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Kia Motors has been having some interesting releases as of late. The reveal of the automaker’s first all-electric vehicle with no precursor, the EV6, had an early preview last week, and multiple looks at the luxury sport sedan Kia K8 are starting to surface. It’s been a busy month for Kia Motors, and another reveal has already jumped into the spotlight. Teased earlier in March, the 2022 Kia Stinger has finally been revealed after its mid-cycle refresh.
New Power Output
We knew the base engine was getting a small upgrade. The 2022 Kia Stinger is available in GT-Line, GT1, and GT2 trims, plus a special edition Scorpion model set for release – release date TBD. The GT-Line is a part of the Kia Motors GT-Line, one of the many plans the automaker has launched alongside its electric vehicles (EVs) and purpose-built vehicles (PBVs). The GT-Line base trim gets a new 2.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine under the hood, able to generate 300 horsepower and 311 lb-ft of torque. With rear-wheel drive (RWD) standard or all-wheel drive (AWD) with torque vectoring available, the fuel economy is estimated at 22 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway with RWD, a combined fuel economy of 24 mpg with AWD.
The rest of the lineup comes with a GT 3.3-liter twin-turbo V6 engine, able to generate 368 horsepower and 376 lb-ft of torque, available with the same drivetrain options, all trims also come with an 8-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. A new electronic variable exhaust system enhances the sound of the Stinger as it revs up and takes off. The GT1 and GT2 trims have a fuel economy of 18 mpg in the city, 25 mpg on the highway with RWD, and a combined 20 mpg fuel economy with AWD.
When the new generation models for the 2021 Kia Sorento and 2021 Kia K5 were first being talked up by Kia Motors, there was no holding back. All the highlights about the Kia Sorento, and all the performance of the Kia K5 was taking up the spotlight near the end of 2020. Fast-forward to 2021, and there is no stopping them. In recent years, Kia Motors can’t be beat. Whenever a new model is released, like the award-winning Kia Stinger, or ever-popular Kia Telluride, the accolades stack up fast. In February 2021, the Kia K5 and Sorento won Best Cars of 2021 by Autotrader, and just a month later, another award goes to the very same models. This time, it’s the honor of landing in the Top 10 for this year’s World Car of the Year (WCOTY) Awards.
WCOTY, not to be confused with NACTOY (North American Car, Utility and Truck of the Year), a competition Kia Motors also performs well in, has been going on for 17 years. Held to recognize, reward and inspire excellence, leadership, and innovation within the auto industry on a global scale, WCOTY is one of many sought after lists. Once again entering the semi-finals, Kia Motors gets one step closer to the winner’s circle with the all-new Kia Sorento and Kia K5.
If there is one thing Kia Motors hasn’t been well-known for is luxury cars. Sure, the interiors are roomy and often come packed with technology, and their cars drive as nice as they look. But when it comes to car segments, Kia Motors is not classified as a luxury automaker. Even J.D. Power, that ranked Kia Motor as the highest brand during the 2020 J.D. Power Initial Quality Study did so as the highest non-luxury brand. Considered a mass-market automaker, it’s still a title Kia Motors has held for five years in-a-row now, but luxury? That’s definitely new, and Kia Motors is shooting for the title with its new K8 luxury sports car.
We saw inklings of what luxury means to Kia Motors when the automaker first released the new K5, previously named the Kia Optima, back with a more sporty appeal and high-end materials. Now that the automaker has shown us what it can do, it would seem Kia decided to go all in with a luxury vehicle when it came to designing and producing the Kia K8. A premium sports sedan, the interior is a first-class interior lounge that blends premium luxury style and comfort.
Kia Motors is always finding ways to talk up its new vehicles – that much is clear with the new Kia K5 sports car. With stunt after stunt, Kia has shown off the performance of the K5 with multiple ad sports as a part of its news marketing campaign, and tagline, “Give It Everything”. We all love a good sports car, but there is another vehicle that Kia is starting to boast about. Just like the K5, another vehicle is entering the next generation of its lifetime – the Kia Sorento, returning brand new for 2021. There are so many highlights about the new Sorento, and the powertrain options for the Sorento that Kia detailed are just the beginning. The Sorento also comes with a suite of safety features to back up all that power.
It’s been around for a few years now, and Kia has been slowly adding it into the next model year of every vehicle in the lineup. Known as the Kia Drive Wise Package, consumers get a lot when they opt-in for or get this package standard with their vehicle. The Drive Wise Package adds Forward Collision Warning (FCW) and Forward Collision Avoidance (FCA), Blind Spot Collision Warning (BCW) with Lane Change Assist, Rear-Cross Traffic Collision Warning (RCCW), Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keep Assist, Advanced Smart Cruise Control (ASCC), Kia’s Driver Attention Alert (DAA), High Beam Assist, Electronic Parking Brake, and Rain Sensing Variable Intermittent Windshield Wipers. It’s a great collection of low-level to high-level technology to improve the safety as well as the performance of a vehicle.
Although the latest news about the Kia Sorento is surrounding the upcoming 2021 Kia Sorento Hybrid, the original internal combustion engine model is starting to get a lot of love. Said to be setting the new benchmark for SUVS everywhere, we can’t wait to see what’s in store for consumers. With all kinds of upgrades and features in every area of an automobile, the Sorento is not the same SUV as last model year. Check out the highlights to see what’s new and what the new Kia Sorento SUV has to offer.
There are five trims offered for the new 2021 Kia Sorento – LX, S, EX, SX, and SX-Prestige. Like models released before it, the Sorento is getting a special trim as a part of its debut. For more off-road capability, the new X-Line trim offers 1.0-in. higher ground clearance, improved approach/departure angles, more advanced AWD with snow-mode, and a more robust roof rack than its predecessors. For consumers looking for this trim, it’s hidden under the SX-Prestige AWD moniker with the X-Line appearance package. In addition to the above features, the total package comes with torque-on-demand AWD with center locking differential and downhill descent control, a ride height of 8.3 inches, unique 20-inch alloy wheels, and exterior features and details exclusive to the X-Line.
It’s been a little while since we heard anything about the 2020 Kia Forte GT. Okay, it’s been a long while, seeing as how the last time we heard anything about this new sporty compact car was during its debut at the 2018 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show. That was all the way back in November of 2018, and we learned a lot about the Forte GT and the new GT-line by Kia Motors. Now we got the final bits of information everyone’s been waiting on – the price.
Why wait? The 2020 Kia Forte has a starting MSRP of $23,215 (plus destination). Bit of an odd number, but hey, that’s a very affordable price for a vehicle straight from the new GT-line. This compact-turned-performance car comes with a 1.6-liter turbo-four cylinder under the hood, generating 201 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque. The engine is tied to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, but for those who prefer manual (with paddle shifters), it’ll cost $600 more. Assuming consumers stick with the standard setup, the 2020 Kia Forte GT is already less expensive than its competitors, like the 2020 Hyundai Elantra Sport ($24,730), 2019 Honda Civic Si sedan ($25,230), and 2019 Volkswagen Jetta GLI ($26,890).
There have been some photos of the new small SUV from Kia Motors floating around the internet lately. Not wanting to tease any more overseas concepts from Kia Motors, we decided to wait on this one before writing up an article. Although not 100-percent guaranteed, according to autoblog.com, a U.S. market launch of the new Kia model with a global rollout early 2020. Called the Kia Seltos, check out what could be the next popular funky car for a younger generation.
Where Does It Fit?
Bigger than a Kia Soul but smaller than a Kia Sportage, the Kia Seltos first appeared at the 2018 Auto Expo in India.
According to autoblog.com, the vehicle was “specifically ‘created for the millennial generation’ with a ‘wide range of features and technologies suited to younger buyers,’ and is somehow promised to offer ‘the space and capabilities of a traditional SUV in a compact package.’”
It’s that time of year again. Kia Motors has produced a new marketing campaign for the third generation of the Kia Soul hatchback. With a newly expanding lineup on a global scale, Kia Motors America launched a marketing campaign that builds upon the brand’s new mantra: Give It Everything. Calling the new Kia Soul the “most adaptable version ever of the brand’s iconic urban runabout”, the new campaign is about the automaker’s ability to adapt to change. A lot of this can be clearly seen in their expanding alternative fuel lineup and their claims to become an all-electric automaker. The new campaign shows that they can still deliver to every kind of consumer while moving forward.
“We have taken the Soul to an entirely new level by giving it even more of Kia’s ‘Give It Everything’ credo. With the expanded lineup offering more style, utility, technology, comfort, and adaptability than ever before, it’s a whole new species of Soul…While nearly everything about the Soul is different, this campaign continues the fun and irreverent attitude that turned Soul into an icon over the last decade.” – Saad Chehab, vice president, marketing communications, Kia Motors America
Back when the 2020 Kia Soul was first unveiled at the 2018 LA Auto Show, we heard of two distinct trims that were being added to the lineup. They went by the name of “GT” and “X”, for the respective model lines Kia Motors has been putting together, starting with their new Kia GT Line. The 2020 Soul GT was defined by a sportier exterior featuring black side mirrors, red accents, narrow headlights, and a grille that has a more angular design, leaning into its sports car mystique. The X-line, however, offers a more rugged look with fog lights, a rounded grille, unique wheels, and a roof rail – all hallmarks of an off-road vehicle. We saw both of these in the new marketing campaign, entitled “The New Species of Soul”, but another model line also entered – the EX Designer, part of the new EX Designer Collection Package.