Kia K5 is available with a range of new Smartstream engines and a new all-wheel drive (AWD) system; debuts with Kia’s new 8-speed DCT and will be on sale in global markets by H1 2020
Kia Motor has showcased its new K5 fastback sedan. It is powered by a range of gasoline Smartstream engines, with the company’s new eight-speed wet double-clutch transmission also making its debut in the new vehicle. K5 will sport an all-wheel drive (AWD) system along with the standard front wheel drive system to offer enhanced dynamic capability in conditions where traction is reduced, shifting power to the rear axle based on driver inputs and road conditions.
Kia K5 spans 4,905 mm in length, 1,860 mm wide and 1,445 mm high developed on a wheelbase of 2,850 mm. The K5 features an aggressive front with the grille nestled beneath a subtle overhang on the hood’s leading edge, parenthesized by angular air curtains and a wider air intake in the lower half of the bumper.
In North America and Kia’s domestic Korean market, a new ‘Smartstream’ 1.6 L 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 L 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 the market, other engine options include a 2.0 L multi-point injection engine (152 Ps, 192 Nm); a 2.0 L engine with continuously-variable valve lift (CVVL) technology (160 Ps, 196 Nm) and a 2.5 L GDi engine (194 Ps, 246 Nm).
In addition, the K5 GT, available in North America is powered by a high-performance 2.5 L T-GDi turbocharged gasoline engine, with power and torque outputs of 290 Ps and 422 Nm, respectively. The 2.5 L T- GDi engine is capable of powering the K5 GT from 0-to-100 kph in around 6.6 seconds. The engine features Kia’s new-generation integrated thermal management system, maintaining ideal operating temperatures, owing to its intelligent cooling system for the engine block and cylinder head. In addition, the engine features a new dual-injection system, switching between MPI at low speeds, GDI at higher speeds, and a combination of the two in the mid-range, depending on the operating conditions.
All engines are paired as standard with six- or eight-speed automatic transmissions, while the 2.5 L T GDi engines are also available with Kia’s new eight-speed wet double-clutch transmission (8DCT). The Kia K5 is equipped with the Drive Mode Select system, which enables drivers to adapt to the car’s acceleration, steering and gear shift characteristics. ‘Smart’, ‘Comfort’, ‘Eco’, ‘Sport’ and ‘Custom’ modes allow drivers to alternately maximize fuel efficiency, refine the handling experience, or enhance the responses of their vehicle to driver inputs.
Replacing the infotainment screen integrated into the surface of the previous-generation’s dashboard, the Kia K5 sports a wide infotainment display, attached physically 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 over the road ahead.