The interior of the all-new Kia K5 is as alluring as its exterior

The all-new Kia K5 was the talk of the town when first images were revealed last month. Kia has now revealed some additional information for the fifth-generation Kia K5 (or Optima outside of South Korea). 

We’ve all seen the breathtaking exterior of the Kia K5 in quite some detail, but the Interior of the D-segment fastback is equally as beautiful.

The dashboard now has a stepped design, with a wood effect trim (or metallic, depending on variant) across the entire bottom step. The trim extends onto the door cards to form a cohesive wrap-around line. 

Standing on top of the dashboard is now a new 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system, joined directly to a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster. The infotainment system features voice recognition capable of controlling various vehicle functions.

The gear lever has also been removed on certain gearbox options, replaced by a shift-by-wire rotary dial gear selector.

Other interior options include an ambient light system, 12-speaker Bose surround sound system, 8.0-inch heads-up display, and various leather and cloth upholstery.

Unsurprisingly, the K5 will be available with the 1.6-litre turbocharged Smartstream engine that is shared with Hyundai. The engine pushes out 180 hp and 265 Nm of torque, and features Continuously Variable Valve Duration (CVVD) technology that optimises between torque output and fuel efficiency.

Depending on market, there will also be a 2.0-litre MPI engine (152 hp, 192 Nm), 2.0-litre engine with CVVL technology (160 hp, 196 Nm), and a 2.5-litre GDi engine (194 hp, 246 Nm). 

The performance K5 GT variant gets a significant bump in power, with a new 2.5-litre T-GDi engine providing 290 hp and 422 Nm of torque. Paired with Kia’s new eight-speed wet double-clutch transmission, the K5 GT does 0-to-100 km/h in 6.6 seconds

All other engines will be paired to either a six- or eight-speed automatic transmissions, although Kia has not revealed specific pairings. For the first time, the Kia K5 will also be available in all-wheel drive set-up, in addition the usual front-wheel drive.

As with previous generations of the K5, hybrid powertrain options will also be available, but no details are available as of yet. 

The all-new Kia K5 is packed to the brim with advanced safety features. Kia’s Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) on the K5 includes Forward Collision-avoidance Assist, Blind-spot View Monitor with Surround View Monitor and Blind-spot Collision-avoid Assist, Smart Cruise Control or Navigation-based SCC, Lane Following Assist, Driver Attention Warning, and Highway Driving Assist.

The Remote Smart Parking Assist function allows drivers to move the cars autonomously out of a front-and-back parking space remotely with their key fob – perfect for tight parking spaces and the sometimes questionable Malaysian parking skills. 



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