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Kia Motors Rumor About a Kia Optima GT

Tuesday, October 8th, 2019
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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.

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Kia Motors is the Automaker Changing the Industry

Tuesday, March 19th, 2019
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Now that the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show has ended, we’ve seen all the auto industry had to offer over nearly two weeks. Kia Motors is one automaker that stood out, not because of a model or concept they debuted, but more of a promise for the future of their lineup. It’s not surprising – many names in the auto industry are starting to bring electric motors and batteries into the mix of their vehicles. Kia Motors, however, may have the most alternative fuel vehicles in their lineup than any other automaker. Not only this, but Kia has been on a mission to change the auto industry and are intent on leading the way. Style, tech, alternative fuel are the cornerstones of the new Kia Motors, but can they deliver?

Style

What pops to mind when talking about Kia Motors and style? Is it the Kia Stinger? Currently the icon for Kia Motors, the Kia Stinger brought a whole new attitude to Kia Motors. The automaker was intent on “designing cars that drive as good as they look,” and the Kia Stinger definitely delivered. Able to surpass costly luxury cars that claim to drive fast, the Kia Stinger’s performance may have been the jumping off point for Kia Motors going GT, while giving all of their new vehicles a little taste of the Stinger’s style.

Making cars that look great is one thing, but a vehicle that performs at its best is definitely the GT line of the Kia Stinger. With different drive modes for sharp turns or a long ride, drivers enjoy getting behind the wheel of a Kia Stinger GT. Now, Kia Motors is coming out with a GT for many of its vehicles, starting with the 2020 Kia Soul, Kia Forte GT, and Kia Rio GT. If the automaker can deliver on performance this well, can they also upgrade the tech?

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What Makes the Kia Stinger an Icon?

Tuesday, December 18th, 2018
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Miami Lakes Kia Stinger GT-Line

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.

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2020 Kia Soul Teased Before LA Auto Show

Thursday, November 29th, 2018
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Miami Lakes Automall 2020 Kia Soul Teaser

The Kia Soul has always been the hatchback to seek after, and the 2019 brought with it few changes and options. Many thought this would be the highlight of hatchbacks for Kia Motors, but it’s about to take a backseat. Said to show up at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show, the 2020 Kia Soul is all-new. Before that happens, Kia decided to toss a few teaser photos around. They don’t show much, but we’ll see the truth soon enough.

Oh, You Tease!

The first tease just showed us a profile of the rear of the new 2020 Kia Soul. Like all Kia Soul hatchbacks before it, the new Soul still looks boxy and has upswept rear windows. We’re seeing some style bleeding over from the Kia Stinger, as promised, but we couldn’t see much in the first shot.

Now check it out at the top of the page. What’s most appealing about this is the floating-roof design. Thanks to a matte-black strip across the entire top of the hatchback just before the roof makes it look as if the green roof is separate from the rest of the body. The taillight design looks a little longer and extends inward into the rear hatch based on spy shots. The second tease gave us a little more to look at though.

Slim headlights, pods to house another set of lights (maybe LEDs?), and a bit of a swept-back roof line to simulate that sporty look of the Kia Stinger. There is talk about another color for the roof as an option to offer some contrast to the rest of the body, but for now, that is just a rumor. There have yet to be teasers of the interior, too, but that’s what the LA Auto Show is for.

We can see a couple of changes. For one, the steering wheel has been upgraded to include phone and media controls in 2020. What stands out the most though is the new, wide, rectangular screen making up the touchscreen display for the infotainment system. There isn’t a whole lot of news about the tech and driver assistance features in the 2020 Soul, but the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show should change that.

The 2020 Kia Soul is said to have a new lineup of trims. We’ll be getting an LX, EX, S, the new GT-Line and a new X-Line. Ooh, what’s that? Kia Motors says the X-line of vehicles will have exceptional style, capability, and comfort. There will definitely be a focus on a sporty appearance of the 2020 Kia Soul for the GT-Line and the X-Line. It’s a lot to look forward to.

We’re only days away from the 2018 Los Angeles show, starting on November 30 and lasting until December 9, 2018. Press conferences are already happening, so we may hear something else before then. Follow us on Miami Lakes Kia social media to find out. You can also check out current Kia Soul models in our inventory.

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Kia Forte GT Unveiled?

Thursday, October 11th, 2018
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Miami Lakes Automall 2019 Kia Forte GT Debuts in Korea

Wow, it seems like Kia Motors is nonstop with news about its upcoming vehicles. Everyone is loving the refreshed 2019 Kia Sorento, the new Kia Telluride SUV at Fashion Week 2018 gave us a whole new look at Kia SUV style, and we’ve heard the good news about the Kia Niro EV fuel efficiency, although the numbers keep changing (for the better). Most recently, Kia Motors has decided to break off from the Hyundai Motor Group path of performance and turn Kia Motors into a GT brand. We’ve heard tidbits about GT vehicles and concepts, but news about several GT models is popping up, including the return of the Kia Stinger GT4 concept as an electric-coupe.

Going GT

So, a “GT” car is also known as a “Grand Touring” car. Grand Touring vehicles tend to be an automobile in the style of a coupe, sometimes built for only two people, and designed to operate at high speeds while still keeping passengers comfortable. For instance, the Dodge Challenger GT is a four-passenger two-door coupe with all-wheel drive. The Kia Stinger is starting to lean in this direction.

The Kia Stinger is possibly the first Kia Motors vehicle to get the GT tag, with the Kia Stinger GT, GT1, and GT2 trims. It would also seem like the Stinger started a wave, and not just in terms of looks – we can already see several vehicles from the Kia Motors lineup borrowing the coupe style for future model years. The new craze is turning vehicles into agile GT cars, like the Optima GT, Kia Soul GT, Kia Rio GT, and most notably, the Kia Forte GT. More on the Kia Rio GT next week.

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