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When Kia Motors announced that the automaker was going to start producing a GT-Line for some of its vehicles, there were questions as to which models would receive the high-performance package. Like with their hybrid lineup, if Kia Motors is going GT, then they’re going to test the GT-Line on their most popular models. That means the debut of the Kia Rio GT, specs on the 2020 Kia Forte GT, the 2020 Kia Soul GT, and the Kia Optima GT are at the top of the list. We like to think it all started with the Kia Stinger GT. A fast and affordable sports car that’s even faster than some of the world’s most luxurious sports cars. Some of us are waiting on that Kia Optima GT, what with how similar the Kia Optima and Kia Stinger are, and recent news sheds some light on some of the big changes coming to the Kia Optima lineup.
It makes sense that the Kia Optima is also on the list for the GT-Line. The original Kia Optima was so popular that it gave rise to some of Kia Motors first steps into the alternative fuel market with the Kia Optima Hybrid and Kia Optima Plug-in Hybrid. Plus, there’s already some changes being made to the Kia Optima for the 2021 model year, mostly in the name of an improved design for the next-generation of the vehicle. In 2021, the Kia Optima will feature a new sporty front and rear fascia and a full-width LED taillight bar giving it more of a sports car feel than a family sedan. If that’s the case, then the rumors that Kia will be introducing a Kia Optima GT model could be true.
We can’t say we’re too surprised that the 2021 Kia Optima is getting a bit of a makeover. After the 2019 Kia Optima was released with little changes, the old sedan was starting to show its age. In an effort to bring it back to the forefront of the Kia Motors full compact car lineup, the next model year will show come with a few changes. After our comparison of the 2018 Kia Stinger and the 2018 Kia Optima, we’re curious how the two will match up in the 2020/2021 model year.
2020 Kia Optima Preview
Kia Motors has been talking a lot about its SUVs and crossovers ever since the 2020 Kia Telluride took center stage. Now is the perfect time for a makeover while no one’s looking at the sedans and coupes that are also a part of the Kia Motors lineup. Set for 2021, the new Kia Optima design will feature a new sporty front and rear fascia. Highlighting this look are slanted headlights inspired by the overseas Kia Ceed and a full-width LED taillight bar.
The overall design of the Optima has changed as well. It no longer looks like a sedan. If anything, judging by the picture above, it’s certainly starting to take on some sports car undertones. Kia Motors Designer Byungchul Juh has gone on record stating that the Kia Optima for 2020 is just the beginning for Kia Motors working towards a completely fresh design approach for future vehicles.
After all the talk about Kia Motors turning into a GT automotive brand, there was a lot of speculation about which vehicles could benefit from a GT. They had to be real winners of the Kia Motors lineup. After all, it would seem that the already popular Kia Stinger sports car started the GT theme with its three “GT” trims. It didn’t take too much time for Kia to name a few winners – the 2020 Kia Soul GT, the 2019/20 Kia Forte GT, and the Kia Rio GT. We all know the Kia Soul will always be funky, and the Forte holds a bit of class. Although the Kia Rio has been around for a bit, it’s still one of those models that fly under the radar. Let’s take a look at what makes this sedan so great, and why Kia chose it for their first round of GT models.
When it comes to the U.S. market, small cars are all but dead. Big name Ford pulled all of their sedans from American shores, except for their beloved Mustang, practically giving up the game. Still, in the midst of what seems like a dying age for sedans, with a quickly saturating SUV and crossover market, Kia Motors is willing to back their Kia Rio.
The time has come – the Kia Telluride hybrid SUV may just be around the corner. We saw the Telluride spy shots in September, and even the Telluride concept at 2018 Fashion Week. During the 2018 SEMA Auto Show, Kia Motors rolled in with modified vehicles, their Kia Forte GT line, and five 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. The Kia Stinger has won countless awards throughout 2018.
When designing the Kia Telluride, there was a pretty simple introduction.
With Kia Motors changing the focus of their auto brand with a new GT lineup, Kia will soon shake the auto market once again. Just like the automaker did with the Kia 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 the 2019 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 the Kia 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.
When it comes to the Kia Stinger sports car, it was some spectacle when it first released in early 2018. The 2018 Kia Stinger was the first model year for the new vehicle, and it instantly won many awards. Actually, the Kia Stinger won awards all year. It’s one car that breaks the sports car mold, and the Kia Stinger is faster and more affordable than many of its competitors. With all of this going for it, one has to wonder…Why wouldn’t Kia Motors name this their new halo car? With a new Kia GT-Line set for the icon of the brand in 2020, let’s look at the 2018 Kia Stinger GT, the car that started it all.
So Much Style
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.
Not too long ago, the 2018 Specialty Equipment Market Association Auto Show took place, and Kia Motors rolled in with all sorts of concepts to show off. Many of these focused on the new Kia Telluride SUV with five trims on display. During SEMA 2018, Kia also showed us a look at the very first vehicle from their new GT Line, the 2020 Kia Forte GT. The current 2019 Kia Forte is already winning praise, along with its popular sibling, the Kia Stinger. Over the last year, the Kia Stinger has won many awards, and recently one a simple little award for the Kia Stinger digital ad campaign. Well now it’s time for the Kia Forte to shine, having just won the “Southwest Lifestyle Vehicle of the Year” Award.
Southwest Vehicle Lifestyle Award
Never heard of it? That’s because it’s the first of its kind – the first Southwest Lifestyle Vehicle of the Year awards were held recently at the Bondurant Racing School outside of Phoenix, Arizona. Many media journalists in attendance rated the Forte as the “Best Value” car, and following real-word evaluations, the all-new compact sedan won the award. Many can attest this to the refreshed look and performance with Stinger-inspired design and improved driving dynamics.
“The Kia Forte was really a standout in the Car of the Year field. It’s stylish, efficient, fun to drive, and comes with premium tech and safety features that you’d expect in a car costing thousands more…It really is a ‘Best Value’ in every sense and it exceeded our journalists’ expectations in almost every category.” – Becky Antioco, event director and founder of Southwest Lifestyle Media.
Wow, did Kia Motors blow the roof off of the SEMA 2018 Auto Show or what? Even if the Specialty Equipment Market Association isn’t known for automotive parts (which we doubt, given the reception of the auto show), Kia Motors still made a statement when they rolled in with five concepts for their upcoming Kia Telluride SUV. We also got to see a modified Kia Stinger GT by DUB Magazine, and most importantly, the first bits of the new Kia GT Lineup. What? You haven’t heard? Oh yeah, Kia Motors is all about Gran Turismo cars now.
Showing up at SEMA 2018 was none other than the Kia Forte GT, having previously debuted in Korea and now in America. There were only small tidbits released from the show at first – 201hp turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine, front-wheel drive, a set of 18-inch wheels – that’s all good. What else?
Then the press release from Kia Media came out, and hoo-boy, does it got some serious specs to share. 2020 is going to be a fun year for Kia Motors, with the Kia Forte GT and 2020 Kia Soul slated to come out soon, with the latter showing up at the 2018 LA Auto Show at the end of November, 2018. No joke, this Forte is already looking amazing.
“The fantastic capabilities of our team of engineers really shined in the development of the Stinger and we’re thrilled to continue injecting a bit more sport into some of the other models in the lineup…Whether you want a practical commuter or performance compact sedan, there’s now a Forte that appeals to several types of car shoppers. The Forte is already one of our top sellers, and we believe adding more diversity to the model line will appeal to a broader range of consumers.” – Orth Hedrick, executive director, Car Planning and Telematics, KMA.
Kia Motors is starting to revolutionize the auto industry. When the automaker released the 2018 Kia Stinger, it was the beginning of a new path for Kia and a wake up call to the auto market. Sports cars are still alive and well in this SUV and crossover-saturated market, but there’s still room for innovation. Back in 2017, the Hyundai Motor Group discussed hydrogen fuel cell vehicles and how Kia Motors will get their own. A part of the automotive group, many thought Kia Motors would follow Hyundai and place focus on a performance line after the success of the Stinger, but Kia Motors has placed their focus on a GT line instead and debuted this with their Kia Forte GT at SEMA 2018. Kia Motors is also known for innovative technology though, and isolated sound zone technology isn’t all – the next move for the Hyundai Motor Group is solar panel-equipped vehicles.
Solar panels on cars? When we think about it, this was a long time coming. We have hybrids, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs), and all-electric vehicles (EVs). With the need to charge the latter, consumers are constantly wary about needing to find a place to plug-in if driving an EV or getting the most mileage out of their PHEV. Although electric charging stations are popping up all around Miami, Florida and the rest of the nation, and apps like PlugShare exist, consumers still worry. Well, wouldn’t solar panels on the roof of a vehicle help with that?
Hot dang, Kia Motors knows how to keep a crowd guessing. Originally, Kia Motors was only thought to be showing off two vehicles modified by DUB at the 2018 SEMA Auto Show, like when they showed off the Kia Stinger that was modified by West Coast Customs last year. As it turns out, Kia was rolling in to show off a lot more than two slightly modified vehicles. Like we all expected, the Kia Telluride did show up, but we’re seeing quadruple with these concepts. Plus, the new GT Line from Kia Motors made an appearance as well.
Okay, so first there was a teaser of a modified Kia Stinger GT and a modified K900. In partnership with DUB Magazine, both vehicles were given a bit of a makeover. Just when we thought the performance of the Kia Stinger GT couldn’t get any better, DUB added widebody fender flares, 22-inch wheels, a new exhaust, an air intake, and an air-adjustable suspension. To match the interior with the exterior, a lovely black and red color combination with leather upholstery takes the cabin to a whole new level.
Going with a similar path, the Kia K900 received 24-inch wheels, an air suspension for a smoother ride, and leather upholstery. To add a little color, DUB went with electric blue body paint and black accents to transform the K900. Lastly, Kia added a specially developed multimedia system just for this mod.
Kia Going GT
We discussed the upcoming Kia Motors GT Lineup, and we were almost 100-percent certain we saw the 2019 Kia Forte GT unveiled in Korea. And yes, the 2020 Kia Forte GT was displayed at the 2018 SEMA Auto Show. Due for release next summer, the powertrain was confirmed to be a 201hp turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine, front-wheel drive was announced as the only drivetrain available, and a set of 18-inch wheels comes standard. Maybe a later model will get that new transfer case Kia Motors is working on for the Kia Stinger GT.
Kia Telluride Concepts
Also showing up at SEMA 2018 were five Kia Telluride concepts. Slated to be released in 2020, the Kia Telluride still feels far away, but after showing up at 2018 Fashion Week in New York, the Telluride has shown it can be a versatile SUV. So if that’s the case, Kia Motors may be curious about testing possible trim concepts to get an idea of what consumers will be looking for or find interesting.
The stylish and outdoor-based Kia Telluride from Fashion Week returned to SEMA, along with the Telluride Horizon Roamer, Cadet Leader, Desert Drifter and Baja Glider. Each concept has its own flair while being built to tackle tough trails. Going by the above image, these are from left-to-right.
Yes, tough trails. As in an off-road vehicle, as in Jeep® has some healthy competition. Equipped to take on the Rubicon trail, the Kia Telluride Horizon Roamer comes with several hardcore off-road accessories, including a custom brush guard and skid plates, a straight-pipe exhaust located in the rear, and a snorkel for some deep water fording. Kia tops off this Telluride concept with a set of Black Rhino 32-inch wheels.
The second concept in line is the Telluride Baja Glider. With a number of unique features, a dark black paint job and a curved LED light bar attached to the roof separate this trim from the others. Except, like all the trim concepts, the Baja Glider rides in on a set of Black Rhino 32-inch wheels, wrapped in Milestar Patagonia mud terrain tires.
Okay, now we’re really seeing Kia aiming to compete with Jeep. Colored with a unique army green and matte black paint job, the Cadet Leader is basically the Horizon Roamer in camouflage. The Cadet Leader rides on Black Rhino 32-inch wheels, also wrapped in Milestar Patagonia mud terrain tires. This concept comes with a brush guard with a skid plate, a rear tube bumper with a skid plate, and a modified straight pipe exhaust.
Like the new Desert Hawk planned for the Jeep Compass, Kia Motors has their own desert-based SUV. Given another military look with a tan and black paint job, this Telluride looks built to go on adventures. Mounted on the roof is a roof rack with a light bar, and the front fascia also comes with a brush guard. There’s also roof-mounted rotopacks for extra gasoline when far out into the sandy dunes.
That’s all for now. Kia Motors kept their presentation tight-lipped, but in the end, wowza! What an entrance, and with plenty to of concepts and vehicles to show off. Stay up to date with more SEMA and Kia Motors news by following Miami Lakes Kia social media.