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Kia Motors has a lot going for it in terms of its product lineup and developing technology. A part of the Hyundai Motors Group, whatever automotive endeavors Hyundai becomes involved in, Kia Motors is right there with them. It’s kind of like a competitive partnership, and it’s exciting, to say the least whenever a new project takes shape. MoceanLab, the home base for a self-driving carsharing pilot program, is the stepping stone to creating a personal mobility ecosystem. During the 2020 Consumer Electronics Show, we saw even more of this with the partnership with Uber to debut an air taxi service. The latest journey for these two automakers is a partnership with Canoo to co-develop an all-new all-electric platform for future electric vehicles.
Could it be the powertrain for the upcoming Kia Futuron concept? Set to be Kia Motors first all-electric vehicle – as in the first vehicle to be released as a stand-alone electric vehicle (EV) and didn’t have an internal combustion engine or hybrid or plug-in hybrid model before it. It’s part of Kia Motors statement to eventually become an all-electric automaker despite their testament to sports cars with GT trims. The Kia Futuron is just a concept for now, and if waiting for the right powertrain, this development with Canoo could be it.
With Kia Motors promising a lot of changes in the few years with their “Imagine by Kia” presentation at the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show, they’re also putting some upgraded models on display. Set to come out in 2020 for the United States, some tweaked hybrid models will be getting a facelift for some new style. Most notably, with their current success, the Kia Niro hybrid crossover and Kia Niro Plug-in Hybrid crossover will be getting some new fresh style inside and out, along with new tech and safety features to increase the already great quality of each. What better way than to debut both at the Geneva Motor Show?
Based on the visuals, it seems like the Kia Niro and Kia Niro Plug-in Hybrid are adopting some aesthetics from their upcoming electric counterpart, the Kia Niro EV (e-Niro in UK markets). That tends to happen, improving on already great designs after the second or third attempt. The cabins have also been improved with new interior materials and infotainment technology. It even includes some telecommunications upgrades.
Just a week before the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show, Kia Motors teased its new electric vehicle concept model, and now we know what it is. Unveiled at the motor show is “Imagine by Kia”. That sounds more like a tagline than a model name, but at the moment, that’s what the automaker is calling this handsome, muscular not sure if it’s a mid-size crossover or four-passenger family car concept. With the intention of making electric vehicles fun to drive and no longer a luxury or niche, Kia Motors is focusing on the design and performance of the new electric vehicle along with its powertrain and range.
“Automotive design is about capturing the heart and making it beat that bit faster for that bit longer. We believe that there’s absolutely no reason why that should change simply because the car is electric…That’s why our all-electric concept is designed to not only get your pulse racing but to also signpost our holistic and emotional approach to electrification.” – Gregory Guillaume, Vice President of Design for Kia Motors Europe
“Imagine by Kia” will be the automakers first foray into a purely electric vehicle. This isn’t to say they don’t have all-electric vehicles, such as the Kia Soul EV or the Kia Niro EV (also known as e-Niro). Unlike the award-winning e-Niro electric crossover and the electric Soul hatchback, “Imagine by Kia” is the first of its line, not based on an already successful gasoline-powered sibling. That’s what Kia means when they call it their “first pure electric” vehicle.
That’s one catch phrase a PC gamer may be familiar with, especially if one of the games they play is the famous “League of Legends”. There was once a time where no one really saw a future in playing video games, much less cash-grabbing tournaments. Now, from all over the world, people put together teams and compete in League of Legends tournaments, making the game an official eSport. If the concept sounds silly, think again, because even Kia Motors is getting into eSports with a partnership with Riot Games, creator of the League of Legends PC game. The new League of Legends European Championship (LEC) needed a sponsor and Kia saw an opportunity to invest.
It’s a smart move. eSports appeal to millions, if not billions of youthful fans around the world. What better way to grab that market, the Millennials and soon generation Z, that grew up with video games and will be entering the auto market if not already? Then Kia Motors decides to not only garner interest in eSports, but decides to back one of the most popular competitive video gaming events out there, the League of Legends European Championship (LEC). That, ladies and gentlemen, is a power move.
Popping up at 2018 New York Fashion Week and with five concepts at the 2018 SEMA Auto Show, Kia has gone beyond to show that this SUV is as versatile as a crossover with plenty of personal appeal. The production-ready model isn’t the concept we were promised, but we don’t think anyone was pouring chips into seats that can “read and report the health alerts” of its occupants. Given all of the technology Kia Motors presented at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show, one could say that the concept features, although not existent in the 2019 debut, may not be that far off. For now, take a look at what the 2020 Kia Telluride debut tells us about the boxy SUV at the 2019 North American International Auto Show, also known as the Detroit Auto Show.
Yes, boxy. The model body does come with its curves, but the front and rear fascia have that robust boxy shape SUVs are known for. This is especially true in the front fascia, where the iconic tiger-nose grille is very prominent in this model. A square hood, vertically stacked headlights, and inverted L-shaped taillights all bring the boxy look together. Kia is intent on calling the Telluride their “largest SUV in the lineup” and making it the new vehicle everyone is talking about.
During the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show, Kia Motors made a large appearance by showing off many of their new vehicles. This included the new 2020 Kia Soul, 2020 Kia Soul EV, and the upcoming new Kia Niro EV, the electric vehicle version of the popular and successful Kia Niro, the world’s first hybrid crossover. We’ve received a lot of great news about the Kia Niro EV so far. The Kia Niro EV has great fuel efficiency, or should we say driving range, since it is an electric vehicle. Kia Motors is becoming increasingly popular for its far-driving alternative fuel vehicles, but the automaker has been heralded a lot for its safety, with many Kia Motors vehicles named by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, and the Kia Drive Wise Package that will help keep drivers everywhere safe. Now, the Kia Niro EV will be joining the pack with several advanced safety features standard.
Adaptive Cruise Control
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 Kia Stinger is one sports car that has made an impact on the auto industry. Shortly after its release, the Kia Stinger won many awards and showed a whole new path for Kia Motors to take. Comfortable cars that were also known for their performance was a niche in the auto market that was lacking – known as gran turismo cars, or “GT” cars. To capitalize on that, Kia Motors has started a GT Line with their Kia Forte GT. The Kia Stinger and its GT trims started this, and some would say it can be traced back to how comfortable the Kia Stinger is as well as how well it performs against some of the most notorious “fast” cars – including the Ford Mustang.
Kia Stinger vs Luxury
There are many luxury cars out there that tout a lot of speed with a price tag to match, but when put up against the Kia Stinger GT, many vehicles fell short. The 2018 Kia Stinger GT has a starting MSRP of $38,350 (plus destination fee). Powered by a twin turbocharged 3.3-liter DOHC V6 engine that can generate 365 horsepower and 376 lb-ft of torque, the 2018 Kia Stinger GT can accelerate from 0-60 mph in 4.7 seconds.
The Porsche Panamera, powered by a turbocharged 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 engine was nearly a whole second slower, able to accelerate up to 60 mph in 5.2 seconds. The Audi A7, powered by a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 engine, had the same record. A Mercedes-Benz CLS 550, a BMW 540i, and even the Jaguar F-Type – all of these vehicles easily cost more than $50k, and yet a consumer can get a vehicle that’s faster than all of them for less than $40k.
Kia Motors is really into developing new technology these days, and it’s amazing. First is was the Kia Telluride that recently popped up during the 2018 Fashion Week in New York, with an LED light-rejuvenation panel, second-row media band, and the ability to display vital signs just by having someone sit in a seat. Then, Kia Motors began work on a wireless charging system for electric vehicles. Isolated sound zone technology by Kia was the latest, but now they’ve got something really interesting. It’s all-wheel drive, at the push of a button.
Testing it out on the Kia Stinger, Kia Motors announced their next-generation “CK D-AWD” system at the Hyundai Motor Group’s Namyang R&D Center in South Korea. Those acronyms stand for the Stinger’s chassis code (CK) and “Dynamic All-Wheel Drive”. The Kia Stinger is already plenty successful, but Kia Motors knows better than to ride that wave out. They’re looking into making their prized pony even more fun to drive, and that starts with D-AWD.
Rear-wheel drive (RWD) comes standard on the 2018 Kia Stinger, with all-wheel drive as the optional drivetrain. For 2019, instead of choosing between two drivetrains, consumers get RWD automatically, but can opt-in for an all-wheel drive electronically-controlled transfer case. Sound familiar? It’s the same technology found on Jeep® vehicles and other off-road automobiles.
Remember back in spring 2017, when the news about Kia Motors getting a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle by 2020 hit? It was sure something, and it sounds like a great idea if made practical. Basically, picture a car engine that runs on water. Add a little electrolysis, and we got hydrogen. Cars powered on natural resources, oh we can imagine the sudden rise in water bottle prices and people opening their own business by selling filtered tap water. Why make a car that puts the oil companies in bankruptcy right? Speaking of industries that make a lot of money off our tax dollars, Kia is also joining the Army.
Like Chevrolet that created a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle, a modified Chevrolet Colorado, for the U.S. Army, Kia Motors also wants a bite of the camouflaged pie. It’s hidden, but real, unlike the cake that’s a lie. How does Kia do this? Well, apparently, although a niche market, the demand for military vehicles is increasing every year. With how armored some of those units are, we can only imagine the dent in fuel efficiency when carrying a platoon of soldiers, equipment, and weaponry.
During fall of 2018, we received more news about the three Kia Niro crossovers. There’s the original Kia Niro hybrid crossover, released in 2017, followed by the Kia Niro plug-in hybrid crossover by the end of 2018. Coming soon is an all-electric version of the Kia Niro, the Kia Niro EV. We got some great news about the interior of the Kia Niro EV and its all-electric range. Now with news about its recent recordings for the Europe model, we wonder if Kia Motors is still running tests and optimizing this electric crossover, or have the numbers for the U.S. been solidified?
Last time we discussed the Kia Niro EV, the powertrain had changed a bit from its original debut. For the Niro EV, Kia developed a next-generation electric vehicle powertrain with two options for consumers to choose from. The standard setup was a 39.2 kWh battery system that can travel 150 miles emissions free, but consumers can opt-in for the high-capacity 64 kWh lithium-polymer battery pack for 280 miles! That’s pretty great for an electric vehicle.