Kia will call its business sedan K5, not OptimaMay 21, 2020
Some publications that cite their sources in the South Korean brand claim that Kia management has already decided to rename the Optima 2021 business class sedan to K5.
In December 2019, reputable foreign publications were invited to Seoul (South Korea) to personally test the completely new generation of the Kia K5 mid-size sedan. Then, Kia published a poll asking for feedback on the car. Opinions were mostly positive, except for one point: many did not agree with the decision to rename the familiar Optima name to the “faceless” K5, by which the car is known in Korea. But apparently, the guys at Kia decided to do their own thing.
It is known that the Kia K5 2021 model year will be available with all-wheel drive, a 1.6-liter turbocharged engine.
Consumption of the latter will be approximately 9.04 liters of fuel for every 100 kilometers in the city, 6.92 liters. on the highway and 8.11 liters. in mixed mode. Journalists who had the opportunity to personally drive a South Korean novelty said that the stated fuel consumption figures were fully confirmed.
Although renaming the stylish Optima sedan to K5 seems like a mistake to us, this does not change the fact that it is an impressive car that many should like. Intelligent technology and a pleasant driving experience are solid pluses, and the overall quality of the interior and beautiful appearance must be added to all this. All of these qualities should help the sedan succeed, no matter how Kia eventually calls it.
The Korean line of alphanumeric characters is well known in Korea. In addition to the K5 / Optima, there are K3, K7 and K9, which in the world market correspond to Forte, Cadenza and K900. If Kia nevertheless renames Optima, most likely, the whole lineup of the brand will suffer the same fate.
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