The new 2021 Kia K5 sedan will cost essentially the same as the outgoing Optima, the vehicle it replaces in the Canadian lineup.
The K5 is Kia's fifth-generation midsize sedan, and it will start at $31,345, while the 2020 Optima starts at $31,274 — a difference of just $71. Both prices include shipping.
The new car will be available in three trims: LX, EX, GT-Line and GT. The first three arrive in October 2020, with standard all-wheel drive. The GT model, with 290HP of performance, will arrive this winter.
The K5 LX, EX and GT-Line trims come with a 1.6-litre turbocharged GDI four-cylinder engine producing 180 horsepower and 195 lb.-ft. of torque, managed by an all-new eight-speed automatic transmission.
The K5 GT’s 2.5-litre turbocharged GDI + MPI four-cylinder engine supplies 290 horsepower and 311 lb.-ft. of torque and is paired with the new eight-speed “wet” dual clutch transmission.
Forward collision warning, forward collision-avoidance assist, blind spot collision avoidance assist and driver attention warning are standard across the board.
The EX starts at $32,595, the GT-Line at $35,995 and the GT is priced from $39,995.
The K5 shares much with the 2020 Hyundai Sonata from Kia's corporate sibling. But the K5 distinguishes itself through exterior design cues from the Stinger sports sedan, along with more subtle front and rear treatments.
The K5's grille is wide and thin, extending into the headlight and hood structure. From the side, the car has a "fastback silhouette" that slopes at the rear to create a coupe-like look, an ongoing design theme of sedans. The rear lights form a horizontal bar.
Like the Sonata, the Kia is lower, wider and longer than the outgoing model. It is built in Kia's West Point, Ga., assembly plant alongside the Telluride crossover.
Canadian Optima sales were down by 48 per cent to 1,689 in 2019.