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It’s finally that time of year when automotive journalists and publications get together and start to release their reviews, their “best of” lists, and release the results of any studies going on in 2021. There have been quite a few recently, especially putting some spotlight on Kia Corp, and the J.D. Power Initial Quality Study (IQS) is not an uncommon name when discussing the South Korean automaker. Kia has appeared time and again with high-ranking vehicles on the IQS, and in 2021, Kia takes home the title of “highest-ranked” in several vehicle segments.
The last two years have been a little rough for the automotive industry. First COVID in 2020, now the global chip shortage in 2021, it’s a surprise that so many made it through. This hardship is reflected in the 2021 J.D. Power IQS, making 2021 35 years of conducting this study. In total, the auto market improved quality by 2-percent in contrast to it’s typical 3-percent increase. Based on the study, infotainment systems and smartphone connectivity have become a problem for several automakers, but as the results will soon show, Kia Corp is rising to the challenge.(more…)
Shopping from home was a huge change back in the day – how do you shop for a dress or a pair of jeans without trying them on? How can you trust the condition of the item you’re getting or know that it even exists and the retailer isn’t a scam? Eventually, the trend took over, and now we have companies like Stitch Fix for finding clothes in our size and the all-mighty Bezos – I mean, Amazon – for everything else. Kia Corp is an automaker from South Korea that has been making a large name for itself lately, getting involved with the community and the youth. With the current large leap into all-electric vehicles with the new Kia EV6 and Niro EV, Kia Corp has launched a new brand to match the on-demand, at-home economy – Kia@Home.
As described, “Kia@Home” brings the ability to shop for a vehicle while at home. Called a new product and brand experience, consumers just don’t get to shop online for a new car with Kia@Home, nor are they treated to a Virtual Reality viewing through a smartphone mobile app like many automakers are starting to adopt for prospective clients. No, Kia goes a step ahead and makes it easy for consumers to get into the driver’s seat of vehicles with scheduled test drives. All one needs to do is signup for a test drive at a convenient location of their choosing and meet the agent in charge there.(more…)
Kia Corp has been making a lot of changes, and it’s not just the name. New models, new limited editions, upgraded old models, there is something new every few weeks, and July is already seeing a good share of news. The latest to come from Kia Corp is the fifth-generation Kia Sportage, changed up for the better from the ground up, let’s check out all the highlights of the new ultimate urban SUV. There are plenty of new things to check out.
What’s New for 2022?
Everyone likes something new – new is always better. It all starts with the body of the new fifth-generation Kia Sportage, with the architecture combining a design that focuses on the driver and state-of-the-art premium interior that seems to be the next milestone in Kia Corp design. The 2018 Kia Stinger was the first model to start the “swept-back roof” craze that many models have adopted thereafter, and the next is an integrated curved display that makes up the dashboard and center console. This design has been mentioned in several new models for 2022.
New technology also comes to the 2022 Kia Sportage. All about safety, many passive and automatic safety features, like Kia Corp’s advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) package, can be found in the SUV. That includes features like Kia’s industry-leading Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA), Highway Driving Assist (HDA), Navigation-based Smart Cruise Control (NSCC), a new Blind-Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist (BCA) system, Blind-Spot View Monitor (BVM), and Remote Smart Parking Assist (RSPA).
A new E-Handling system helps keep the vehicle stable while still being agile, offering better performance in a large vehicle, and with new-generation Electric Control Suspension (ESC). If looking for an SUV that can handle various driving conditions, the new Terrain Mode allows capabilities for driving through snow, mud, and sand. Another huge change, the all-new Sportage will be the first Kia vehicle to be available in long-wheelbase and short-wheelbase model variants – depending on the region (that means maybe not US).
“Our new Sportage is a true inspiration for the SUV category in every sense…Be it the forward-thinking design, stellar interior, next-generation tech, efficient and responsive powertrains, the highest levels in safety systems or the very latest engineering breakthroughs that guarantee a responsive and optimal drive – the all-new Sportage is the ultimate urban SUV.” – Artur Martins, Senior Vice President and Head of Global Brand and Customer Experience Division at Kia Corporation
Why are “clean” and “muscular” the words every automaker looks for to describe a vehicle? At the core of the new 2022 Kia Sportage is Kia’s new design language – Opposites United. Starting from the front is a new detailed-orientated black grille graphic that stretches across the front fascia and pulls together the modern signature Tiger Nose grille. Matrix LED head lamps are met with futuristic-styled boomerang-shaped LED daytime running lamps below.
Going for a sporty look with clean-cut but refined lines, the next generation of the Kia Sportage will also be the first to offer a black roof to contrast the paint color of the rest of the body. A chrome beltline curves up onto the rear of the vehicle and meets with the rear spoiler, following that sporty look. Razor rear lamps give the back a wide impression to match the front, and the new Sportage rides on 17-inch, 18-inch, or 19-inch wheels with seven different alloy designs, colors, and finishes to choose from.
The interior is made with premium materials, and that curved display making up the front of the cabin comes with a high-tech 12-inch touchscreen and an advanced integrated controller that act as the hub for connecting driver and passenger to the car. A 12-inch instrument cluster can also be found here, now clearer than ever. The entire center console comes with a slim touchscreen pad, air vents, operating system configuration, cupholders and soft-touch switches, a smartphone charging bay for high-speed wireless charging, and a rotary dial for transmission.
The X-Line has been added to the next-generation Kia Sportage, and this new look is only matched by its GT-Line. Added to the outside on the X-Line Sportage lugged bumper, side sill, and a curved roof rack, whereas the interior comes with a signature sage green color, matching the already vibrant cabin. Bold quilting and black metal wood only enhance the persona. If looking for an SUV with dynamic performance, the GT-Line will surely offer that, while also coming with its own signature look of contrasting black and whites.
Two engines will be available for the 2022 Kia Sportage from launch. The first is a high-tech 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with gasoline direct injection, able to generate 177 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque. Interestingly enough, although the less powerful engine, this powertrain comes with Kia Corp’s 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission (7DCT, with a 6-speed manual transmission available. The more powerful of the two options is a new and highly efficient R2.0-liter turbocharged diesel engine, able to generate 183 horsepower and 307 lb-ft of torque, designed to drive down carbon emissions and increase fuel efficiency. This engine comes with a new and re-engineered 8-speed automatic transmission.
Continuing to go green, Kia Corp is offering plug-in hybrid variations of many models already in the lineup, if not completely releasing a new all-electric vehicle similar to them. That means the new Kia Sportage will feature hybrid (HEV) and plug-in hybrid (PHEV) models for eco-friendly options. Little information about these models and their powertrain options are currently barren, but we can guess two options for two different driving ranges.
As we get closer to the release of the next-generation 2022 Kia Sportage, more information about the tech features and comfort and convenience will surely be released. At the moment, the best we can gather from the press release on the Sporage – aside from what’s available in the center console – is an industry-leading Harman Kardon premium sound system with in-car surround sound. It’s like a concert every time you take a drive.Keep up to date on the latest news about Kia Corp and Kia models when you follow us on Miami Lakes Automall Kia social media.
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Kia Corp has been very busy as of late, starting to deliver on the all-electric lineup promised years ago when the automaker announced that it was going to become an all-electric automotive brand. The Kia EV6 is just the start of electric vehicles (EVs) to soon make up the majority of the lineup, if not a large percentage. According to the Kia Corp Plan S Strategy, at least 11 EVs should be released by 2025, but that semiconductor chip shortage is affecting everybody. How any automaker can keep up with the increasing demand for EVs and green solutions is a mystery, but Kia Corp charges forth with an EV SUV and a new favorite on the horizon.
Following the EV6, and how can you top that? The South Korean automaker has already announced that an electrified version of the subcompact Seltos crossover is already on the timeline for the next EV to join the lineup, set to launch in 2022. Perhaps this is Kia Corp tinkering around with the E-GMP platform that made the EV6 possible. First, we start with an electric large car – not quite small enough to be a sedan, it’s more or less a hatchback. That makes perfect sense then to slowly move the size of the vehicle up by first adopting the new platform for a small crossover. One would say the next one on the list should be a full crossover or small SUV, but inside sources say a full-size SUV is planned to debut for the 2023 or 2024 model year.(more…)
It’s been a while since we talked about the Urban Air Mobility group started between the Hyundai Motor Group, Kia Corp, and Uber of all things. The partnership debuted an air taxi during the 2020 Consumer Electronics Show in early January. It was just before the Coronavirus went global, the auto industry shut down temporarily, and manufacturing plants every where needed to reorganize how to work in new conditions. So we can understand not hearing much about this air taxi for over a year, we get it. Thankfully, Kia Corp is always surprising us with some good news, and the Urban Air Mobility Division of Hyundai Motor Group announced today a new partnership with ANRA Technologies to move forward with the air taxi project and enter the advanced air mobility (AAM) industry.
Yes, the Uber Air Taxi sounds a little nuts. How long did it take people to trust perfect strangers to drive them from A to B? And some of the crazy stories that surfaced, yikes. Are people going to trust perfect strangers to fly them through the air? Well, we do it every day – we just overlook the fact that commercial airline pilots are complete strangers because they have a uniform and a license to fly an airplane. Surely, a program of sorts will be instated and a network of licensed Uber pilots will be put together.(more…)
During the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show, Kia Corp, then Kia Motors, revealed the one and only 2020 Kia Soul, the next generation of the funky hatchback (third gen), and it was as great as ever! Many people found the Kia Soul to look a little odd – it’s pretty cube-shaped, blocky even – but that’s part of its charm. The first Kia model to introduce the GT-line, X-line, and EX Designer Collection, the Kia Soul continues to go strong, and Kia Corp recently released the highlights and specs of the next model year, the 2022 Kia Soul.
So many changes have come to the 2022 Kia Soul, it’s like an all-new vehicle. The new Kia Soul comes with the same two powertrains. A 2.0-liter DOHC engine, optimized with dual continuously variable valve timing (CVVT) can be found under the hood on the majority of the trims: LX, S, X-Line, GT-Line, and EX. Able to generate 147 horsepower and 132 lb-ft of torque, driving this “cube” is very smooth. The 2022 Kia Soul Turbo comes with a 1.6-liter DOHC engine with a turbocharger and can generate 201 horsepower. Odd that the GT-Line doesn’t come with this.
The six-speed manual transmission on the LX trim has been discontinued. Now, the LX joins the trims that come with an Intelligent Variable Transmission (IVT). Again, the Turbo 1.6T trim differs, equipped with a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission (DCT).(more…)
Kia Corp has revealed the 2022 model year for the largest SUV in the lineup, the Kia Telluride. Winning awards since its release, including the Triple Crown of Automotive awards, the Kia Telluride will continue to go strong for years to come. Continuing to keep it simple, the 2022 Kia Telluride still comes with only four trim levels, with front-wheel drive (FWD) or all-wheel drive (AWD) available, but SX has a new addition this year. Check out the specs below.
The same powertrain will be returning to the large Kia SUV for the 2022 model year, starting soon if not already. Automakers like to release model years about halfway into the year preceding it. Under the hood of each 2022 Kia Telluride will be a 3.8-liter V6 Lambda-II engine, optimized with gasoline direct-injection (GDI) for the best performance this SUV can deliver. Able to generate 291 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque, whether drivers choose FWD or AWD, they’re getting a solid ride out of this SUV. An electronically controlled 8-speed automatic transmission with a Sportmatic Sports Shifter sends the power to the wheels, with an EPA of 20 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway when choosing FWD, and a fuel economy of 19/24 mpg city/highway when choosing AWD.
Kia Corp is well on its way to make more noise with its upcoming electric vehicle lineup. With seven more all-electric vehicles set to launch by 2027, the automaker has already started off with the EV6, the first all-electric dedicated vehicle to be added to the collection. What we mean by that is, the EV6 never had an internal combustion engine predecessor, it started as an electric and will end as an electric. However, over the last twelve months, Kia Corp has released more than just the EV6 – the brand-new Kia Carnival comes to mind, as well as the refreshed Kia Sorento, redesigned Kia K5, and that fancy Kia Seltos that surprisingly went global. All of these, plus the overseas Picanto, and there are plenty of award shows that want to put the spotlight on Kia. All of these vehicles won awards during the 2021 Russian Car of the Year annual Awards Ceremony for their respective classes.
“We are extremely proud that this year Kia has won a record number of awards at the Russian Car of the – one of the most important automotive competitions. Our models became the best in five classes. However the title of “Favorite brand in mass segment” is an exceptional honor for us. It has remained an emotional target for us over a dozen years, being a symbol of recognition and trust of Russian consumers. We appreciate a lot the success we have achieved in Russia. The requirements for a car among Russian car owners are much stronger than in other markets due to difficult road climate conditions and people’s expectations that the car will become a reliable assistant for all occasions. For us, this success means that for millions of customers in Russia, Kia cars meet all requirements and provide excellent customer experience for their owners. Eventually, this is the goal of all our work”. – commented Alexander Migal, Managing Director of Kia Russia & CIS
There have been a few hiccups with the Kia EV6 First Edition model. Aside from the reservation website going down on June 3rd – which reopened on the 8th – the global chip shortage for semiconductors is going to be a hard hurdle to jump as the year goes on and chips become more scarce. After all, what is an electric vehicle? The First Edition EV6s may be the only units available of this new model, with a limited run of 1500 units. They were all available for reservation on Kia.com, but don’t rush to the manufacturer website. All 1500 units have already been bought up by fans and consumers alike.
“Kia welcomes the first EV6 buyers who join us in this historic movement…Kia’s ‘electric lifestyle’ delivers a unique combination of luxury, performance and technology and the First Edition EV6 will provide owners with an experience all of their own.” – Sean Yoon, president and CEO of Kia North America and Kia America
This shouldn’t be a surprise. Any time an automaker launches a Launch Edition of a new vehicle, or even a special edition, they go fast. Consumers can’t seem to resist the temptation when they see the words “limited” or “special”. On top of the reserved EV6 unit, consumers also got to choose one of three gifts that would come with the EV6 First Edition model. Consumers who reserved a unit could also choose (1) an at-home vehicle charger with a 1000 kWh credit within a national charging network, or (2) an Apple Watch. Personally, I hate Apple products, so I can proudly say over 80-percent of registrants chose the smart option – an at home charger. Seriously though, if buying an electric vehicle, getting an at-home charger just makes sense. For those that picked the smart watch, all it does is allow them to link up with EV6’s suite of Kia Connect services – something you can do with a smartphone, albeit. Bravo on that choice.
Last week, we discussed the reveal of the Kia EV6, the very first vehicle to come from the Kia Motors Corp, now Kia Corp, and known as Kia America for Kia Motors America. There was so much information to cover, we decided to split it up a bit. The new powertrain, style, and interior cabin of the EV6 already has a lot going for it, but the technology really sends this electric vehicle into a new age.
Standard and Available Tech Features
Starting with the dashboard, the driver has a panoramic dual integrated 12-inch TFT center cluster displaying vehicle diagnostics, and the infotainment screens form a wide, curved display that extends across the length of the instrument panel. An Augmented Reality (AR) Head-Up Display (HUD) is available, and makes viewing this information easier, including speed and Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) alerts, vehicle information, lane guidance and turn-by-turn navigation instructions.