2016 Kia K5 (Chinese-Spec) - Auto Shanghai Live

22/04/2015 - 17:07 | ,  ,   | Dhiyanesh Ravichandran

Engine line-up includes a diesel and 3 petrol variants.

The Chinese-Spec Kia K5 sedan facelift has been showcased for the first time in China at the 2015 Shanghai Auto Show. The Chinese K5 is differentiated from the new K5/ Kia Optima sedans previewed in other markets with exterior styling elements, and will go on sale later this year locally.

Kia K5 front at Auto Shanghai 2015

Though the next-generation K5 in China sports the familiar Kia design language akin to the new Optima, the trapezoidal lower grille design and a long chrome strip on it is unique to the Chinese car. It also gets a new alloy design and twin-exhaust pipes. Otherwise, the sedan shares exterior elements like projector headlights, Kia’s familial tigernose grille, slender daylight opening, and the tail section with the new Kia Optima (US-spec).

Kia K5 at Auto Shanghai 2015

The 4-door K5 rides on a new platform and is based on the new seventh-generation Hyundai Sonata (LF). Over 50 percent of the sedan’s body is made from high strength steel.

Kia K5 side at Auto Shanghai 2015

The Kia K5 globally is offered with a well-covered engine line-up consisting of a diesel, 3 petrols and a hybrid version. This includes a turbo-charged 1.6-liter and a 2.0-liter petrol units, a naturally-aspirated 2.4-liter petrol motor, a 1.7-liter diesel, and a hybrid variant with a 2.0-liter petrol engine and 30kW electric motor. A 6-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission is available on select variants.

Kia K5 rear three quarter at Auto Shanghai 2015

The Chinese Dongfeng-Yueda-Kia joint venture will manufacture the new Kia K5 mid-size sedan which competes with the Toyota Camry, the Peugeot 508, and the Volkswagen Passat.

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