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Speculating About Future Kia Cars, SUVs

It has been an incredibly busy year for Kia as they have delivered a redesigned Forte compact sedan, as well as launching the all-new, upscale Cadenza premium sedan.

And we haven’t even mentioned the 5-door Forte hatchback and redesigned 2014 Soul that are coming to the dealers soon.

That would be enough to make most automakers take a little break, but Kia Motors still has even more on tap.

They will be continuing their upscale approach with the release of the Quoris rear wheel drive, which may make it to market as early as summer 2014.

There is also an electric version of the Soul in the works, with the first EV model scheduled to hit the market in late 2014 or early 2015.

The third quarter will see the arrival of the 5-door 2014 Kia Forte.

Here are some other things we can expect to see from Kia through the 2016 model year.

Forte: Kia redesigned their compact lineup for the 2014 model year, with the idea being that the vehicles would ride on a modified version of Hyundai-Kia’s global compact-car architecture, which is something already used on the Hyundai Elantra.

The Forte sedan hot showrooms in the spring, with the 5-door and hatchback models slated for a third quarter release.

The Forte 5-door and Koup will come with SX trim versions which will have a 1.6-liter turbocharged engine producing 201 hp.

Cadenza: The upscale full-sized sedan went on sale in April. The model has received rave reviews from the media and the sales have been great so far. There are no major changes planned during the next 2 years..

Optima: The top-selling Kia model in the USA got a little makeover for the 2014 model year. That included an updated front and rear fascia, grille, headlights and taillights.

We can expect to see the re-engineered Optima arriving in the spring or summer of 2015, when it will be released as the 2016 model. While the base and turbo engines are expected to carry over, the new Optima will have a new interior and all-new sheet metal.

Quoris: It’s a virtual guarantee that the Quoris flagship sedan will eventually land in the US market. The only real question is when.

The Quoris is known as the K9 in South Korea and will have a starting price of around $50,000 when it arrives, which could be as early as next summer.

Kia are keeping an eye on the Cadenza to see how well it performs in the US market before making a final decision.

Rio: The subcompact got a redesign for the 2012 model year. Another refresh, with the focus on the grille, could come in the summer of 2015.

Sedona: The Sedona minivan made a rather quiet return to the Kia lineup after being absent for a year. Expect a redesigned minivan to hit the US market in the fall of 2014.

It should include a new interior, all-new sheet metal and the now trademark Kia tiger nose grille. Under the hood will likely be the same 3.3-liter V-6 that powers the Kia Cadenza.

Here are the first spy shots of Sedona.

Soul: The second generation of the wildly popular subcompact will arrive in the fall. The new model will be longer and wider than the original, as well as having a body with almost 30% more torsional rigidity.

The new sheet metal used on the 2014 model will give it a fresh look, but that upright, stocky style will still remain. The hard plastics that were found in the interior of the original are gone, having been replaced by better soft touch materials.

Under the hood is the same 1.6-liter four-cylinder base engine used on the current Soul. An optional 2.0-liter gasoline engine has been updated with direct-injection technology.

Soul EV: The electric version of the Soul should be available in late 2014 or early 2015. There are very few details about the car at the moment, but the feeling is that the Soul EV will have the same sort of range as the Nissan Leaf.

Sportage: A refreshed Sportage will hit the streets this fall, complete with an updated grille and new lights in the front and back. Don’t expect to see any major updates or redesigns of this one until 2017.

Sorento: The top-selling crossover is now on a new platform and also gets a new 3.3-liter V-6 engine. The interior is also spruced up, but the sheet metal remains exactly the same.

A brand new design is expected in 2015, just in time for the 2016 model year.

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Kia’s 2014 model line up cartoonized. See the pics here.

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