Kia Motors unveiled its new strategic SUV ‘The New KX5’ at the 2018 Guangzhou Motor Show. The KX5 is the Sportage facelift that we already seen in Europe (will debut at LA for the US-market) and has suffered a “plastic surgery” on the front end in order to adapt to chinese tastes.
The new car is a C-segment SUV with a luxurious & sporty design, including a lot of chromed details and the latest safety and comfort features. Kia Motors plans to inject new models into the Chinese market in the first half of next year with the idea to recover its sales.
The exterior look of the car, despite the front design, is the same as what we have seen on the Sportage already. The big differences is a completely new front grille that resembles to what we have seen on the SP (another China-only SUV) exceptional and sporty style. Also includes latest safety items like front-running collision assistance (FCA), lane keeping assistance (LKA) and driver’s attention warning (DAW).
Inside Kia has applied the latest generation infotainment system including some chinese apps like QQ Music, home IoT linkage, vehicle location sharing service, and IT-based personalized information service that reflects local customers’ interest in those services.
In addition, the powertrain choice will have two engines, 2.0-liter gasoline engine and 1.6-liter Turbo gasoline direct injection engine.
“The New KX5 is a Chinese strategic model developed by actively reflecting the needs of Chinese customers,” said a Dongfeng Yueda-Kia executive. “With its advanced design and cutting-edge safety specifications and next-generation infotainment system, Dongfeng will become a key selling vehicle for Kia. “