Showing posts with label kia. Show all posts
Showing posts with label kia. Show all posts

Thursday, October 31, 2019

New 2021 Kia Optima illustrations


It looks like someone quickly made a couple of new illustrations, following the info we got from the recently released official teaser sketches.
They more or less match the official stuff and the spy shots we have seen so far.

Although I really hope the final design is a bit more dynamic than this. The side crease also looks quite weird (although it is featured in the official sketches). Maybe that is because it really doesn't fit with the super straight line underneath it...

Let's just hope the real thing looks better...

Sunday, May 08, 2016

2018 Kia GT


Kia has been testing a production version (top) of the 2011 GT Concept (bottom)for a while.
As you can see, it looks fine and pretty much ready to go.

And, pretty close to the concept.
But it's been 5 years. Five-years....

So nothing futuristic here.

Seems like it could be based on the Hyundai Genesis sedan. Which will be rebadged the
Genesis G80 or G70 very soon.

Which I guess would then , be... competing with Genesis.
These guys don't really seem to have a clear separate path for both brands.
Kia and Hyundai.
Looks like Kia now competes with both Hyundai and Genesis.

The good part is, it will probably be yet another really nice design from Kia.
So I really can't wait to see the final model.

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

More pictures of the all new 2017 Kia Cadenza/K7







Looking really nice on these pictures.

The main problem is, no matter how great it is, it is still a $35 000 Kia (2016 model)
And most people aren't ready for that, still.

But for the non-snobs who can forget about brand image for a minute, this seems great.
I mean, it seems as luxurious as anything for the price.

The current model has been getting good reviews, and this one is supposed to be even better.
Of course it won't compete with BMW or Mercedes. But I could see this as a less sporty alternative to the Maxima.
Even going against the Lexus ES (Which starts at $39 000)

And I do like the fact that it's not trying to be sporty.
Most people don't want "sporty". An a large sedan they want quiet, solid and luxurious .
This already has a much, much nicer interior than the jaguar XE and XF I saw a few weeks ago.

I wish people could give this car a chance, really.

Now that Hyundai will stop selling the Azera in the US, maybe they'll spend a bit more advertising money on this...

P.S: Notice how far forward the front seats are (3rd pic).
Giving the fake impression of a ridiculous amount of rear leg room...

Also, the current model is now available for a low $300 a month lease.
A great deal in my opinion...


Tuesday, November 24, 2015

2017 Kia Forte Facelift





I really like the Forte.
Especially the current generation. I really nice blend of conservative and modern design.

I think this "facelift" is useless.
I even think the new front end is worse. Much worse! (what do you think of that?!)

This is all kind of ridiculous...(At least they didn't rename it "Costanza Jr.")

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Kia Optima wagon



I remember last year, back when they unveiled the Sportspace Concept (Red car above). Kia mentioned that  there wasn't going to be a wagon version of the "then" Next Optima.
Now we know that was all BS...

This will probably be sold mostly in Europe. Where it will compete with wagon versions of the VW Passat, Ford Mondeo, Opel Insignia, Renault Talisman, Peugeot 508 and even the Mazda6.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

2017 Kia Codenza



 An all new design is due out next year. (Although that stupid name will remain...)

Looking good on these sketches (of course)
Interior looks a bit plain. A slight step back. Just like the new Optima compared to the previous, more original, one.

The current model seems to be a really nice car. But they have sold only 9267 units last year, while Toyota sold  67 183 Avalons. (!!!)
 Chevrolet sold an even more impressive 140 280 Impalas!
And the "old" (soon to be replace) Buick LaCrosse still sold 51 468 units.

(I actually had no idea large sedans were still selling that well. )

Looks like Kia has a lot (A LOT!) of catching up to do.
It's almost weird to see them keep trying, year after year.

How about some advertising? Letting people know that car even exists.


Here is the real thing, caught on the road.

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

All new Kia Sportage interior


I bit more boring. More square and busy.
I guess that's what they would refer to as "more grown up".
Or "upscale".

I am sure it is. But I am still a big fan of the current model. Which seems a bit less pretentious to me...

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

More pix of the new 2017 Kia Sportage



That front end is still pretty bad. Even on this cheaper model (no LEDs)
It still looks too busy. And that grille just does not belong there...

The side looks like a more muscular version of the current design.
And the interior seems nice. But quite uninspired.

Since it is based on the same platform as its cousin the Hyundai Tucson, it should be quite good.
As the new Tucson has been getting amazingly good reviews. 

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

2016 Kia Sportage


I drove the current model for a week a few years ago and was actually pretty impressed.
Plus, it looked really good. And pretty original compared to most of its competition.
( I think it still looks great)

This "next" one is basically a new design on the same theme. Just like what they did with the new Optima sedan.
But, just like with the Optima, it lost a lot in the redesign.
It's not as simple, pure. It has way too many lines now. The grille is also separated. (Trying to make it look more aggressive???)
The really cool thick chrome line on the C-pillar is gone.

This kind of looks like a Chinese copy of the current design.
It's not as mature at all.

So far, not a big fan....

UPDATE:
After looking at recent spy photos. These above do look fake.
Especially that side window leading to there C-Pillar.
So, there is still hope ....

Thursday, June 11, 2015

All new BMW 7 series Vs 3 year old Kia K900


I am sure this will seem quite blasphemous to all BMW fans (AKA BMW snobs)

But still. I am just really underwhelmed by the all new, yet quite old looking, 7 series.
(I mean doesn't that rear view look more like an Acura??)
And sure, of course, a Kia is not a BMW. (...)

But I think the K900 design still holds its own pretty well. Considering the car was introduced exactly 3 years ago.

What do you think?