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What To Expect From 2017 Kia Models – Cars, SUVs, Minivans
The last brand-new nameplate added to the Kia model range in the USA this year will be the fully-redesigned Optima midsize sedan.
After that, Kia Motors will get to work on developing the next chapter in the brand story and rise to success.
The previous years have seen periods of re-design and new model activity followed by periods of relative quiet on the new vehicle front.
We are now at a point where the Kia line-up is exactly where they want it to be, which means we will see something like two major launches per year.
The goal of each of those will be to improve the quality of the ride, handling, and powertrains, not to mention the technology contained within.
Kia will also be looking to improve brand perception, which is set to begin with the release of the new Optima.
Here’s what else Kia Motors has on tap moving forward.
2017 Kia Models
Rio sub-compact car: A mild refresh is expected for the 2015 model year, but other than that, the model should remain pretty much the same until late. Latest rumors suggest that Kia could launch a fully redesigned 2017 Rio in the USA.
Soul crossover vehicle: The funky little car, which has helped put Kia in the spotlight, got a full refresh two years ago, so don’t expect much more than a few special editions in the coming years. The 2017 Kia Soul may, however, also receive a mid-cycle facelift.
Soul EV: This really is the big news out of the Soul camp. For the 2017 model year, Kia will most probably upgrade the Soul EV electric drivetrain technology and extend its range. It will also slightly update the styling of their electric car.
Forte compact car: The Forte family received a major makeover two years ago, so for the 2017 model year, the company will perform a mid-cycle facelift. The 2017 Forte will continue to be available as a 5-door hatch, 4-door sedan and 2-door Koup coupe.
Optima mid-size sedan: The highly popular Optima midsize sedan is all-new for the 2016 model year, so no major upgrades are expected for 2017. There are two more models coming to the United States and those are the 2017 Optima hybrid and plug-in hybrid models.
Optima Hybrid: As mentioned above, the hybrid version of Kia Optima will arrive in showrooms roughly six months after the gas-powered model. A plug-in model is also confirmed for production!
Cadenza premium sedan: The move into near-premium territory began for Kia back in 2013 when this vehicle got a mid-cycle refresh. That move will see the Cadenza have a shorter life cycle than normal, which will mean a fully re-designed model will come in late 2016 as a 2017 model.
Expect to see the 2017 Kia Cadenza to gain a new sheet metal. The current platform will likely be carried over, albeit with improvements that will deliver a more refined ride. The current V6 and 3.3-liter engine are also expected to remain intact, although a few updates will likely be included.
K900 luxury car: This high-end Kia luxury sedan arrived in the US about a year ago, at exactly the same time it went through a mid-cycle refresh.
So far, it has only been able to muster up several hundreeds units sold, but since Kia sees this model as a way to build brand perception, it will carry on. The next big change for Kia K900 will come in the form of a full redesign in late 2017 or early 2018.
2017 Kia GT Sedan: A 4-door coupe-sedan is headed for the showrooms late next year or early 2017. There are no spy shots about this future Kia RWD sedan available at this point.
Sportage CUV: The compact crossover will get an all new exterior design when the new model arrives early in 2016, just in time for the 2017 model year. The 2017 Sportage will ride on a brand new platform and will adopt several engines from its Hyundai Tucson sibling.
Sorento SUV: A re-engineered version of the popular 7-seat Kia crossover has hit showrooms a few months ago and has been sold as a 2016 model. Don’t expect the 2017 Sorento to adopt many changes, though.
Small SUV: small Kia SUV is in the works, according to latest reports. It is not known whether the all-wheel-drive sub-compact SUV will arrive to the U.S., but it will definately go on sale in Europe.
Sedona MPV: Kia is hoping to lure families back into the minivan segment by introducing a fully redesigned Sedona with a more muscular body style.
The new model comes with a wheelbase that is 1.5 inches longer, which means more legroom all round. The van has a driving position that is more in line with an SUV than a minivan.
The new model can seat up to 8 people as opposed to the 7 passengers on the outgoing model. All trim levels feature third-row folding seats and 60/40 split that can be stowed in the cabin floor to create extra cargo space.
No changes are expected for the 2017 Kia Sedona minivan!
Future Kia coupe: Kia’s Chief Designer Peter Schreyer has already made it abundantly clear that he wants to add a striking sports model to the Kia line-up.
As much as he wants it, sources say that the arrival of such a model is a long shot at best, especially if it were to be a convertible.
Kia simply doesn’t have any “room” to manufacture it right now and seem unwilling to commit to a low-volume car model.
The industry was set alight when Kia showed off the GT4 Stinger concept sports coupe at the Detroit Auto Show.
Despite the excitement it created, it was nothing more than a design experiment, so don’t expect to see it in production anytime soon.