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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.
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Kia has been coming out with a lot of new vehicles lately. This year we were treated to the debut of the Kia Stinger, and at SEMA, we got a glimpse of some autonomous vehicles Kia is developing. However, until autonomous vehicles become the norm, automakers need to focus on where the money is, and right now that’s crossovers, SUVs, and hybrids. No wonder Kia has four of their own, including the 2017 Kia Niro Hybrid Crossover.
SO, where did it all start? We’re thinking the Kia Optima Hybrid set the stage, a variation of the original Optima, followed by the Optima PHEV and Kia Soul EV – another variation of an original model. The 2017 Kia Niro is the most recent of the trend.
Kia Optima Hybrids
The 2017 Kia Optima Hybrid and PHEV are both variations of the original Kia Optima. They may look the same and share similar characteristics, but the powertrain is much different. Starting with the Kia Optima Hybrid, a 2.0-liter I4 Full Parallel Hybrid System runs things with a 2.0-liter GDI engine with CVVT and a 38 kW motor powered by a 1.76 kWh lithium polymer battery. It may not seem like much, but the engine designs GDI and CVVT completely change the game.
“GDI” stands for gasoline direct injection, a type of fuel injection system that injects highly pressurized fuel directly into the cylinders of an engine during the combustion cycle. Due to its resulting optimization of horsepower and fuel economy, it’s starting to replace other injection systems. “CVVT”, or Continuously Variable Valve Timing, like “CVT” transmission, can alter the timing of air intake and exhaust valve lift events to suit all speeds and conditions, without losing fuel or power. Together, this leads to a total output of 193-horsepower for the Kia Optima Hybrid, with a fuel economy of 39/46 mpg city/highway.
Unlike the Kia Optima Hybrid, that relies on regenerative braking to charge the battery (a process of transferring the power used to top a vehicle (braking) into a generator for the electric motor), the Kia Optima PHEV is a plug-in hybrid-electric vehicle. This means drivers can rely on regenerative braking or just charge the battery via an electrical outlet/charging station. With that comes the ability to drive on electricity-alone with zero emissions.
The Kia Optima PHEV is powered by a 156-hp 2.0-liter GDI engine and a 50 kW electric motor, powered by a 9.8 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery pack. The combined fuel economy currently sits at 40 mpg, and that’s when it is in hybrid mode. If running on electricity-alone, drivers can cover over 30 miles before needing power from the engine. It has three ways to charge the battery: regenerative braking, a Level 1 (120v) charger that receives a full charge in 9 hours, and a Level 2 (240v) charger for use at public station to charge up in less than 3 hours.
Breaking a record in the Guinness Book of World Records used to be a huge thing back in the day. Kinda like setting the new high score on old arcade games, it was always a source of pride for those who achieved them. Today, it might seem like getting in the Guinness Book for a record is a thing of the past, but that doesn’t mean people or companies have stopped trying. Take the Kia Niro for instance – it just set earned the Guinness World Record title for the lowest fuel consumption driving across the U.S. from coast to coast in a hybrid car.
The Niro crossover will be Kia’s first dedicated hybrid automobile, and although they have yet to be released, drivers and Kia fans will be pleased to know that the fancy CUV shown off at SEMA has a hybrid version with as much bark as bite. With an EPA-estimated 50 mpg combined, that’s enough to set it apart from other hybrids in its class. In fact, to make things official, Kia got together with Guinness and created a new record category just for this – a sort of “come at me bro” from Kia to the rest of the auto industry.
Kia has a lot of concepts yet to be released, and we do mean a lot. Twenty-three to be exact; twenty-one if we count the ones that have been released or are about to be released. With all those concepts, one has to wonder… when is the next one going to be on the road?
The Kia GT
The Kia Soul and autonomous concepts were shown off at SEMA, along with an autonomous Sedona and the new Kia Niro, and a little while back, we talked about the Kia GT4 Stinger, a very cool looking concept. There were several press releases about the GT4 Stinger when the design was first introduced, and there was talk whether the rendition linked above was the Stinger or another model. There hasn’t been any major news on it since late 2014, it’s one of those concepts that keeps getting pushed back. Now, with Kia’s The Curve Ahead promotion, car enthusiasts are starting to extend their antennae and pick up on what Kia’s next car might actually be.
Although Kia has not published any press releases about the Kia GT since its conception, recent spy photos from one of Kia’s recent test drives of an unknown model are leading enthusiasts to believe that the next model to be released will be the Kia GT. Additionally, Kia made an announcement that they will debut a new sedan at the 2017 North American International Auto Show, so the Kia GT might finally be coming out to play.
Kia has been killing it this year. Throughout 2016, they have won awards, released new innovative models, and they even had some pretty nifty vehicles to show off at SEMA this year. However, they’re not stopping anytime soon, seeing as how they just won another award and are continuing to reach out to their consumers.
2017 Kia Soul Earns Best Buy Award from Consumer Guide Automotive
The 2017 Kia Soul was introduced just in time for the 2017 Consumer Guide Automotive Awards. Being a part of the subcompact car segment, it went home with the Best Buy award – for the third year in a row! This is a shout out to the past when earlier this very year, Kia received the number one spot in ranking during the J.D. Power and Associates Quality Study.
Once a year in Las Vegas, automakers tend go “all out” and show off their newest creations at SEMA. Having won many awards and making noise during 2016, is it any wonder that Kia is also bringing a few surprises to SEMA this year? The auto brand has three vehicles to debut, and they’re looking pretty great.
The SEMA trade show, or the Specialty Equipment Market Association trade show, an organization that deals exclusively to the vehicle aftermarket, holds a show every year in Las Vegas so automakers and buyers can see what’s on display, discover new auto parts, or just attend seminars and network with the right people. It started November 1, and only lasts four days. The SEMA Show attracts more than 100,000 industry leaders from more than 100 countries to discuss and share profit opportunities in the automotive, truck and SUV, and other auto markets. However, it’s not open to the general public.
We’re not here to talk about it anyways. We’re here to discuss Kia’s new vehicles being brought to light. First up is a vehicle we’ve been waiting for, but with a couple of modifications – the new Kia Niro.
New Kia Niro Concept
On display at SEMA is a really cool modified version of the all-new Kia Niro (pictured above). On Kia’s Facebook page, they state “…[we] wanted to make a car as tough and versatile as a triathlete with the comfort of a day spa.” It’s a little odd at first, but think it over – a vehicle that can do anything with a buff exterior, but on the inside is comfy and cozy. However, the Niro is looking nothing like the original concept.
Kia has a lively set of concept models for this year’s SEMA show in Vegas. From a rolling beer bar to go-kart racing central, they’re definitely showing off some creativity.
Kia’s theme for this year is “A Day at the Races,” so each of their models showcases an exciting aspect of a fun time at the track. It’s a really great way for the brand to highlight the influence that motorsports have had on the lineup.
And while several of their concepts are geared toward more practical uses, one went purely performance. A souped up version of the K900 is ready to give show-goers of glimpse of high-powered luxury.
Kia dealers are really excited for the company’s concepts to take the stage tomorrow. Take a closer look at what each of Kia’s race day specials has to offer.