Oh, the long and empty highways are made for this, and the drivers behind the wheel must love it. “Adaptive Cruise Control” is also sometimes known as “Smart Cruise Control”. The concept behind the technology and its operation are simple. In the world of self-driving and autonomous cars, semi-autonomy is right around the corner. Right now, vehicles have achieved level 3 autonomy, with adaptive cruise control being one of those systems. Here’s how it works – (1) just like the normal cruise control, the driver sets the speed, (2) the vehicle maintains that speed, and (3) unlike the norm, if the driver’s vehicle starts to approach another vehicle quickly, the vehicle will slow down to a more appropriate speed, and then (4) speed back up accordingly.
The time has come – the Kia Telluride hybrid SUV may just be around the corner. We saw theTelluride spy shots in September, and even theTelluride concept at 2018 Fashion Week. During the 2018 SEMA Auto Show, Kia Motors rolled in with modified vehicles, theirKia Forte GT line, andfive concepts for the Kia Telluride. Now, within a month of the 2019 North American International Auto Show (also known as the Detroit Auto Show), Kia Motors unwrapped an early holiday present by showing us a production-ready 2020 Telluride with an official teaser video.
“Expect the unexpected, with Kia Design.”
That’s the ending tagline for the above video, stated by Tom Kearns, Chief Designer, Kia Design Center America. Kia Motors is doing something with the Telluride that the automaker has never done before – they’re building a full-size premium SUV. It’s different for the automaker; Kia isn’t known for premium SUVs, just like they weren’t known for sports cars. Well, they surprised everyone when the Kia Stinger came out, and so far it’s a winner. TheKia Stinger has won countless awards throughout 2018.
When designing the Kia Telluride, there was a pretty simple introduction.
My oh my, it sure has been a busy year for Kia Motors. It’s also that time of year, and we’d like to highlight all the good news. We had a good look at all there is to come ofKia Motors in the future, new vehicles, awards, honorable mentions, and new technology. So let’s start the review.
There were a lot of new vehicles announced and unveiled from Kia Motors throughout 2018. Possibly the first to start off 2018 with a bang would be the2018 Kia Niro Plug-in Hybrid and the 2018 Kia Stinger. The new sports car, the Stinger, was its own bundle of joy. The Kia Stinger won many awards, like being named2018 Shift Vehicle of the Year, and even becoming aPolice Cruiser, but we’ll get to that. The real big news for Kia Motors is thenew Kia GT Line.
With Kia Motors changing the focus of their auto brand with anew GT lineup, Kia will soon shake the auto market once again. Just like the automaker did with theKia Stinger, the vehicle that started it all with its own GT trim, the new GT-Line from Kia will mark a whole new age for the brand. It all begins with the2019 Kia Forte GT, debuted during the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show, and in Korea prior. Before the GT-Line takes over though, take a look at what makes the new 2019 Kia Forte so great.
For consumers that want a spacious vehicle that is fuel-efficient while delivering performance, the 2019 Kia Forte can foot the bill. Kia Motors is known for making vehicles with spacious cabins, like theKia Optima and Kia Stinger. The cabin is also pretty comfortable, allowing us to enjoy the 147 horsepower of the naturally aspirated 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder engine under the hood.
Optimized with dual continuously variable valve timing and multi-point injection fuel delivery, this engine comes paired to a six-speed manual transmission that comes standard on the base, but an intelligent variable transmission (IVT) with Sportmatic on the rest of the lineup (optional on the base). The engineering lends itself to a fuel economy of 27/37 mpg city/highway for the Forte FE with manual transmission, 31/41 mpg city/highway with the IVT. The rest of the lineup comes with a combined fuel economy of 34 mpg. On average, most consumers will have about 35 mpg over several hundred miles – not bad at all.
First off, it doesn’t matter what tier is being driven. Whether behind the wheel of the Kia Stinger base trim (2.0L) or the high-tier GT2, this sports car is turning heads wherever it goes. Designed by the award-winning designer, Peter Schreyer, not only does the Kia Stinger command attention, but it also incites a lot of curiosity. Not many consumers are used to the blend of luxury and performance aesthetics when it comes to Kia Motors.
The fastback shape is so popular, it’s bleeding into other Kia models going forward. Because standard features are shared so well across the lineup, it’s hard to point out anything that makes the GT trim more stylish than the others. They all deserve a little praise.
It’s just the week of good news isn’t it? Consumer Guide® Automotive finished their “Best Buy” awards list, naming the vehicles that deserve it the most for their respective segments and why. We just finished talking about how the2019 Chrysler Pacifica and 2019 Ram 1500 won 2019 Best Buy for their classes. Now we have two more vehicles to congratulate, and this time from Kia Motors – say hello to two new Best Buys, the 2019 Kia Rio and 2019 Kia Soul.
Consumer Guide Automotive
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Electric Vehicles. When consumers hear that blend of words, they may have the fear of being stranded in the middle of nowhere because their electric motor battery died and an electric charging station is nowhere in sight. That’s not necessarily true – especially in South Florida.Downtown Miami has many electric charging stations, and moreEV charging stations are popping up in Brickell, South Beach, and Wynwood. Charging an electric vehicle gets easier every year, and with helpful apps likePlugShare, anyone with a smartphone can find the closest charging station to them. Automotive brands out there are taking notice, and the Hyundai Motor Group, owner of Kia Motors, has recently finalized a partnership with EVgo to make finding charging stations easier.
EVgo and Kia Motors
EVgo is the largest electric vehicle (EV) charging network in the United States. Operating as an app, EVgo works much like PlugShare. PlugShare can shows consumers all kinds of charging stations and filter the results, displays a Google Maps-type map to show the driver local charging stations on-the-go, as well as provide details about each. For EVgo, users would get similar features, able to get a quick look at available charges. That’s about to change with this new partnership.
It would seem the 2020 Kia Soul EV is sharing some new technology with the 2019 Kia Niro EV. The new Soul EV now comes with a new state-of-the-art liquid-cooled lithium ion polymer 64 kWh battery hooked up to a new electric motor that can generate 201 horsepower and 291 lb-ft of torque. Kia also stated that the Kia Soul EV can be charged at about 100 kW for a 50-percent charge up when using Combined Charging System (CCS) DC fast-charge, standard equipment for the 2020 Kia Soul EV.
The internet has been filling with updates about the new Kia Niro and its electric vehicle (EV) counterpart since early 2018. Now that we’re heading towards the end of the year and into 2019, automakers are using the last of auto shows to make some noise for their 2019 model year vehicles and even 2020 models. Kia Motors is one automaker using the hype train to their advantage, debuting the2020 Kia Forte GT and Kia Telluride at the 2018 SEMA Auto Show. During the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show, Kia appeared again, this time with thereveal of the 2020 Kia Soul and the Kia Soul EV. Also sharing the limelight during the auto show in LA was the all-new 2019 Kia Niro EV, finally with some solid specs.
Called the “Kia Niro EV” in the states, and the “e-Niro” overseas, the Niro EV was already up and coming with its own style and tech a part form its hybrid crossover parent, the original Niro. Many automakers tend to hold a press conference the week of the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show, and Kia Motors did not slouch. An entire press release covering the conference reveals a world of possibilities for electric vehicles.
Powertrain and Battery
Information on the powertrain was previously minimal, mainly known as two options – an optional 39.2 kWh battery system that can travel 150 miles or a high-capacity 64 kWh lithium-polymer battery pack for travelling 280 miles. The 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show press conference brought us a little more information. The liquid-cooled 64 kWh lithium ion polymer battery is packaged under the floor of the vehicle, and via an electric motor, the Niro EV can generate 201 horsepower and 291 lb-ft of torque.