The new KIA K5 has been presented in the United States. A new generation saloon that will reach the North American market with very interesting novelties and a clear objective, to replace the veteran Optima that will not have continuity. The range will feature the GT variant that will offer a sportier approach.
KIA has presented its interesting new saloon in the United States. The new KIA K5 2021 has entered the scene generating a lot of interest since it will land in dealerships with a very clear objective, to occupy the position that the Optima has held to date. A veteran model that will not have continuity and, therefore, its name will soon disappear from the KIA range.
Initially, it debuted in South Korea and now it does the same in what will be one of its main markets. Supported by the new N3 platform, the K5 is a new generation saloon that will quickly catch our attention thanks to the design applied to it. And it is that it adopts the new design philosophy that KIA is using for all its new models.
On the front, the «tiger-nose» grille stands out, together with some stylized optical groups that use LED technology. We must also make a special mention of the luminous sign of the lights for daytime running. The bodywork draws a more fluid line and adopts a position that transmits greater character and above all, dynamic behavior.
If we put the crosshair behind, we will find some optical groups connected by a thin LED bar. Other details to note are the rear diffuser and the trims that simulate being an exhaust outlet.
Leaving the exterior aside, if we venture inside the new K5 we will be enveloped by a comfortable and elegant environment. It is also obvious that the technological equipment is very complete. It is striking the touch screen that can be up to 10.25 inches to operate the new infotainment system. A multimedia platform that is compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
We will be able to access numerous online digital services. The wireless charging system will prevent us from running out of the mobile phone. The list of driving assistance systems is very comprehensive and among other functions, we have a lane-keeping assistant, rear cross-traffic collision prevention assistant, adaptive cruise control, and the frontal collision prevention, assistant. Another novelty is an ambient sound system to create a relaxing environment.
Under the hood will be a 184-liter (180 hp) T-GDi 1.6-liter gasoline engine with 264 Nm of maximum torque associated with an eight-ratio automatic transmission. As standard, it will present a front-wheel-drive configuration but KIA plans go through offering the possibility of opting for an all-wheel-drive system for said engine.
KIA K5 GT, sporty air and superior performance
The top of the range option will be the new K5 GT. A variant that will be characterized by giving the new K5 a more sporty and dynamic exterior and interior appearance, while under its hood there will be a specific engine. It will also bring with it a series of complete equipment to avoid missing anything.
Regarding the mechanical section of the new K5 GT, we will find a 2.5-liter T-GDi gasoline engine with 294 hp (290 hp) and 421 Nm of maximum torque. The block is associated with an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox. It will be able to accelerate from 0 to 100 km / h in about 6 seconds.
When will it go on sale? Sales of the new K5 in the US market will begin this summer. The range will consist of four levels of finish. They are as follows: LX, LXS, GT-Line, and EX. To these completions, we must add the aforementioned K5 GT variant that will land in dealerships in the fall of 2020.
The new KIA K5 will not arrive in Europe
If the K5 is positioned as the replacement for the KIA Optima, does this mean that it will hit the European market? The truth is that we have bad news. KIA’s plans do not include the launch of the new K5 in Europe. Therefore, the Optima will have no continuity and once its commercial life cycle is exhausted, it will disappear from our dealers. This was stated by Emilio Herrera, Director of Operations of KIA Europe.
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The Optima is currently one of the least popular KIA models in Spain. Only 447 units were sold in 2019, a figure that contrasts sharply with the 12,045 KIA Ceed registered specimens. Unfortunately, in a short time, we will witness the disappearance of Optima from European territory. These are not good times for saloons on the old continent.