Kia’s lineup will soon have some major changes within the next few years as it’s rumored to have plans to update or introduce seven models between the second half of next 2012 and the first half of 2015. According to Automotive News, Kia’s major models like the Soul, Sorento, Sportage, Optima, and Forte will be given updates sometime in 2014. The Forte sedan, which was already seen as the K3/Cerato sedan, was set to have a January debut with a Forte Koup coupe and five-door hatchback arriving a few months after. The Optima will get a mid-cycle refresh in 2014, with several visual changes coming in at the summer of 2013. The Sorento, which was intended for the US market, will follow the model for the international market.
It will get minor visual modifications as Kia puts it on top of the new Hyundai Santa Fe platform. Meanwhile, the Sportage will get a new grille and front fascia. It’s expected to enter dealerships late next summer as a 2014 model. The Soul will get several comparable chassis upgrades. Admittedly, it is due for a total redesign. Notably, the boxy hamster mobile will be riding on top of the new Hyundai Accent/Kia Rio.
The Soul’s boxy, funky aesthetic has been very successful so its appearance isn’t likely to change much. As these updates are already in process, Kia is prioritizing two new models, the Cadenza and Quoris. The Cadenza will be a front-wheel drive large sedan with a 3.5-liter V-6 engine, which basically makes it Kia’s version of the Hyundai Azera. Meanwhile, the Quoris would be built on a rear-wheel-drive platform and will be powered by a 3.8-liter V-6 and an eight-speed automatic transmission. It’s actually a lot like the Hyundai Genesis sedan. Reportedly, the Quoris will be Kia’s technological powerhouse, with more new technological features such as the blind spot information systems, lane departure warning systems, and radar-guided cruise control. The Cadenza will be a 2014 model and will come out next summer. The Quoris is predicted to debut in 2014 as a 2015 model. [source: Automotive News - sub. required]