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European-spec 2018 Kia Optima gets new engine options

After many years, Kia finally decided that they would get rid of the Optima’s former 1.7 liter CRDi engine to make way for their new 1.6 liter diesel engine. This new engine will be offered in the European spec model, and is substantially cleaner than its predecessor - thanks to the Selective Catalytic Reduction active emissions control technology, allowing it to meet even stricter rules than the ones applicable for the Euro 6d TEMP emissions standard.

As for output, the model develops 134 horsepower (100 kilowatts) and 320 Newton metres (236 pound feet) of torque. This gives it the exact same amount of output as its predecessor, but with 4 Newton metres (3 pound feet) less torque.

Meanwhile, if you prefer a gasoline engine, you’re in luck because Kia plans to introduce a turbocharged 1.6 liter unit with 177 horsepower channeled to the road through a seven speed, dual clutch automatic gearbox. This 1.6 liter will be positioned in between the naturally aspirated 2.0 liter and the more potent 2.0 liter turbo that you could get in the range topping model.

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More stylish and high-tech 2018 Kia Ceed is unveiled, notice the dropped apostrophe

The outgoing Kia Cee’d nameplate has had a pretty huge success since it was first revealed in 2012, with sales figures of around 640,000 units. However, the segment has become more challenging for the Korean automakers because of how its rivals have improved their offerings, including the Honda Civic, Volkswagen Golf, and the upcoming 2018 Ford Focus. And this is why Kia decided to raise the model’s game as it revealed their all new model ahead of its debut at Geneva next month.

Now, the automaker made a slight change to its name, now turning it into “Ceed”, by taking out the apostrophe. The reason for this is for it to appeal to the worldwide market. Ceed actually stands for “Community of Europe, with European Design”.

Similar to its predecessor, the 2018 Kia Ceed still has the automaker’s signature “Tiger Nose” grille tradition, flanked with ice cube daytime running lights that are pretty standard for them. This model gets more straight lines instead of creases and tapering lines like that of the previous model.

Read the entire article More stylish and high-tech 2018 Kia Ceed is unveiled, notice the dropped apostrophe

2018 Kia Rio GT Line shows up ahead of Geneva Motor Show

Immediately after the 2018 Detroit Auto Show, automakers are now shifting their focus to the next major event, and that is the 2018 Geneva Motor Show that will be taking place in March. One of the first companies that have teased us with what’s soon to come would be Land Rover, with their fancy new Range Rover SV Coupe. Now, it is Kia’s turn as they are ready to reveal the sporty GT Line specification for its Rio supermini.

To give you a refresher, some models that are members of the GT Line family include the Picanto, Sportage, Optima and Sorento, and this new Rio GT Line is simply a visual pack that will give the B-segment hatchback a sportier exterior appearance. Up front, there will be a set of four-point “ice cube” LED fog lights, as it sits on a set of 17 inch alloy wheels that you can only get in this version. Kia has also added a few glossy black accents all over the model, contrasted with a chrome window trim and twin exhaust tips.

As for the interior, there aren’t a lot of things to discuss because the Rio GT will have the same interior as the standard Rio models. In fact, the only interior upgrade it gets is that it is now covered in a black synthetic leather and cloth upholstery with grey stitching, metallic accents, and carbon fiber look for the dashboard. It also gets a new flat bottomed steering wheel that gets a “GT Line” badge.

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2019 Kia Forte gets Stinger-inspired cues, has combined fuel economy of up to 35 mpg

The 2019 Kia Forte may not be as great as its bigger brother, the Stinger, in term of performance. However, the third generation sedan gets some of the Stinger’s design elements, like the more aggressive lower fascia as well as the new set of sweptback headlights. It looks more coupe-like now because of the flowing roof as well as the shorter rear.

Apart from the new style, the Forte has also been made more efficient. The automaker equips it with the so called Intelligent Variable Transmission, which is the company’s CVT gearbox that was developed in house. It also has a six speed manual as an option. This is paired to a 2.0 liter four cylinder that runs on the Atkinson Cycle, helping it produce as much as 147 horsepower and 132 pound feet of torque.

There are no exact figures for now, but Kia claims that this engine with the CVT can get 35 miles per gallon combined fuel economy, that gives it 3 miles per gallon more than the Forte with a six-speed automatic.

Read the entire article 2019 Kia Forte gets Stinger-inspired cues, has combined fuel economy of up to 35 mpg

In a country where sport utility vehicles and crossover are of high demand, keeping things fresh could spell success. Kia Motors America is aware of this, which is why it has just unveiled the refreshed 2019 Kia Sorento SUV at the 2017 Los Angeles Motor Show. The tweaks made were subtle but smarter, making the vehicle more appealing to customers in the United States.

As early as July this year, Kia already revealed the mid-cycle facelift of the Sorento in South Korea. The European facelift followed in September in Frankfurt, Germany. Now, it is the US refresh that got unwrapped, and this time it was in LA.

Still as rugged, refined and capable as before, the 2019 Kia Sorento comes standard as a three-row SUV with seating for seven passengers and is offered in five trim levels: L, LX, EX, SX and SXL. Kia has tweaked both its exterior and interior, but no major design changes were made. For instance, the new Sorento is provided with new front and rear fascias that lend the SUV with a more sophisticated and mature look. Its more detailed grille is now flanked by new headlights (full LED on SX and SXL), while its newly sculpted bumper now dons redesigned ice cube-style fog lamps that employ projection bulbs for EX and SX trims and LED for the SXL trim.

Read the entire article Refreshed 2019 Kia Sorento appears at LA Auto Show with minor visual tweaks and more tech

Kia first unveiled the Niro PHEV at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, where it said it would go on sale in sale in the third quarter of 2017. Now, the US version of the Niro PHEV has made its debut in LA, sales in the country expected to commence in 2018. Once sales go online, the new 2018 Kia Niro PHEV will be available in three trim levels: LX, EX and EX Premium.

The new Niro PHEV has all the same packaging and driving enjoyment offered by the Niro hybrid. However, it has a number of elements that identify it as a PHEV. These include “ECO/Plug-In” badges, hybrid blue exterior accents, a charge port door (on left front fender) as well as tweaked front grille insert and surround. It comes available with LED headlamps and seven-inch color meter cluster with digital tachometer.

As a plug-in hybrid, the new Niro PHEV employs a combination of an all-aluminum 1.6-liter GDI (gasoline direct injection) four-cylinder engine and an 60-hp (44.5 kW) electric motor for a total system output of 139 hp and combined torque of 195 lb.-ft. This is backed by an 8.9 kWh (59 kW) lithium-polymer battery pack. Thanks to the higher capacity of the battery capacity (plus 7.34 kWh more than the Niro hybrid), the Niro PHEV boasts of fuel economy rating of 105 MPGe.

Read the entire article 2018 Kia Niro PHEV marks North American debut at 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show

After unveiling the mid-cycle refresh for the Europe-spec Kia Sorento mid-size sports utility vehicle (model year 2018) at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show in September, the South Korean carmaker is now set to do the same for the model bound for the United States. But days before Kia takes the wraps off the US-spec Sorento at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show, the carmaker has released a number of images of the new mid-size SUV for fans and enthusiasts to feast on.

Kia hasn’t released any details yet on the refreshed US-spec Sorento (2019 model year), even when the 2017 LA Auto Show is peeking around the corner. But perhaps, the South Korean has decided that it would best to divulge matters related to the new US-spec Sorento during the event.

For now, these two images are what Kia has provided to satisfy the curiosity of potential customers. However, he went as far as saying the images were taken while the mid-size SUV is managing through the perilous Hell’s Revenge 4x4 trail in Moab, Utah.

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In a bid to get its share of spotlight in the ever-expanding SUV arena, Kia is finally sending its Pro Cee’d out the door by welcoming four new SUV models on stage. These four new SUV variants will be focused towards its European market, including a performance oriented shooting brake that is likely to be launched early next year.

While the Pro Cee’d has been discontinued, Kia is replacing the three-door hatch with exciting new models comprising of a crossover-type SUV, a sport –style wagon, a shooting brake and a long roof variant. The timing is perfect now that the Korean car maker is pushing its products more globally especially in Europe. In the previous year, Kia has sold over 89,000 vehicles in the UK where most of the sales are accounted for its SUVs --- earning the brand a larger market share versus Mini, Mazda, Land Rover, Fiat and Citroen.

With design references coming mostly from the brand’s current SUVs as well as from its popular Euro-spec Cee’d hatchback, Kia’s upcoming compact SUV line will be positioned just below its existing Stonic and Sportage models but otherwise on the same level as the Seat Ateca and Nissan Qashqai SUVs in the highly competitive ground.

Read the entire article Kia gets rid of Pro Cee’d 3-door hatchback but shooting brake and SUV variants will launch next year

Don’t you agree that the most exciting thing to do before actually driving your new car is playing with the configurator? After reading and watching countless reviews about the 2018 Kia Stinger, we can finally create our dream Stingers through Kia’s official configuration tool.

For the United States market, Kia will be offering five different trim levels to customers. The entry level model, or the “Stinger”, starts at $31,900. It is powered by a 2.0-liter inline-four cylinder with as much as 255 horsepower (190 kilowatts) that’s paired with an eight-speed automatic. The next trim would be the Premium, which comes with the same four-cylinder engine as the base trim.

The three other models will be the GT, GT1, and GT2 - and these are also the most popular versions that all feature a 3.3 liter V6 with 365 horsepower (272 kilowatts). If you prefer an all-wheel drive over a rear-wheel drive, you can buy an upgrade worth $2,200 throughout the entire lineup.

Read the entire article 2018 Kia Stinger can now be configured online, choose from 5 trim levels

Car manufacturers have been boasting a lot of interesting cars and concepts at the ongoing 2017 SEMA Show. From BMW’s M5 Performance Parts, Chevrolet’s cool new software update for the Corvette, and Kia’s good-looking trio. Yes, even Kia stepped up their game and made a noise at SEMA, by bringing along two hot Stingers and an all-black Cadenza.

Let us get into more detail about each car beginning with the wide body Stinger. As you can see in the photo, it had been hand crafted by the people at West Coast Customs. And if you know something about car history, you would notice a slight resemblance between the custom Stinger and the GT cars of the 1970s. But despite the same wide body treatment that it got, it still has Kia’s already aggressive design.

The Stinger rides on a set of 21-inch Keen forged wheels paired with high performance tires. It also sits on a lowered suspension (by 1.4 inches up front, and 1.2 inches in the rear), and is finished in layers of pearl blue metallic paint. The body has a lightweight carbon fiber aero kit and a rear diffuser to keep the sedan close to the ground. Inside is a driver-centric cockpit with bright blue leather piping that match the handmade grey leather seats.

Read the entire article Customized Kia Cadenza, Stinger will impress you at 2017 SEMA Show

South Korean carmaker Kia will try to follow up the success of its Sportage compact sports utility vehicle by introducing a smaller SUV (subcompact) in the United Kingdom in the guise of the new 2018 Kia Stonic. The new Stonic – Kia’s first entry into the B-SUV segment – will be available in the UK for as a low as £16,295 starting October 23, 2017.

Underpinned by the same platform used on the latest iteration of the Kia Rio, the new Kia Stonic will be available in two different trim grades (Stonic 2 and Stonic First Edition) and three different engines (a 1.4-liter naturally aspirated petrol engine, a 1.0-liter T-GDi turbocharged petrol unit and a 1.6-liter CRDi turbodiesel).

The Kia Stonic 2 trim could be powered by any of three available engines, with the version having the 1.4-liter naturally aspirated petrol engine (with output of 98 PS or 97hp) under its hood serving as the entry-level model. This base model – featuring a starting price of £16,295—is provided as standard with bi-function projection headlights, LED daytime running lights, cornering lights, electrically adjustable heated side mirrors, rear parking sensors, roof rails and 17-inch alloy wheels. It is also provided with 3.5-inch supervision cluster, multi-function steering wheel, a six-speaker sound system and all-round electric windows as well as remote locking, Bluetooth with music streaming and 60:40 split rear seats.

Read the entire article UK sales of 2018 Kia Stonic B-SUV begin on October 23, priced from £16,295

Pricing for the hot hatch sedan was updated only recently but may still be subject to change before the car hits US dealerships by the end of the year. As it goes, the base Stinger 2.0T should come with a sticker price of $31,900 plus destination charge of $895. That’s a total of $32,795 for the lowest-priced 2018 Kia Stinger in the lineup which has the standard 255hp turbocharged four-cylinder engine.

Pricing for the rest of the variants will go up from here starting with the Kia Stinger Premium 2.0T at $37,000, this is followed by the GT 3.3T at $39,000. Next is the more potent GT1 3.3T at $43,500 and last but definitely not the least is the GT2 3.3 T variant that you can have for $49,500. Again, destination charge for each car will cost you around $895 plus additional $2,200 for an AWD setup for all models.

The loaded version is packed with 3.3-liter V6 engine that produces a powerful output of 365hp (272kW) and 376lb-ft (509 Nm) of torque. Marry this to an eight-speed automatic with paddle shifters and the sedan hatch could go from a zero to 60mph (96km/h) in as fast as 4.7 seconds before hitting a top speed of 167mph (268 km/h). The eight speed AT gearbox is the only option for transmission and will come as standard for Stinger’s entire range.

Read the entire article 2018 Kia Stinger priced from $32,795 (Base) to $51,000 (GT2)

Kia has already revealed some details about their new concept, the Proceed. And now, we are getting our first look at it. The first two generations of the Kia Proceed we have seen are both three-door coupes, and now it seems like the company is planning to significantly change the model for the third generation. The new Proceed concept will now have the look of a sporty wagon with five doors, similar to a shooting brake. In fact, it now looks more like a Stinger sedan more than anything else, and that is a good thing.

The model was designed in Europe, and the “extended hot hatch” will be sitting on a set of large 20-inch wheels that look more like a work of art, thanks to its intricate design. The new Proceed has a more rakish roofline that overall gives it a very nice silhouette, but still kind of reminds you of its coupe predecessors. By looking at the images, the IAA-bound concept is dressed in a striking Lava Red paint, equipped with the sporty GT specifications. This comes with large air vents at its Stinger-like front fascia, and with large fenders and carbon fiber details, though we do think some of these design elements will not make it to production stage.

What’s cool about this concept is the fact that the greenhouse’s outline automatically lights up, while the door handles pop out when the drive approaches the car.

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Kia is now headed to Europe for this year’s 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show which is slated to begin next week September 14 and stay open until the 24th. Tagging along the much anticipated Proceed concept is the SUV- inspired Picanto X-Line and the refreshed 2018 Kia Sorento Facelift. While the Sorento’s first public debut is only several days from now, Kia has already revealed the new look of the seven-seater SUV along with the announcement of a new GT line.

The new Sorento features a redesigned exterior and interior and is packed with Kia’s most advanced in-car and safety technologies. Apart from the new GT line, the new SUV will come available in the new 8-speed automatic transmission which comes exclusively with the 2.2-liter diesel engine.

While the existing six speed manual will still be offered, Kia is also introducing the new 2.2 liter diesel Sorento with 8-Speed Automatic transmission as a replacement for the current 6-speed AT variant. The new transmission is expected to offer smoother and faster gear changes aside from delivering lower CO2 emissions from 172g/km to 159. The new Sorento will feature four modes of driving (Smart, Sport, Comfort and Eco) to help achieve its optimum fuel efficiency.

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For the first time, Kia will be unveiling their most powerful Picanto later this month at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, dubbed the Picanto X-Line. This comes with a turbocharged 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine that can give as much as 98 horsepower and 127 pound-feet of torque (172 Newton metres) spread over a broad 1,500 - 4,000 rpm rev range.

Kia plans to bring this model to dealerships later this year in Europe. In terms of performance, the Picanto X-Line can do 0-62 miles per hour in a little over 10 seconds, with an average of 4.5 liters / 100 kilometers (62.7 mpg UK or 52.2 in the US) in the New European Driving Cycle.

Despite the performance upgrade, Kia did not consider giving the Picanto that much of a physical makeover to suit the more powerful engine. The X-Line is like a mini version of the Kia Sportage, and is actually a city car that’s inspired by the SUV. As for the suspension, it has been raised by 15 millimeters (0.6 inches). It also comes with rugged bumpers that boast metal-style skid plates, as well as new black wheel arch cladding and lime green details for the grille and fog lights. If you are not a huge fan of green, then you can always opt for silver details.

Read the entire article Frankfurt Preview: 2018 Kia Picanto X-Line is a Sportage-inspired city car

South Korean carmaker Kia Motors has announced that it would be unveiling a new concept car at the upcoming 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. As Kia disclosed, the concept car – still unnamed up to this moment and will likely be so until its official reveal at the Frankfurt Motor Show – would provide a glimpse into the possible design and appearance of the third generation of its Kia Cee’d compact car.

The last time we checked, the Kia Cee’d – a compact car especially made for European customers – is still on its second generation. The first generation Cee’d lasted for six years while the second generation has been on the market since 2012, which means that the third-generation compact car is up for introduction soon. The original Cee’d was unveiled at the 2006 Geneva Motor Show while the second-gen model was unwrapped in the 2012 edition of the event. It was named after the initials of the European Economic Community (EEC or CEE in some places) and European Design (ED). Kia, however, determined that CEEED would have too many Es, so the last E was replaced with an apostrophe mark, resulting to the Cee’d moniker.

However, Kia has made it clear that that the still unnamed concept car to be unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show would be just a design study indicating the possible looks of the next generation of the Cee’d. Should the South Korean carmaker decide to unveil the third generation of the Kia Cee’d next year – or six years after the debut of the second-gen compact car – it could happen at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, the event that introduced the first two generations of the Cee’d.

Read the entire article Kia’s unnamed extended hot hatch concept to be unveiled at 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show

Kia’s Sorento midsize sports utility vehicle is reaching its mid-cycle for the 2018 model year. Thus, its fans, enthusiasts and satisfied customers are expecting the Sorento to receive an update not just in looks, but also in technologies. Now, the 2018 Kia Sorento Facelift is arriving in Kia’s home market South Korea, and it is pretty appealing with its more upscale appearance.

Honestly, the mid-cycle cycle refresh for the third generation of the Sorento SUV features changes that are not so drastic, which means people wouldn’t be able recognize to them right away. These subtle changes include wider chrome fins for the Sorento’s tiger nose grille, making it look more glamorous. The headlights that flanked this tiger nose grille have also been revised for the 2018 model year and they now employ full LED (light emitting diode) technology. These LED headlamps are joined by daytime running lights that also make use of LED units.

In addition, the new 2018 Kia Sorento comes with some tweaks to the front bumper. For instance, the bottom of the retouched bumper now accommodates Kia’s ice cube-inspired fog lights that likewise employ LED technology. The changes up front are mirrored at the rear end, with the LED tail lights now donning a revised appearance. The rear end of the new Sorento also features more angular dual chrome exhaust finishers as well as reflectors that are repositioned higher than before. Completing the looks of the new Sorento is a pair of new running boards and a set of 19-inch glossy alloy wheels with a curved multi-spoke design.

Read the entire article Kia reveals mid-cycle facelift for 2018 Sorento in South Korea

If you look at today’s trends, people seem to be leaning more towards small crossovers instead of mini MPVs, which means that automotive companies should be developing more of the former. That is what Kia has planned with the brand new Stonic that they unveiled on June 20, a week after the Hyundai Kona’s launch.

The Kia Stonic is quickly becoming popular, and is looking like the perfect car to attract new and young customers, as well as current Kia owners that are looking for an upgrade. The Korean automaker even said that almost a quarter of their buyers are upsizing from a hatchback to something with a little more height. Having said all that, it has also been confirmed by Kia’s top manager that we will no longer be seeing a successor of the Venga MPV.

As the SUV segment grows with the new Stonic, it is time to say goodbye to good old MPVs like the Kia Venga. But to make things clear, the Stonic is not a replacement for the Venga. Kia’s European Chief Operating Officer Michael Cole said to AutoExpress that the Stonic’s arrival made it “difficult to justify a next generation” for the Venga. And for the record, MPV segments have been in decline for some time now. He added that as the MPV segment shrunk, “it has created an opportunity for us and sales are going fine for us now”.

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Similar to its automotive adversaries, Kia is doubling its efforts in filling each gap in its line-up of high-riding crossovers and SUVs. Now the South Korean company has unveiled a small, city-friendly model that is called the "Stonic". The 2018 Kia Stonic will be geared to go head to head against Toyota C-HR, Ford Ecosport, Nissan Juke, Hyundai Kona and Honda HR-V. Kia claimed that this new release will be one of its hottest crossovers to date.

According to the Korean vehicle manufacturer, 21% of consumers are choosing to upgrade their beloved hatchback into a taller and bigger vehicle, and its new 2018 Stonic might address these needs and be a strong contender in the crossover range. The Kia Stonic has a significant advantage – its much desired ride height. That’s because the crossover was based on the same platform as of the new Kia Rio.

Its plastic cladding and contrasting roof rails add a more tough aesthetic. The latest crossover is seen sporting the familiar "tiger nose grille" that is located between a pair of detailed headlights, and the new car can be fitted with an eye-catching roof that has an array of 20 different two-tone color combinations to choose from. For the interior space, Kia has given a high priority in this area, with the new crossover offering a class-leading shoulder room. Although the cabin is fitted with some scratchy plastics, don’t worry as the cabin is solid enough to tolerate a high force impact, including tantrums from a toddler.

Read the entire article 2018 Kia Stonic unveiled for Europe

Kia is taking things a step further with the new Kia Stinger, which they first introduced at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show. With the specs given to us by the company, it seems like the sports sedan will be at par with Mercedes and BMW’s new offerings.

Firstly, the said model has been equipped with a powerful 3.3 liter biturbo V6 engine, which is capable of producing as much as 365 horsepower (272 kilowatts). To prove those numbers, the company decided to take the Stinger out for a drive at no other than the Nurburgring. One thing we know is that only the good sports sedans head to that track to prove themselves worthwhile.

So, the Kia Stinger proved itself right as it went through 480 laps and over 6,200 miles (10,000 kilometers) around the Nurburgring in a span of a few weeks. But that’s not all, as the diesel-powered Stinger also sprinted around the Green Hell for double the distance - that is 12,400 miles (20,000 kilometers). We owe thanks to the Kia designers and engineers for ensuring that the aerodynamically sport sedans were made to perform as we expect them to. With all that mileage used up during the test phase, we are pretty confident with the Kia Stinger’s stamina.

Read the entire article Prototypes of the Kia Stinger took on the Nurburgring with 480 laps of hard testing