Kia Unveils U.S. Spec K5 Sedan with Upgrades and New Engine

Kia has unveiled the U.S.-specification version of its popular K5 sedan at the Chicago Auto Show, following the earlier reveal of the Korea-market model last October. The mid-size sedan comes with a host of updates including revised front and rear ends, enhanced technology features, and a new engine option for the base models.

Visually, the U.S. version of the K5 features new headlights and taillights, giving the sedan a refreshed appearance. Notable updates include amber-coloured daytime running lights at the front and larger taillights at the rear, adding to its overall modern aesthetic.

Inside the cabin, the 2025 K5 offers new technology upgrades and quality-of-life improvements. Optional features include a 12.0-inch digital gauge cluster and a standard 12.3-inch central touchscreen, both housed behind a single curved glass panel. The addition of wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard features enhances connectivity, while the updated HVAC and audio controls provide improved functionality.

One of the significant changes in the 2025 K5 is the introduction of a new engine for most trim levels. The previous 180-hp turbocharged 1.6-litre four-cylinder has been replaced with a new 191-hp naturally aspirated 2.5-litre four-cylinder engine, providing more standard power across the lineup. The loss of the turbo results in less torque, with the 2.5-litre engine producing 245Nm compared to the previous 1.6 that produced 264Nm.

For the GT trim, the K5 retains its powerful 290-hp turbocharged 2.5-litre four-cylinder engine, coupled with an eight-speed wet dual-clutch automatic transmission. This variant also boasts performance enhancements such as larger brakes, a unique suspension tune, and wider tyres on 19-inch rims.

The new K5 is expected to arrive at dealer lots in March, although specific release dates have not been provided by Kia. Pricing details are anticipated to be announced closer to the launch date. With these updates and enhancements, the 2025 Kia K5 aims to offer consumers a compelling blend of performance, technology, and style in the mid-size sedan segment.

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