Kia is testing all-wheel drive for the new Kia OptimaMarch 16, 2020
By the end of the year, and with the launch of the all-new Kia K5, the South Korean automaker will show the AWD option. Now the cars were caught during the tests.
AWD will arrive in the US markets where recently some brands, such as Toyota or Nissan, have added mid-size sedans.
“The K5 will not only play a critical role in enhancing Kia’s presence in the sedan segment. After nearly a decade of his predecessor, changing the rules of the game, he also represents the last milestone in turning Kia into the creator of the desired world-class cars. ” said Thomas Schemer.
One of the most important new qualities of the new generation K5 is the presence of a new all-wheel drive system (AWD) – for the first time such a transmission was offered on the Kia D-segment sedan. Available with specific engines depending on the market, the all-wheel drive system offers customers enhanced dynamic capabilities in situations where traction is reduced by switching power to the rear axle.
K5 is available with a choice of gasoline engines. For customers in North America and Kia’s domestic Korean market, the new 1.6-liter T-GDi Smartstream turbocharged direct injection engine is available with Kia’s new technology with Continuous Valve Duration Control (CVVD).
CVVD is able to adjust the valve operating time to suit driving conditions rather than operating at a fixed duration, increasing performance at low and medium engine speeds and increasing fuel efficiency. The 1.6-liter T-GDi engine delivers 180 hp. and a torque of 265 Nm.
Depending on the market, other engine options include a 2.0-liter MPI engine (multipoint injection) (152 hp, 192 Nm); 2.0-liter unit with stepless valve lift technology (CVVL) (160 hp, 196 Nm); and a 2.5-liter GDi engine (194 hp, 246 Nm).
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