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 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 drive1, 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.
Going on sale this summer, the K5 will be available in four trim levels (LX, LXS, GT-Line, EX), with the adrenaline-fueled GT to follow later in the fall.
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)
Harmonizing the open layout of the cockpit is a newly designed infotainment display that seamlessly stretches into the instrument panel, creating a futuristic, three-dimensional layout and driver-centric space. Other interior highlights include:
- Aircraft-type shift knob
- A mix of premium and sporty upholstery options including red leatherette seating, satin chrome metallic and wood-like finishes on the dashboard and door panels, depending on trim
- Panoramic sunroof
- Flat-bottom, sport steering wheel (GT-Line, GT)
At the Root of it All
The K5’s new identity starts with the advanced third-generation “N3” platform, which will serve as the foundation for future Kia models. In this application, the platform allows the K5 to sit longer, lower and wider compared to its predecessor, resulting in its aggressive profile and deeper center of gravity for a more exciting driving experience. Additional highlights include:
- Increased exterior dimensions in all the right places for a sport sedan look and feel
- Length: 193.1 inches (+2 inches over Kia’s outgoing Optima)
- Width: 73.2 inches (+1 inch)
- Height: 56.9 inches (-0.8 inches)
- Wheelbase: 112.2 inches (+1.8 inches)
- Suspension geometry optimized for sporty handling, responsiveness and stability
- Increased average tensile strength and additional hot stamped parts makes for a solid body in white
- Improved sound deadening materials result in a quieter and more premium cabin
- Acoustic laminated windshield standard on all K5 trims
More Turbo. More Traction
Kia’s exhilarating and efficient powertrain options unleash the spirit of the everyday driver, with a “turbocharged” lineup that includes a choice of two powerful engines. Kia engineers further pushed the envelope with an available eight-speed “wet” dual-clutch transmission for fast and precise gearshifts, plus an available all-wheel drive system for improved traction and capability. More details include:
- 2.5-liter turbocharged GDI + MPI four-cylinder engine making 290 horsepower and 311 lb.-ft. of torque, paired with the new 8-speed “wet” Dual Clutch Transmission (GT) goes 0-60 mph in 5.8 seconds
- A first for Kia, the in-house developed, 8-speed “wet” DCT helps K5 establish credentials as a sports sedan
- 1.6-liter turbocharged GDI four-cylinder engine producing 180 horsepower and 195 lb.-ft. of torque, managed by an all-new eight-speed automatic transmission (LX, LXS, GT-Line, EX)
- Engine adopts Continuously Variable Valve Duration (CVVD) functionality. An industry first, this technology results in a performance boost and improvement in efficiency thanks to independent control of the valve duration
- Available all-wheel drive (AWD) with 1.6T engine provides all-weather capabilities and enhanced driving performance by actively distributing torque between the front and rear wheels, depending on road conditions and driving situations (LXS & GT-Line option). AWD will be available in late 2020 and offered only with 1.6T engine.
- The K5’s all-wheel drive system is front-wheel drive based, which is a first for a Kia sedan.
- Uses electro-hydraulic system to control AWD coupling for a quicker response and more precise control
- “Snow” drive mode enhances driver security and all-weather confidence
- Normal, Smart, Sport, and Custom drive modes adjust settings for engine, transmission, AWD (when equipped) and steering mapping to provide the desired driving experience
- GT steps it up with Sport+ mode to enhance driving characteristics
Next Level Technology
New wireless features minimize cord clutter and keep the cockpit clean, while a seamless infotainment display layout and voice command system help keep the driver’s eyes on the road. Some technology and convenience highlights to look out for include:
- 8- or 10.25-inch high-resolution color touchscreen
- Split-screen functionality and available satellite radio
- Available 10.25-inch inch touchscreen adds server-based available navigation system provides real-time traffic data, new multi-connection Bluetooth wireless connectivity that lets two phones connect simultaneously, UVO telematics with connected user profiles, allowing different drivers to create the environment they desire with the perfect seat position, outside mirror placement, and favorite radio stations
- Bose Premium sound system, available with 12 high-performance speakers with Bose Centerpoint technology converts stereo sources into a richer surround-sound experience and dynamic Speed Compensation analyzes the sound source and automatically adjusts it according to driving speed.
- Active Sound Design provides a dynamic auditory experience by enhancing the sound of engine acceleration and gear shifts according to the selected drive mode
- A first for Kia, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto cuts the cord on charging cables, meaning drivers can enjoy being connected without being plugged in (wireless functionality not available on 10.25-inch navigation system)
- Available wireless smartphone charging with drop-in design keeps smartphones at reach and secured inside the charging pad with reduced charging time with increased charge rates and added cooling fan.
- Available natural language voice recognition software recognizes a number commands including “turn on the A/C,” and “heat the steering wheel.”
- Newly available Smart Key functions like remote Engine Start and Climate pre-acclimatizes the cabin before passengers enter the vehicle. The standard dual-zone control system can automatically set cabin temperature to a comfortable 72 degrees from the Smart Key. Hands-free Smart Trunk, access to the rear conveniently pops open when the Smart Key is detected behind the vehicle.
- Standard Rear Occupant Alert: Designed to provide a message in the instrument cluster for the driver to “Check rear seats” in order to help prevent leaving the vehicle with a rear passenger left inside; the message appears when the driver door is opened after a rear passenger door has been opened and closed.
- “Sound of Nature” ambient system creates a peaceful retreat inside K5 with six calming themes
The “Kia Drive Wise” suite of Advanced Driver-Assistance Systems (ADAS) has more to offer, with some of the key features including:
- Standard Forward Collision Warning (FCW)
- Standard Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) with available Pedestrian and Cyclist detection
- Standard Driver Attention Warning (DAW)
- Leading Vehicle Departure Alert (LVDA)
- Standard Lane Following Assist (LFA)
- Forward Collision Avoidance Assist (FCA) – Junction Turning (FCA-JT)
- Available Blind Spot Collision Avoidance Assist (BCA)
- Available Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Avoidance Assist (RCCA)
- Available Parking Distance Warning-Reverse (PDW-R)
- Available Parking Collision Avoidance Assist (PCA-R)
- Available Navigation Based Smart Cruise Control-Curve (NSCC-C)
- Available Highway Driving Assist (HDA)
- Available Safe Exit Assist (SEA)