Kia has presented the 2013 Optima Hybrid which, along with a few improvements, also showcases an upgraded powertrain. Similar to the 2013 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, Kia’s Optima Hybrid features a stronger Hybrid Starter Generator, an upgraded lithium polymer battery and a more powerful electric motor that generates 47 HP – 35 kW.
Thanks to these changes, the total power output of the model has jumped to 199 HP – 148 kW and 318 Nm (235 lb-ft) of torque, from the previous 206 HP – 154 kW and 264 Nm (195 lb-ft) of torque. The 2013 Kia Optima also boasts an improved fuel economy rating of up to 36 mpg city / 40 mpg highway / 38 mpg combined (US).
The vehicle also features other improvements such as a brand new set of restyled alloy wheels, aluminum suspension components, improved underbody aerodynamics and a rear spoiler. It’s also lighter than the previous model and offers additional trunk space as well as a panoramic sunroof (available for the EX version), heated and ventilated front seats, GPS navigation and an eight-speaker Infinity audio system.
Kia has prepared a special surprise for those present at the Chicago Auto Show this year. Earlier last week, the South Korean automaker has revealed its Cross GT concept and from the looks of it, the vehicle is a real hit.
Designed to combine the “beauty and elegance of the GT concept with the functionality of a crossover,” the Cross GT features an aggressive appearance that hands-out a set of goosebumps to the other present automakers. The overall look of the ride makes itself stand out in the crown thanks to its prominent grille, rear-hinged doors and the multi-paneled sky light with hexagonal glass inserts. Given its short overhangs and 309.88 cm (122.0 inches) wheelbase, the concept measures 489.712 cm (192.8 inches) long, 200.914 cm (79.1 inches) wide and 165.862 cm (5.3 inches) tall.
The interior cabin looks anything like a Kia, with a sweet minimalistic design endowed in leather upholstery, American Walnut trim and a touch screen infotainment system. Even though it only features four seats, the Kia Cross GT might grow into a proper seven seater-model someday.
Under the bonnet it packs a hybridized 3.8-liter V6 engine mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission that sends out all the power through a torque-vectoring all-wheel drive system. This setup enables the model to have a combined maximum output of 400 HP – 298 kW and 677 Nm (500 lb-ft) of torque. Notably, the crossover can also travel up to 32 km (20 miles ) on electricity alone.
As of yet, there aren’t any news regarding a possible production version of this model but Kia’s executive vice president of marketing said “While only a concept today, it signals one possible design direction we may explore for the future.” Thumbs up Kia!
Source: Kia via WCF
A few photos of the upcoming Kia pro_cee’d GT have leaked onto the internet ahead of the vehicle’s Geneva Motor Show debut. The 2013 Kia pro_cee’d GT features a more aggressive body kit that includes a new front bumper, bigger air intakes, LED headlamps and a honeycomb grille with a “GT” logo. Furthermore, the sporty version of the pro_cee’d has muscular side skirts, a redesigned rear bumper and a black roof.
Compared to the standard variant, the GT model packs a set of 18-inch alloy wheels as well as a lower and stiffer suspension. The front brake discs measure 300x28mm while the ones at the back are 262x10mm, both with red calipers.
Unfortunately, there are no photos of the interior but rumor has it that the new pro_cee’d features aluminum pedals, Recaro sport seats and a new trim.
Officials have already confirmed a 1.6-liter turbocharged GDI engine that comes connected to a 6-speed manual transmission. Its exepcted to output around 200 HP – 149 kW and 265 Nm (195 lb-ft), which is pretty much enough for the vehicle to run from 0 to 100 Km/h (62 mph) in 7.9 seconds.
Notably, the Kia pro_cee’d is expected to go into production somewhere in May this year and it will sell for 23,000 GBP.
Source: Kia via autoblog.gr
Whenever I think of Kia, I imagine something cheaper than a Toyota or Mazda. It’s not that it’s a terrible car or anything, I even like the Kia Ceed. What I’m saying is that the South Korean carmaker needs a little kick. Something to make by-passers bite the back of their hands and go “Wow”. Kia needs a symbol and lately, the company’s officials seem to have given way to that thought.
Rumor has it that Kia may be working on a new rear-drive sportscar. The development of the concept was revealed to Autocar magazine by Kia’s CEO Hyoung-Keun Lee, who pointed towards the Kia GT concept revealed at the Geneva Motor Show last year.
Even though the production version won’t resemble the existing concept’s formula, Kia wants to present a succession of concept sportscars at major auto shows (starting with the 2012 Geneva Motor Show in March). The feedback received from the public will define the future for this RWD model.
The vehicle will most probably be positioned close to the Mazda MX-5 Miata, Toyota GT86/Scion FR-S/Subaru BRZ and the Hyundai Genesis. In the meantime Kia is also preparing to roll out a new hot hatch. Based on the Procee’d, the performance model would reportedly pack a 1.6-liter, 200 HP, turbo four engine connected to either a manual or dual-clutch transmission. Maybe it will give us a heads-up on Kia’s future plans…
Source: Kia via Autocar Magazine
Kia’s new K9 rear-wheel drive flagship will be named the “Quoris” for markets outside of South Korea. The new vehicle will go on sale in select countries worldwide, officials say, starting from the fourth quarter of 2012. I don’t know what “select countries” means for Kia’s officials but I bet they won’t sell any in North Korea.
The name “Quoris” has been forged by unicorns feasting on golden apples, says Thomas Oh, Kia’s Executive Vice President : “Derived from the English words ‘core’ and ‘quality’, the name of our new flagship sedan hints at the attributes at the very heart of the vehicle. The word ‘Quoris’ conveys solidity, luxury and high-technology, all resonating together as a chorus.”
“Our decision to give this striking new sedan an unconventional name means it will stand out even further from the established crowd, driving Kia sales in what is a new segment of the global automotive market for Kia,” Oh added.
Under the bonnet, the K9 will be available ( In South Korea ) with a 3.3-liter V6 that outputs around 296HP, and a 3.8-liter V6 with 329HP of power, both connected to an eight-speed automatic transmission spinning the rear wheels.It wouldn’t be a surprise if Kia will introduce a V8 option for the North American market.
The car is rather awkward looking but I hope that Kia won’t base their strategy solely on the car’s name.
Kia has officially revealed today the new 2012 Kia Picanto, a couple of months before it’s official premiere that’s going to take place at the Geneva Motor Show in March. The new generation of the Kia Picanto has been completely redesigned and re-engineered, being more spacious and efficient.
The 2012 model is longer and has a wider wheelbase than its predecessor and it will be available in five door and three door versions. Customers will be able to choose between four engine units, from 1.0L to 1.2L displacements. The standard petrol engine line-up will be enhanced by LPG, bi-fuel and flex-fuel engines.
Kia is expected to showcase the 2012 Kia Picanto from the first day of March at the Geneva Motor Show and the second quarter of 2011 its expected to hit the European markets.
Kia premiered at the New York Auto Show the new 2011 Kia Optima which is the most powerful D-segment model ever produced by the company. The new Optima was designed at Kia’s Frankfurt and Irvine, California studios and it continues Kia’s bold new styling direction. The 2011 model is lower and longer than the current model and it features a coupe-like roofline.
Inside, Kia paid a lot of attention to details and the interior of the car is a lot more luxurious than the previous model. The car is equipped with Sirius Satellite radio, MP3 connectivity and Bluetooth wireless technology.
In the engine department, the top of the line Kia Optima will be powered by a 2.0L turbo petrol engine that is able to produce 278 PS and customers could also go for less powerful versions equipped with a 2.0L MPI with 165 PS, a 2.4L MPI with 178 PS and a 2.4L GDI with 203 PS.
Kia hasn’t released the pricing details of the new Kia Optima yet, but the new model will probably have a starting price of around $20,000.
Kia has revealed their first all electric plug-in concept based on the new Kia Venga at the Geneva motor Show. The Kia Venga EV concept is exactly the same as the regular Venga B-segment MPV but it features an electric motor that produces 80 kW and 280 Nm of torque.
The electric version of the Kia Venga comes with a twin pack 24 kWh battery that uses an innovated Lithium Ion Polymer technology and provides a driving rance of 180 km on a single charge. The battery can be recharged to 80% of its capacity in just 20 minutes under the quick recharging cycle and 100% power is obtained in eight hours under the normal cycle.
The car’s electric powertrain is placed within the existing engine bay while the battery pack is located under the boot floor. The Kia Venga EV is able to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 11.8 seconds and it could reach a top speed of 140 km/h.
Kia Motors has unveiled the Kia Ray Plug-in Hybrid Concept at the 2010 Chicago Auto Show, a new hybrid that showcases innovative fuel stretching and emission cutting technologies. The Kia Ray is a futuristic four seat compact sedan based on the Kia Forte platform that was designed with lightweight and recycled materials.
The concept features hexagonal roof-top solar cells embedded in the glass roof panel to power extra lighting or climate control systems and it has a range of up to 1,200 km. Kia Ray combines design and engineering for maximum efficiency and features clean surfaces, a flowing design and a pronounced rear shoulder ending in a higher deck for reduced drag.
Kia Motors announced that the Kia Ray has a fuel consumption of just 1.398 l/100km and could run for 80 km using just its electric motor on a full charge of the battery. The concept is powered by a 1.4L Gamma GDI engine that delivers 153 HP which works together with an electric power that produces 78kW. With this powertrain the Kia Ray is able to reach a decent top speed of 175 km/h.
The Kia Ray also comes with touch screen controls, drive by wire steering, cool glazing solar glass and a lithium polymer batter, technologies that might be found in the upcoming Kia models.