Kia’s showcased its K5 facelift model in an event in South Korea on Thursday and confirmed the 2.5 Turbo model won’t be available in South Korea but that doesn’t mean it won’t be available in North America. Our colleagues at KindelAuto captured the US-spec high performance K5 GT.
Kia announced on the 2nd that it has officially launched ‘The New K5’ by holding a K5 Photo Media Day event at ‘Nudite Seoul Forest’ in Seongdong-gu, Seoul. The K5 is a commerciality improvement model of the third-generation K5, which was launched in 2019, and has a higher product quality by applying a futuristic and dynamic design and various advanced specifications.
The K5’s appearance has evolved more intensely, reflecting the offer. The front reinterprets the daytime driving light (DRL), which is reminiscent of a heartbeat, as ‘Star Map Signature Lighting’, creating a strong and futuristic impression, and adding a solid feel to the wing-shaped bumper design. The side has a new multi-spoke wheel and the rear has a star map lighting-shaped rear combination lamp that emphasizes the width and three-dimensionality.
Jeon Eun-seok, 3rd team leader of the Kia MLV Project, said, “I was worried about the high level of the existing design perfection (launching a product quality improvement model). I tried to change the vehicle design greatly while inheriting the design philosophy, but the customer’s current design satisfaction was so high, so I decided on the design direction to maintain the K5 DNA.”
The interior consists of a stylish and open space with horizontally oriented design elements with advanced technology such as panoramic curved display, infotainment and air conditioning switching operation system. The panoramic curved display, each with a smooth connection of a 12.3-inch cluster and infotainment system, creates a driver-centered, futuristic atmosphere and delivers a variety of information in a unified way with the application of the next-generation infotainment system ‘ccNC’.