The all-new 2020 Kia K5 has made its debut at the 2020 Beijing Auto Show to wow the crowds of China. For this generation, Kia has dropped the name “Optima” so the D-segment sedan will only be known as the “K5”.
Sold by Dongfeng Yueda Kia Motors Co. (DYK), the K5 will be locally-assembled for the Chinese market. The K5 will be aimed at a young, trendsetting audience with its stylish looks and advanced technology like the sedan’s new i-GMP (innovative-Global Modular Platform) and CVVD engine.
Debuted back in December 2019, the K5 features a new fastback sedan silhouette that highlights a redesigned signature Kia’s “tiger nose”.
The interior has also been revamped for a more timeless and minimalist layout as part of the brand’s next-generation interior design language.
No engine details were released at the launch, only mentioning that the engines powering the K5 in China will be from Kia’s Continuously Variable Valve Duration (CVVD) engine range. This includes a 1.6-litre T-GDi turbocharged engine that produces 180 PS and 265 Nm.
In terms of ADAS, the global K5 features Forward Collision-avoidance Assist (FCA), Blind-spot View Monitor (BVM) with Surround View Monitor (SVM) and Blind-spot Collision-avoid Assist (BCA) along with Lane Following Assist (LFA).
While these features vary according to markets, the K5 in China will likely have basic safety systems like these.
Alongside the launch of the K5 in China, DYK also launched the all-new fourth generation 2020 Kia Carnival at the Beijing Auto Show.