates. Best models get a 180-horsepower, turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder. Sport-oriented GT models use a 290-hp, turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder. All-wheel drive is alternative this year, a aboriginal for the Optima-turned-K5.
On the tech front, the new K5 gets an accessible alien acute parking system, which allows the disciplinarian to move the car out of a front-and-back parking space.
Kia’s bunched Forte auto gets added accepted actualization for 2021. The Forte EX, a higher-end offering, gets accepted navigation, a exceptional audio system, wireless smartphone charging and a ability moonroof. Blind atom blow admonishing and rear cross-traffic admonishing systems are accepted on GT Turbo trims with the automated chiral (this was already accepted on chiral models).
Kia’s Sedona minivan carries over with no new changes or affection additions, but it loses some autogenous and exoteric blush options for 2021. A new adaptation is accepted for 2022.
Kia added a new SUV to the calendar for 2021: The Seltos is almost the aforementioned acme and amplitude as the Soul hatchback, but it’s about 7 inches longer. It’s 4.4 inches beneath than the Sportage bunched SUV.
In ascendance order, LX, S, EX and SX trim levels are available, and all-wheel drive is accepted on all but the S, which has accepted front-wheel drive (AWD is a $1,500 option). Ability comes from a 146-hp, 2.0-liter four-cylinder agent commutual with a continuously capricious automated transmission. The uplevel agent is a 175-hp, turbocharged 1.6-liter agent akin to a seven-speed, dual-clutch automatic.
The abate of Kia’s brace of three-row SUVs gets a big amend for 2021. The Sorento rides a new belvedere and gets a above administration update. It additionally adds amalgam and plug-in-hybrid powertrains to the lineup, as able-bodied as added accepted assurance actualization and a asperous off-road adaptation alleged the X-Line.
Under the awning are a few choices. Base models use a 191-hp, 2.5-liter commutual with an eight-speed automated transmission. A 281-hp, turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder is additionally accessible and commutual with a new eight-speed, dual-clutch automatic. Last year’s V-6 is gone. The amalgam gets ability from a adaptation of Kia’s 1.6-liter four-cylinder, which pairs with an electric motor for a absolute arrangement achievement of 227 hp; it uses a six-speed automated transmission.
Inside, the Sorento has allowance for six or seven occupants beyond three rows. Second-row captain’s chairs are available, or you can get a bank bench that fits three; the third row has two seats and added amplitude than before, acknowledgment to the redesign. The autogenous gets a tech revamp, too, with the availability of Kia’s behemothic 10.25-inch touchscreen; after it, an 8-inch awning is standard.
Kia’s bunched Sportage SUV gets two anew accessible Nightfall Edition actualization bales for S trims that includes piano-black exoteric trim, different 18-inch admixture auto and associated badges. All added trims — in ascendance adjustment the LX, EX and SX Turbo — backpack over.
Kia’s boxlike Soul auto gets added accepted assurance features, as able-bodied as some accessories shuffling, for 2021. The rear-occupant aperture active is now standard. In affection updates, X-Line and GT-Line models get new shock valves for an bigger ride; the keyfob for EX and Turbo trims now includes chip alien start; and Turbo models get revised badges on the grille, council caster and liftgate.
Kia’s achievement sedan, the Stinger, gets one accessory amend for 2021: A red autogenous is now accessible on V-6 Panthera Gray models.
Kia’s better SUV was alien for model-year 2020. For 2021 the Telluride gets some accessory accessories upgrades. All trims now get a seven-pin bivouac accouter (up from a four-pin unit) as able-bodied as a alien alpha button on the keyfob.
In ascendance order, trim levels are the LX, S, EX and SX. For EX models, LED headlights accompany the EX Exceptional Package; a Nightfall Edition actualization amalgamation is accessible for EX and SX versions;, and Black Copper is a new exoteric blush this year for S and EX models. Lastly, Sangria is a new exoteric blush accessible for SX trims.
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