Kia Motors has been hard at work 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 new model 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 sedan.
Here’s what else Kia Motors has on tap moving forward.
- Update: List of Kia models in 2020
2017 Kia models
Rio sub-compact car: The Rio has received a subtle mid-cycle refresh (or facelift) last year. Adopting several minor styling tweaks, the model remains pretty much the same. Latest rumors suggest that Kia will launch a fully redesigned 2017 Rio in the USA.
Soul crossover vehicle: The funky Soul car, which has helped put Kia in the spotlight, got a full makeover two years ago, so don’t expect many changes in the coming years. The 2017 Soul may, however, receive a subtle facelift.
Soul EV: For the 2017 model year, Kia will most likely upgrade the Soul EV electric drivetrain technology and extend its range. It will also refresh the styling of their all-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. Two more Optima versions are coming to the United States this year: 2017 Optima hybrid and 2017 Optima plug-in hybrid!
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 means a fully redesigned model will come in late 2016 as a 2017 model.
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 thousand 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 a couple of years.
GT sedan: A 4-door coupe-sedan is headed for the showrooms late next year. There are no 2017 / 2018 Kia GT spy shots available at this point.
Sportage: The compact crossover just got a complete makeover for the 2017 model year. The all new 2017 Sportage rides on a new platform and adopts several engines from its Hyundai Tucson sibling.
Sorento SUV: A re-engineered version of the popular 7-seat Kia crossover has hit showrooms a while ago and has been sold as a 2016 model. It seems like the 2017 Sorento may receive a facelift!
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 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!