Nearly a decade after the 2011 Kia Optima paved the way for one of the auto industry's most significant growth and achievement stories, Kia Motors America (KMA) is resetting expectations once again with the reveal of the all-new Kia K5 mid-size sedan. Representing one of the biggest leaps forward between generations in recent automotive history, the K5 celebrates this bold new chapter in Kia's story with an equally bold name to emphasize the mid-size sedan's revolutionary design, all-new safety and performance enhanced "N3" platform, turbocharged engines, available all-wheel drive, and high-impact technology. In other words, Kia's "Give It Everything" philosophy in the U.S. is evident and "alive" in this new machine.
But why try to reimagine the sedan, especially during a time when the market continues to shift towards crossovers and SUVs? Fueled by an unstoppable spirit to push harder and work smarter, Kia was determined to give it everything instead of giving up; completely rethinking the traditional sedan.
Going on sale in summer 2020, the Kia K5 will be available in four trim levels (LX, LXS, GT-Line, EX), with the adrenaline-fueled Kia K5 GT to follow in the fall 2020.
A Daring, New Design Identity
A catalyst for the further transformation of Kia's lineup, the K5's powerful and angular design language represents another chapter of boldness and passion for the brand. The centerpiece is Kia's modernized "tiger face," with the wide and thin front grille extending into the headlight and hood structure. From the side, the K5's low-slung and fastback silhouette confirms the impression it was made to run, highlighted by a chrome garnish that spans the roofline and wraps around the rear glass. A number of other exterior design traits give the K5 an unexpected level of visual impact:
Shark skin-inspired mesh design on front grille and dual chrome exhaust tip garnish (GT-Line, GT)
Signature "Heart Beat" daytime running lights and taillights with available LED "dashes" span the width of the rear deck lid
Gloss black applique on rear glass enhances fastback shape while maintaining sedan functionality and cargo space
Newly designed 16-, 18-, or 19-inch alloy wheels (18- and 19-inch wheels come with sporty Pirelli P-Zero tires)