Changes announced for the Kia 2022 model line-up include the arrival of the all-new Carnival all-rounder, which replaced the long-standing Sedona MPV, and the introduction of the all-new EV6 all-electric crossover SUV. The EV6 marks the start of the automaker’s shift to electrification and is committed to cleaner mobility.
Another eco-friendly addition to the Kia lineup is the plug-in hybrid (PHEV) version of the Sorento sport utility vehicle (SUV), which has been completely redesigned for the 2021 model year, offering both gasoline and hybrid powertrains. In addition, the Forte and Stinger sedans have undergone slight but noticeable improvements.
For 2022, Kia is adopting a new brand logo and continues to offer something for everyone in its diverse lineup of cars and SUVs, minus the premium K900 and Cadenza sedans (Kia has discontinued both models beyond 2021 ). Other changes to individual models are listed below.
The all-new Kia Carnival replaces the long-standing Sedona minivan with a new name, a new design and, finally, everything in between. Kia says it is a multipurpose vehicle (MPV). Whether you call it that or not, there’s no denying the Carnival’s bolder appearance and more powerful V6 powertrain, delivering 290 horsepower and 3,500 pounds of towing capacity.
The Carnival is roomier and more upscale than the Sedona, offering 2nd row Slide-Flex seating and VIP Lounge seating. And there’s more cargo space to support camping adventures and long road trips. The Carnival also has 12 Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), including the segment-exclusive Blind Spot Monitor.
Changes Kia EV6 2022
The all-new 2022 Kia EV6 (CUV) crossover is the brand’s first dedicated battery-electric vehicle (BEV), marking the launch of the automaker’s global electrification strategy.
The rear-wheel or dual-motor all-wheel-drive (AWD) EV6 CUV gets its power from a high-density 77.4 kWh battery allowing up to 300 miles of driving between charges. According to Kia, its 800-volt multi-charge architecture enables fast 10-80% DC charging in under 18 minutes. In terms of performance, the EV6 can go from zero to 60 mph in 5.1 seconds.
This technological tour de force offers an optional augmented reality head-up display, 21 standard active ADASs and Vehicle-to-Charge functionality. And the interior is as spacious as it is upscale, with a flat floor that offers 53.5 cubic feet of space with the rear seats folded down.
Three years after its last complete redesign, the 2022 Forte compact sedan benefits from several upgrades, including new design cues at the front and rear, a new 10.25-inch panoramic navigation screen and a cluster Larger 4.2-inch color TFT LCD screens are standard on all trim levels. . The extended suite of ADAS technology now includes 15 available systems, including Lane Keeping Assist, Motorway Driving Assist and Safe Exit Assist.
Additionally, for 2022 Kia has dropped the EX version but added a new GT-Line Sport Premium package. Other new package offerings include LXS technology, GT-Line technology, and GT technology, each with unique combinations of technology and ADAS features.
Despite only being in its second year (since replacing the long-standing Optima), the K5 sedan benefits from a new Kia badge and many top-level upgrades to its lineup, including a new surround view monitor and park distance warning on the EX and GT versions. It also receives a standard 10.25-inch navigation system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto on the GT-Line, EX and GT versions.
A new GT-Line AWD Premium package features a panoramic sunroof, heated steering wheel, LED projection headlights and new driver assistance features, including highway driving assistance and intelligent cruise control navigation-based. The GT-Line AWD Special Edition pack is no longer available.
Mainly carried over for 2022, the Niro, available in hybrid, EV and PHEV variants, arrives with a new Kia badge on the grille, tailgate, steering wheel and wheel covers. In addition, the 10.25-inch touchscreen of the Niro EV becomes standard equipment.
The Kia Rio will return for the 2022 model year, but no information on changes or new packaging has been provided as we prepared this article for release.
The Kia Seltos SUV arrives for model year 2022 with more standard technology and a menacing new version Turbo Nightfall Edition AWD with exclusive 18-inch matte black alloy rims, a unique black grille, sturdy roof racks and sills lateral.
At the front of ADAS, Front Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Keeping Assist, Lane Departure Warning, Driver Attention Warning, Lane Keeping Assist track and high beam assist are standard throughout the Seltos range. Plus, a 10.25-inch navigation screen, UVO connectivity, remote engine start, and automatic climate control are standard features on all trims except the LX trim. Finally, the Seltos SX AWD receives a sport steering wheel with a flat bottom.
For 2022, the new Sorento PHEV joins the gasoline and hybrid models, which Kia launched the year before. Highlights of the PHEV include a 261 hp turbocharged powertrain, 79 MPGe rating, rugged all-wheel drive capability and the largest passenger room in its market segment.
Additionally, the Sorento Hybrid receives available all-wheel drive (as well as 19-inch wheels for the Hybrid EX). At the same time, the petrol Sorento extends the robust X-Line package to the EX and S versions due to its popularity. Sorento SX-P models come standard with memory seats and 14-way power adjustment (instead of 10) and standard heated rear captain’s seats. Finally, the 10.25-inch navigation touchscreen is now standard on all S versions and above the Sorentos.
The iconic Kia Soul arrives for 2022 with a new Kia badge on the hood, tailgate and wheel covers. Feature updates for the S, X-Line and GT-Line versions include a standard 10.25-inch navigation screen, dual automatic climate control, push-button start with immobilizer, and wireless smartphone charger. wire. The base LX trim benefits from a larger one-inch main unit screen and a new technology package that adds 16-inch alloy rims and a range of ADAS features. Items include Blind Spot Collision Warning, Rear Cross-Cross Collision Avoidance Assist, Lane Change Assist, Forward Collision Avoidance Assist and Driver Attention Warning . Meanwhile, Kia ditched the LX trim with manual transmission.
Visually, the Sportage is unchanged for 2022, but the popular compact SUV receives a handful of packaging and content changes. To that end, a new LX Value Edition package replaces last year’s LX Popular package, adding 18-inch dark gray wheels, a smart key with push-button start and heated front seats, as well as a collision warning in blind spots and rear cross traffic. collision warning. Additionally, the new Nightfall Edition replaces the S trim as a stand-alone package, and the EX trim now offers a panoramic sunroof as standard equipment. Finally, the EX Tech pack and SX Turbo offer new free map updates.
Kia’s halo sport sedan receives several upgrades for 2022. Appearance upgrades include new LED lighting, new geometric wheel designs, and a more aggressive quad exhaust. Inside, the Stinger gets gloss black and chrome instrument panel finishes, standard 10.25-inch navigation, and a new nappa leather seat design. A new Scorpion Special Edition arrives with a blackened rear spoiler, wheels and exterior elements, and a carbon fiber interior trim pattern.
For more performance, the GT-Line replaces its 255-horsepower 2.0-liter engine with a new 2.5-liter, 300-horsepower 4-cylinder turbo. And the GT’s 3.3-liter biturbo also gets a power boost with a new electronic variable exhaust. In terms of safety technologies, automatic emergency braking, collision avoidance in blind spots and lane keeping assist are now standard features on all versions.
Kia’s hugely popular Telluride mid-size SUV returns for 2022 with minor design improvements and additional safety and convenience features. The exterior receives a new Kia badge and a modified grille. Inside, the LX and S trims get a larger 10.25-inch navigation screen, fully automatic climate control and highway driving assistance, all standard. The Telluride S trim also receives a standard cordless phone charger. And all versions now benefit from intelligent cruise-based cruise control as standard.
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