Kia has revealed the first official images of the K8, the first model for the rebirth of Kia brand to exemplify its new purpose and ambitions for the future.
The K8 represents a new model name for Kia and is the first model to show the brand’s new design identity as well as the contemporary new Kia logo.
With a focus on modern, premium quality and dynamic performance, the K8 moves forward in the sports sedan space and will build on the success of the K7(known as Cadenza in some markets) and continues Kia’s rise towards excellence in the segment later this year.
The K8 features a modern innovative sedan that combines sportiness and performance with a progressive and sleek exterior design.
At the front of the K8 sits a new signature frameless ‘tiger nose’ grille that gives the K8 presence and authority. The frameless grille, which is integrated within the front bumper to give a clean yet expansive look, features an intricate diamond lattice designed to express the movement of light. The front lamps include a turn signal that resembles a star could.
Symbolically pointing the way forward – and sitting proudly at the very front of the K8, just above the reimagined ‘tiger nose’ grille – is Kia’s contemporary new logo that expresses ‘symmetry’, ‘rhythm’ and ‘rising’ elements, embodying Kia’s confidence and renewed commitment to customers.
Inspired by a yacht
The elongated K8 (5,015mm) features a sporty side profile with a dynamic character line that runs the length of the sedan and takes inspiration from yachts sailing across calm waters. A chrome finish runs along the DLO (Daylight Opening) line and the bottom of the doors, and finishes its journey at the rear lamp – adding confidence and gracefulness to the side of the sports sedan.
Completing the progressive yet elegant front and side profile is a dynamic and muscular rear-end that re-interprets the sedan of today as a modern ‘fastback’ passenger car. Strong, dropping shoulders add to the drama of the K8 at the rear, while a clean tailored spoiler beautifully finishes the sporty, low roofline.
Running below the spoiler lip is a futuristic-looking horizontal taillight that carries across the jewel patterned arrangements from the front and side and connects the K8’s next-generation LED rear light clusters.
The 3D vertical clusters hug the corners of the K8, emphasizing clean, angular lines at the rear and further adding depth and width to the rear of the car.
The Kia’s new logo and first-ever K8 badge sit at the rear just below the horizontal light dash.
All-new car, all-new name
The introduction of an all-new model name – the K8 – is part of Kia’s brand transition and represents the premium space in which the new sports sedan will occupy.
The K8 will offer a comfortable yet high-performance driving experience that will complement the simple, ergonomic ‘first class’ interior. The new model signals an upward journey in design, technology and modernity from the outgoing K7, delivering a class-leading package that redefines the meaning of sports sedan.
Due for market launch later this year, more information on the K8 will be made available to in due course.
Kia recently announced that the first of it’s next-generation Battery Electric Vehicles(BEV) will be revealed in the first quarter of 2021, embodying the brand’s shifting focus towards electrification.
Based on new E-GMP technology, this dedicated BEV will boast a crossover-inspired design, while offering an electric driving range of over 500 kilometres and a high-speed charging time of under 20 minutes. This will also be the first global model to bear Kia’s new logo.
With its growing range of BEVs, Kia is targeting a 6.6 per cent share of the global BEV market by 2025, and global annual sales of 500,000 BEVs by 2026.
Kia will also reveal more information about the new design direction of its future products and services in the weeks ahead, with a new design philosophy which reflects the brand’s transformation.
The development of the new model is in line with Kia’s new business strategy and direction, which will see the brand focusing more on popularising BEVs on a global scale. Kia said that it plans to reinforce its global product line-up with the introduction of seven new dedicated BEVs by the year 2027.
It is said that these new models will include a range of passenger vehicles, SUVs and MPVs across several segments, each incorporating industry-leading technology for long-range driving and high-speed charging from Hyundai Motor Group’s new Electric-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP).
Kia is also developing a range of new Purpose-Built Vehicles (PBVs) for corporate customers. These specialised vehicles will be based on flexible ‘skateboard’ platforms, with modular bodies designed to meet the specific mobility needs of a broad range of corporate and fleet customers.
Partnerships with the likes of Canoo and Arrival will mean Kia PBVs can offer different bodies mounted on top of an integrated modular ‘skateboard’ platform, tailored to users’ functional requirements.
This explains exactly why Kia has changed its corporate name from ‘Kia Motors’ to just ‘Kia’, as technology going into its future offerings will revolve around more than just motors and engines.
Under its new brand purpose, Kia also said that it will meet changing customer expectations about how they move, and how their movement impacts the world around them, since consumers are increasingly seeking out flexible, environmentally conscious, and integrated forms of transportation.
Ho Sung Song, President and CEO of Kia Corporation said, “At Kia, we believe that transportation, mobility, and movement represent a human right. Our vision is to create sustainable mobility solutions for consumers, communities, and societies globally. Today we start putting this vision into action with the launch of our new brand purpose and strategy for the future.”
While Kia is in the midst of undergoing a change in distributorship in Malaysia, the brand had also gone through a transformation on a global scale – with the unveiling of a new face, logo, as well as a new slogan declaring the brand’s future direction.
The new logo was unveiled during a record-breaking pyrotechnic display in the skies above Incheon, Korea last week.
The event saw 303 pyrodrones launching hundreds of fireworks in a synchronised artistic display, igniting and celebrating Kia’s new beginning. This set a new Guinness World Record for ‘Most unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) launching fireworks simultaneously’.
According to Kia, the new logo, which features ‘symmetry’, ‘rhythm’ and ‘rising’ elements, embody Kia’s confidence and commitment to customers. The introduction of the new logo also represents Kia’s ambitions to establish a leadership position in the future mobility industry by revamping nearly all facets of its business.
It is also said that the new logo was developed to resemble a handwritten signature. The rhythmical, unbroken line of the logo conveys Kia’s commitment to bringing moments of inspiration, while its symmetry demonstrates confidence. The rising gestures of the logo embody Kia’s rising ambitions for the brand, and more importantly, what it offers customers.
“Kia’s new logo represents the company’s commitment to becoming an icon for change and innovation”, said Ho Sung Song, Kia’s President and CEO.
“The automotive industry is experiencing a period of rapid transformation, and Kia is proactively shaping and adapting to these changes. Our new logo represents our desire to inspire customers as their mobility needs evolve, and for our employees to rise to the challenges we face in a fast-changing industry.”
The launch of the new logo follows the announcement of Kia’s ‘Plan S’ long-term business strategy in 2020. In addition to an all-new logo, Kia also revealed its new global brand slogan, ‘Movement that inspires’.
Under Plan S, Kia, among other objectives, has the ambition to take a leading position in the global car market. This is focused on popularising electric vehicles and introducing a broad range of mobility services, tailored to meet the needs and tastes of individuals and local markets.
That being said, Kia has promised that the new brand purpose and strategy will be presented to the world on the 15th January 2021. So watch this space for more updates on Kia and its future direction and plans.
Kia has launched the Sportage JBL Black Edition for the UK market, featuring some cosmetic enhancements as well as a full JBL audio system setup.
Let us start with the party piece – an eight-speaker JBL premium audio system with a subwoofer, an external amplifier, and a front centre speaker that comes as standard on this special version of the Sportage.
As the name suggests, the Kia Sportage JBL Black Edition is clad in gloss black paint, with a blacked out front grille, grille mesh, front and rear skid plates, headlights, front fog lamps, and gloss black roof rails. In addition, the metallic flashes across the front and down the side sills are now also finished in gloss black.
The Sportage JBL Black Edition also features new darkened Kia emblems front and rear, while the usual silver ‘Sportage’ nameplate – also replaced with gloss black lettering – is now spelled out across the centre of the tailgate.
The 17-inch alloy wheels are finished in black, with darkened Kia logo centre caps and body-coloured door handles replacing the items that are usually finished in chrome.
The limited edition model will be sold exclusively in Phantom Black, a premium metallic colour, while inside the Sportage JBL Black Edition is finished with black leather upholstery with leather-trimmed steering wheel, gearshift and door armrests.
Based on the third generation Sportage, the JBL Black Edition comes standard with a 360-degree Around View Monitor, front and rear Parking Distance Warning sensors, a panoramic sunroof and LED bi-function headlights and LED rear taillights, a Smart Entry System with engine start/stop button, heated front and outer rear seats, and a heated steering wheel.
The infotainment system features Kia’s latest 8.0-inch touchscreen system with UVO Connect ‘Phase II’ telematics and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard. The system offers a range of ‘connected car’ features for added convenience, displaying information such as fuel prices and locations of nearby filling stations, the location and real-time availability of parking spaces and live traffic updates.
Driver assistance technologies offered in the Sportage JBL Black Edition include Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS), High Beam Assist (HBA), Speed Limit Information Function (SLIF) and Driver Attention Warning (DAW), to combat fatigue and inattentiveness at the wheel.
Trailer Stability Assist (TSA) is also included, along with Hill-start Assist Control (HAC) and Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) with pedestrian detection. This is in addition to six airbags and ISOFIX Child Seat Top Tethers and Anchor Fixings for the rear outer seats.
Buyers have a choice of two engines in the Sportage JBL Black Edition line-up, with a 174bhp 1.6-litre T-GDi petrol unit offered with a choice of six-speed manual or seven-speed DCT automatic transmission.
In addition, Kia’s ‘EcoDynamics+’ 1.6-litre CRDi ‘Smartstream’ mild-hybrid diesel powertrain is also available, developing 134bhp and 320Nm of torque. It too, is available with a choice of manual or dual-clutch automatic transmission, and like its petrol counterpart, has drive sent to the front wheels.
In case you’re wondering if the Sportage JBL Black Edition will come to Malaysia, the answer is definitely ‘no’, as the Kia brand is currently in a limbo in a Malaysia under the Naza Automotive Group which actually made a statement earlier this month saying that it actually wants to let go of Kia.
So, with so much uncertainty revolving around the brand, the last thing we can expect is something like the model we’re looking at here. In fact, we don’t even know if the new Kia Seltos that was supposed to be launched in October, will ever be launched here in Malaysia.
Hyundai has unveiled its new rear-wheel driven Electric-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP), a dedicated battery electric vehicle (BEV) platform which will serve as the core technology for Hyundai Motor Group’s next-generation BEV line-up.
The platform will not only underpin a range of new Hyundai BEVs like the Ioniq 5; but also Kia’s first dedicated BEV which is coming in 2021.
Customers will also be able to choose between rear-wheel and all-wheel drive configurations as models with the latter can be equipped with an additional motor.
The all-wheel drive system includes an EV transmission disconnector that can control the connection between the additional motor and front wheels, and switch between two-wheel and all-wheel drive modes to enhance efficiency by offering the ideal level of power or performance for current driving conditions.
Designed exclusively for BEVs, the E-GMP platform provides various advantages compared to the Group’s existing platforms that have each been engineered predominantly to accommodate internal combustion engines. Benefits include increased development flexibility, powerful driving performance, increased driving range, strengthened safety features, and more interior space for occupants and luggage.
According to Hyundai, the E-GMP platform is engineered to offer improved cornering performance and driving stability at high speed. This is due to optimal weight distribution between front and rear, a design that enables a low centre of gravity thanks to its low-mounted battery pack, and the adoption of electric motors located in the space previously occupied by an engine.
The high-speed electric motor raises the driving performance of E-GMP vehicles with a five-link rear suspension system that is typically used for mid- and large-sized vehicle segments, and the world’s first mass-produced integrated drive axle (IDA), that combines wheel bearings with the drive shaft to transmit power to the wheels, enhance ride comfort and handling stability.
The platform also promises to maximise interior space through its long wheelbase, short front and rear overhangs and slim cockpit module. With the battery pack mounted beneath the floor, the E-GMP creates a flat floor for the cabin. This provides more legroom for passengers, while enabling various arrangements for the front and rear seats.
As far as charging goes, the E-GMP comes with 800V charging capability as standard and enables 400V charging without additional components or adapters. The multi-charging system is a world’s first patented technology that operates the motor and the inverter to boost 400V to 800V for stable charging compatibility.
A BEV based on E-GMP is capable of a maximum range of over 500km with a fully charged battery. It can high-speed charge up to 80 per cent in just 18 minutes and can add up to 100km of driving range in just five minutes.
The new V2L function can supply up to 3.5kW of power and operate a mid-sized air conditioner unit and a 55-inch television for up to 24 hours.
The upcoming all-new Kia Sorento is the first car to be equipped with Kia’s innovative Multi-Collision Brake system, helping to prevent passengers from being involved in secondary collisions after an initial impact.
The system is designed to help prevent or mitigate the severity of a secondary collision, which may occur after initial impact as the vehicle continues to a stop, often out of the driver’s control.
The system is activated by the deployment of the vehicle’s airbags, which indicates a severity of accident that warrants intervention. Once activated, the system measures vehicle speed and any changes of direction, applying the appropriate level of braking force to bring the car to a controlled stop.
The system monitors the position of the pedals to check if the driver is attempting to accelerate or brake. If the MCB system detects little or no driver intervention, the Electronic Stability Control (ESC) mechanism intervenes to apply the appropriate amount of braking for the car’s level of momentum. The system is not active at speeds exceeding 110mph, as brake intervention at high speeds can cause other severe impacts.
The fourth-generation Sorento will be the first Kia sold in Europe to include this innovative new safety technology. The Sorento is already one of the safest cars in its class, fitted with a wide range of collision mitigating technology, including Kia’s latest Forward Collision-avoidance Assist (FCA) technology with pedestrian, cyclist and vehicle detection. MCB extends the Sorento’s safety remit by focussing on the situation immediately after an accident, further improving the car’s extensive safety package.
MCB will be offered as standard on all Sorento models, including the new Plug-in Hybrid model which is due to launch in Europe early in 2021. .
The official distributor of Kia vehicles in Malaysia, Naza Kia Malaysia, is now taking orders for the all-new Kia Seltos at selected Kia showrooms.
The all-new Kia Seltos will be offered in two variants – EX and GT Line – with power coming from a 1.6 litre naturally-aspirated four-cylinder petrol engine producing 123 PS and 151 Nm of torque. Paired to the engine is a six-speed automatic gearbox.
Details are still scarce, but from what we can see, the all-new Kia Seltos gets LED headlights, LED daytime running lights, up to 17-inch wheels, leather upholstery for one variant and fabric for the other, up to 8-inch touch screen infotainment system, 6 airbags, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and much more.
Here to take on the Honda HR-V, Toyota C-HR, Mazda CX-3, and other compact SUVs, the all-new Kia Seltos will be offered with five years manufacturer’s warranty.
That being said, more info on the Kia Seltos will be revealed as we draw closer to the launch that could be happening any moment now.
After almost a decade, Kia has finally, properly, updated the all-new Optima K5 sedan, and it is surely looking mighty stylish.
Underpinned by a new N3 platform, the Kia Optima now comes with a whole lot of new stuff revolving around the design, convenience, performance, and safety.
On the exterior, taking centre stage is the brand’s “Tiger face” front fascia which comprises a wide and thin Shark skin-inspired front grille, followed by “Heart Beat” DRLs, a low-slung fastback-ish silhouette, dual chrome exhaust tip garnish, Gloss black applique, as well as up to 19-inch wheels.
Inside, there 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 an aircraft-type shift knob, a mix of upholstery options including red leatherette seating, satin chrome metallic and wood-like finishes on the dashboard and door panels, a Panoramic sunroof, and a flat-bottom, sport steering wheel (GT-Line, GT).
Sitting longer, lower and wider than the current model, the new Optima even promises a more exciting driving experience.
Additional highlights include improved suspension geometry, a more rigid body, and improved sound insulation.
Under the hood, there will be two engine options:
2.5-litre turbo GDI + MPI four-cylinder engine making 290 hp and 422 Nm of torque, paired with the new 8-speed “wet” Dual Clutch Transmission (GT) goes 0-100 km/h in 5.8 seconds
1.6-litre turbo GDI four-cylinder engine producing 180 hp and 264 Nm of torque, an all-new eight-speed automatic transmission. There is also all-wheel drive (AWD) now, but only for the 1.6 variant.
The list of standard equipment:
8- or 10.25-inch high-resolution touchscreen
Multi-connection Bluetooth wireless connectivity
Bose Premium sound system with 12 high-performance speakers
Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
Wireless smartphone charging
Rear Occupant Alert
“Sound of Nature” ambient system
These are of course, on top of the mile-long list of safety and driver assistance features that are part of Kia’s Drive Wise Suite”.
Kia has revealed first images of the new Kia Carnival, the fourth generation of the brand’s flagship MPV.
Released in Korean specification, the new Kia Carnival – sold in many markets worldwide as the Kia Sedona – has been designed to appeal to progressive young families, with a leading combination of innovation, flexibility, and style.
From what we can see, the new Carnival features a shorter front overhang, with the base of the A-pillar moved backwards to create a longer hood.
The folks at Kia also said that they have increased the Carnival’s wheelbase which contributes to greater space throughout the cabin, while giving the car a longer, slightly more athletic silhouette. The result is a side profile that reveals the Carnival’s more dynamic DNA.
There is also a simple yet bold character line which runs along the length of the car, linking the front and rear lamps. Beneath this clear line, the Carnival features bold wheel arches and sharp lines along the body giving it a more sculpted appearance.
The new model also features a unique ‘island roof’ design, with blacked-out A- and B-pillars supporting the body-colored roof.
From the side, one of the new car’s stand-out features is an eye-catching new C-pillar signature design, inspired by that of the new Sorento. The chrome fin, which wraps beneath the tapered rear windows and extends towards the tailgate, is finished with a subtle diamond pattern that is also reflected throughout the inside of the car.
The Carnival also features a new ‘tiger face’ which extends across the width of the vehicle. This confident, more futuristic face seamlessly integrates lamps with Kia’s iconic ‘tiger-nose’ grille.
Kia’s designers have dubbed this ‘symphonic architecture’, with the design of the front bringing together a range of detailed, technical features to create a sense of harmony and structural energy.
The Carnival’s headlamps and LED daytime running lights (DRLs) form a unique light signature. The high-beam lamps are integrated into the corner of the tiger-nose grille, with the low-beam lamps sitting separately, at the outer edges of the front of the car.
Between them, the DRLs wrap around the Carnival’s turn signal lamps, then plunge downwards, merging with the grille’s lower chrome border.
Beneath, the sculpted bumpers and lower air intake are matched with metallic trim and a black lower bumper, presenting the Carnival’s robust, SUV-inspired appearance.
At the rear, the Carnival boasts a wide, distinctive new design which uses full-width lines to emphasize the car’s sense of solidity
These lines include the sleek combination lamps, which echo the same details as the DRLs at the front of the car, integrated into a full-width light. The light bar connects visually to a sharp, sculpted line which extends downwards and wraps around the license plate.
Above the light bar is a chrome line, which started at the base of the new signature C-pillar and wraps around the base of the rear screen. Beneath the light bar, highlight lines extend across the tailgate to raise the visual center of gravity of the rear of the car.
Further enhancing its SUV-inspired design, the Carnival is finished off with a metallic lower skid plate, elevating the car further and giving it a more robust appearance.
The new Kia Carnival is due on-sale in Korea, Kia’s domestic market, later in the third quarter of 2020, with global sales in many of Kia’s markets to follow thereafter.
Kia Motors Corporation has hinted at the design of the brand’s fourth-generation Carnival flagship MPV which is due to make its global debut within the next couple of months.
At the front, the Carnival’s confident new face seamlessly integrates high-tech headlamps with Kia’s iconic ‘tiger-nose’ grille. Kia’s designers call this ‘symphonic architecture’, with the design of the front bringing together a range of detailed, technical features which create a sense of harmony and structural energy.
From the side, a bold character line runs the length of the car, linking the front and rear lamps, with its glasshouse characterized by a new chrome fin which extends to surround the rear.
Released in Korean specification, the all-new Carnival – sold in many markets worldwide as the Kia Sedona – aims to appeal to progressive young families with its combination of innovation, flexibility, and style.
The new model builds on its predecessors’ heritage in the mid-sized MPV segment, following more than two million Carnival sales worldwide since the first generation launched in 1998.
The new Kia Carnival is due on-sale in Korea in the third quarter of 2020, with global sales in many of Kia’s markets to follow thereafter.
Kia will release new images and more details about the fourth-generation Carnival soon, so watch this space.