Kia showcases the all-new K5 fastback sedan
Kia Motors has unveiled the all-new Kia K5 - a fastback version of the company’s best-selling sedan. It will go on sale globally during the first half of 2020.
The new K5 combines a striking new design with cutting-edge technologies and new engine options.
The front of the car is characterised by an evolution of Kia’s ‘tiger-nose’, integrating its LED headlamps into the grille, with a daytime running light signature. The K5 features a more aggressive front, with the grille nestled beneath a subtle overhang on the hood’s leading edge, angular air curtains and a wider air intake in the lower half of the bumper.
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The rear of the K5 also boasts a new lighting signature, with its predecessor’s standalone light units replaced by a new LED daytime running light which spans the width of the rear deck.
The fastback sedan is longer, wider and gets a more sporty look. The height of the vehicle has been cut by 20 mm (to 1,445 mm), the car’s overall length has been extended by 50 mm (to 4,905 mm), its width by 25 mm (to 1,860 mm), and its wheelbase by 45 mm (to 2,850 mm).
The K5 is available with a choice of 16-, 17- and 18-inch machine-cut aluminum alloy wheel designs and a wide range of paint colors. K5 GT models will also be offered with a unique 19-inch wheel design, as well as more aggressive front and rear bumpers, special ‘GT’ badges, as well as dual twin exhaust tips.
The interior of the new K5 is futuristic with driver-oriented get-up. The wide dashboard shape is characterised by the integration of Kia’s latest infotainment systems. The wide infotainment display is physically attached to the instrument cluster in front of the driver. In certain models, the optional 10.25-inch touchscreen sits alongside Kia’s new 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, displaying information clearly just below the driver’s line of sight.
The K5 will also feature an 8.0-inch head-up display, a powerful 12-speaker BOSE surround-sound audio system, Mood Lighting system and wireless phone charging.
The new K5 is available with a range of new ‘Smartstream’ powertrains from Kia, and - for the first time - a new all-wheel-drive system.
The K5 is available with a choice of gasoline engines. For customers in North America and Kia’s domestic Korean market, a new ‘Smartstream’ 1.6-liter T-GDi (turbocharged gasoline direct injection) engine is available, featuring Kia’s new Continuously Variable Valve Duration (CVVD) technology. CVVD regulates valve duration according to driving conditions, instead of operating on a fixed duration, boosting performance at low-to-mid engine speeds and boosting fuel efficiency. The 1.6-liter T-GDi engine works up to a peak 180 ps at 5,500 rpm, with a 265 Nm torque output across a wide range of engine speeds (1,500-4,500 rpm).
Depending on market, other engine options include a 2.0-liter MPI (multi-point injection) engine (152 ps, 192 Nm); a 2.0-liter engine with continuously-variable valve lift (CVVL) technology (160 ps, 196 Nm); and a 2.5-liter GDi engine (194 ps, 246 Nm).
Also, the K5 GT - available in North America - is powered by a high-performance 2.5-liter T-GDi turbocharged gasoline engine, with power and torque outputs of 290 ps and 422 Nm, respectively. The 2.5-liter T-GDi engine is capable of powering the K5 GT from 0-to-100 kph in around 6.6 seconds.
As with previous generations of K5, hybrid powertrain options will also be available.
All engines are paired as standard with six- or eight-speed automatic transmissions, while the 2.5-liter T-GDi engines are also available with Kia’s new eight-speed wet double-clutch transmission (8DCT). Designed to offer the smooth-shifting characteristics of a conventional automatic, the 8DCT enhances fuel efficiency over eight-speed automatic, depending on application.