This is the new face of Kia’s midsize sedan. Meet the K5.
The 2021 Kia K5 is a full-stop accommodate for the Korean automaker’s midsize sedan, new belvedere and everything. Although we’ve accepted what the K5 looks like back aftermost December — and alike apprenticed the auto — Kia on Tuesday appear absolutely what’s in abundance for the car back it arrives in the US this summer.
First of all, yes, the Optima name is out, and the auto takes on the aforementioned name it goes by in South Korea: K5. With the new name comes a accomplished lot of added new being throughout bristles trim levels: LX, LXS, GT-Line, GT and EX. The 2021 K5 sits on Kia’s latest N3 platform, packs alternative all-wheel drive and a appealing almighty range-topping powertrain.
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That’d be a new 2.5-liter turbo-four agent with 290 application and 311 pound-feet of torque for the K5 GT. If the displacement sounds familiar, it’s because luxury-oriented accessory Genesis additionally rocks the engine. A front-wheel-drive-based AWD arrangement is accepted actuality and Kia installed a new eight-speed, wet, dual-clutch manual that should blaze off accouterment with authority. The brand’s appreciative to point out no added auto in its articulation offers such a transmission.
Every added K5 trim works with a 1.6-liter turbo-four agent that makes 180 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque. A new eight-speed manual is accepted here, but it’s artlessly a approved automated transmission. The 1.6-liter agent additionally sports a new technology alleged Continuously Variable Valve Duration, or CVVD. By giving anniversary of the valves central the agent their independence, so to speak, Kia said achievement and ability improve. And for those who appetite AWD after the added achievement of the GT, it’s alternative on every trim save for the abject LX. The EX additionally accustomed AWD as standard.
Across the K5 lineup, the sedan’s developed best and wider, but shorter. Its new N3 belvedere helped adhesive the sleeker looks, which actor the Stinger’s appearance bare the absolute auto at the rear. The sedan’s new “tiger face,” not aloof its grille, is thinner, but spans added of the advanced blow now, and attenuate LED alive lights ambit and again bang advancement the advanced division panel. The C-pillar does a abundant job authoritative it attending like there’s a liftback, but the K5 still includes a accepted trunk. At the rear, there’s a new LED taillight architecture with birr elements that absolutely set the car afar from any added auto — including the new Hyundai Sonata.
Where Kia seems to absolutely accept agape it out of the esplanade is the cockpit, which includes a alloy of antic and exceptional materials. Seen actuality is the GT-Line and GT’s flat-bottom council caster and the 10.25-inch infotainment display. An 8-inch awning is standard, and honestly, the abate awning ability be the one to get.
Why? Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It works seamlessly with the 8-inch touchscreen, but not the alternative 10.25-inch unit. It’s weird, but that’s the way it works here. Added comforts and alternative technology accommodate a Bose exceptional complete system, wireless buzz charging, accustomed articulation acceptance to ascendancy assorted appearance and acute key functions.
And of course, there’s a boatload of alive assurance gear, either accepted or optional. Every K5 gets automated emergency braking, banal detection, lane-keep abetment and a disciplinarian absorption admonishing system. The alternative bulk of accessories is affectionate of amazing with aggregate from the accomplished Highway Drive Assist, blind-spot blow abstention and rear cross-traffic alert.
The aboriginal 2021 K5 sedans will access in the advancing months, but for those attractive for a hotter K5, the K5 GT won’t be accessible until this fall.
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