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Kia Motors is currently doing really well in the auto industry. Winning awards and becoming the safest automotive brand in America, a new electric vehicle on the horizon a.k.a. the Kia Niro EV, and new isolated sound zone technology, there’s a lot of great things coming up for the automaker. With the new model year closing in and new models being added to the lineup, take a look at what’s coming up for Kia Motors in 2019.
The Kia Rio hatchback and sedan were redesigned for 2018, so we won’t see a huge difference until 2021.
The Kia Soul will get some enhancements in 2019. These include a standard 5-inch touch screen, rear camera display and voice recognition on the base model. In 2020, a pending redesign is already in the works, and we may even see a Kia Soul hybrid to complement the Soul EV (not available in the U.S.)
The 2018 Kia Stinger has some serious style, and this has brushed off onto several other vehicles, like the new Kia Forte. Making its way into its third generation, the Kia Forte has a refined powertrain, with new looks to the hood and tiger-nose grille. We may see this soon before the next model year.
If you’ve ever worked in the auto industry, or even did the research for buying a car, then you may have once heard the term model year. However, it’s an odd term that sometimes seems a little unnecessary. Aren’t all 2015 cars released in the year 2015? Well, yes and no. The Chrysler Pacifica was released as a 2017 model sometime early-mid 2016. So a model year is a little different.
What is a Model Year?
Unlike a regular calendar year where an event in 2017 will always be known as 2017, a model year simply relates to when a car is the most available. This is because auto production for many vehicles today takes place in the late summer, and sometimes as early as July. Following its production, a vehicle is usually released soon thereafter, as early as the following fall season.
So, a 2018 model could be made available in the fall of 2017, like the 2018 Kia Stinger we’re still waiting on. In fact, several Kia models have already been released as a 2018 model year, including the Kia Sportage and Kia Sorento. Like the Kia Stinger, the 2018 Kia Optima is on the horizon, as is the Kia Niro PHEV and Kia Stonic. Don’t be surprised if you see either of these in show rooms by October. Regardless, a 2018 model year vehicle is typically available all of the 2018 calendar year and onward, even if the next model year vehicle technically replaces it. It’s not like dealerships pull a lever and empty 2016 inventory when 2017 rolls around — but they are looking to get as many new vehicles in stock as they can, and that’s wherein the trick lies for the “best time to buy a car”.