Changes to Kia 2023 models

For 2023, the Korean automaker KIA presents two completely redesigned Crossover SUV models—the Sportage and the Niro—and gives the popular Telluride SUV a significant mid-cycle refresh. While the Sportage getting bigger and more capable, the Niro brings its three electrified flavors (HEV, PHEV and EV) with more tech, better driving dynamics, greener credentials and a polarizing new design.

The other big addition for the coming year is the highly anticipated EV6 GTKia’s high-performance version EV6 all-electric crossover, which arrived in 2022 and signified the automaker’s shift to electrification and a commitment to cleaner mobility. The GT version of the EV6 does all that and goes from zero to 60 mph in 3.4 seconds.

Looking further ahead, Kia has announced that it will launch the EV9—its second consumer electric vehicle (VE) after the 2021 release of the EV6 crossover, later in the model year.

The rest of the Kia 2023 model updates range from deferral to minor tweaks that bring smarter technology and content upgrades. Here is the recap.

One year after replacing the Sedona minivan with a new name and a new design, the Kia Carnival continues in 2023 with technology upgrades and equipment for its two top trim levels: SX and SX Prestige.

The SX now includes an integrated 12.3-inch widescreen digital cluster and a 12.3-inch center display. Standard blind spot warning is also new. The top-of-the-line SX Prestige comes standard with 8-passenger Slide-Flex seating with a second-row multi-function center seat. The optional second-row VIP lounge seats are also new. Additionally, the SX and SX Prestige now offer a dual-screen rear-seat entertainment system and optional media streaming capability.

The Kia EV6 crossover arrived in 2022 as the brand’s first dedicated EV model, signaling the launch of the automaker’s Plan ‘S’ global electrification strategy. For 2023, Kia is adding the high-performance EV6 GT to the model lineup.

In addition to touting the all-electric eco-friendly merits of the EV6, Kia claims the 576-hp GT can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 3.4 seconds, with a top speed of 161 mph. Power and performance come from a 77.4 kWh battery with a 160 kW front motor and a 270 kW rear motor. Other performance upgrades include “Drift Mode”, larger diameter disc brakes with four-piston front calipers, reinforced chassis and electronic limited-slip differential (e-LSD).

Visually, the GT’s exterior features a unique front and rear fascia, neon accents and 21-inch wheels. Inside, the driver-focused cabin offers race-inspired sport bucket seats.

After receiving several key improvements for the 2022 model yearthe Forte compact sedan returns virtually unchanged for 2023. All LX, LXS and GT-Line trims with a 2.0-liter engine are SULEV30-compliant for the new model year.

In terms of features, Kia is removing the GT Technology pack. However, the automaker is adding FCA Fusion – a combination of forward collision warning with cyclist detection, electronic parking brake, highway driving assist (HDA), and the navigation-based adaptive cruise control it previously included in the GT Technology package – to the GT model with dual-clutch automatic transmission.

Now in its third model year, the Kia K5 the sports sedan gets minor changes for 2023. Kia is dropping the LX model, leaving four trim levels: LXS, EX, GT-Line and GT. In addition, all-wheel drive (all-wheel drive) is no longer available on the entry-level LXS.

Feature-wise, the well-equipped GT-Line now offers a panoramic sunroof package. Along with the large glass roof panel, the option pack includes LED interior lighting and gloss black exterior trim along the B-pillars and windshield for a premium look. A heated steering wheel is now standard on the GT-Line AWD. Finally, Kia adds acoustic glass to the front door windows of the EX, GT-Line and GT versions for a quieter cabin.

All-new for 2023, the electrified Niro, which comes in all-electric Niro EV, Niro HEV (hybrid) and Niro PHEV (plug-in hybrid), arrive with more technology, sharper driving dynamics and a greener footprint, advancing Kia’s efforts in sustainable mobility.

According to Kia, the all-new exterior styling of the Niro creates a more modern and sophisticated look. The C-Pillar blade is a striking, if not polarizing, element of the Niro’s new exterior spectacle. Additionally, Niro models are larger in all dimensions, offering what Kia says is class-leading passenger and cargo volume. The cabin offers innovative interior features and durable materials.

Sold in all 50 states, the Niro HEV offers class-leading fuel economy of 53 miles per gallon. Meanwhile, the Niro EV has an all-electric range (AER) of 253 miles, and Kia claims its battery can recharge from 10 to 80 percent in less than 45 minutes. With PHEV also in the mix, the new Niro family of crossovers gives buyers three distinct flavors of electrification to choose from.

The Kia Rio sedan and tailgate return unchanged for the 2023 model year, except for the addition of a sensor to alert drivers when the engine oil level is low.

The Kia Seltos continues for 2023 with minor enhancements to user technology features and advanced driver assistance systems (ads). Kia adds blind-spot warning and rear cross-traffic warning systems to the S FWD and S AWD trim levels. These two versions also receive an optional 10.25-inch navigation screen with satellite/HD radio and telematics. In addition, the cabin of all Seltos 2023 versions becomes quieter thanks to the new acoustic windshield which helps reduce wind noise.

For 2023, the Petrol Sorento remains intact, while the Hybrid Sorento and Plug-in hybrid Sorento models get minor but noticeable trim level changes.

Kia is ditching the base Sorento Hybrid S model and adding an all-new, top-of-the-line SX-P trim. It comes standard with Kia’s AWD system with a central locking differential and drive mode system with snow mode. Other standard features on the SX-P include 17-inch alloy wheels, power tailgate, 12.3-inch digital cluster, Bose premium audio system, and second-row captain’s chairs. The EX version gains an 8-way power-adjustable front passenger seat.

Elsewhere, Kia is streamlining the Sorento PHEV to an upscale SX-P trim that gains amenities over the previous model year, like retractable rear door sunshades, a 115-volt inverter that can charge household items and a standard HomeLink to open garage doors. .

For 2023, the Kia Soul benefits from several improvements. Design-wise, the square runabout brings a new grille flanked by available LED headlights and redesigned fog lights. New 17-inch and 18-inch alloy wheels available and a redesigned rear fascia and taillights complete the exterior look. And there are two new paint schemes. Inside, a 10.25-inch touchscreen (standard on all trims except LX) with navigation is a welcome addition.

To simplify the range, Kia dropped the X-Line and Turbo versions. With the Turbo gone, a naturally aspirated 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine with 147 horsepower powers the Soul. A new LX Technology package includes 16-inch alloy wheels, blind spot warning and rear cross-traffic warning.

To improve security, a number of previously optional ADAS features are now standard on all Soul versions. These include forward collision warning with pedestrian detection, lane departure warninglane keeping aid, lane centering aid, driver monitoring systemautomatic high beams and a rear seat reminder system.

The Sportage is all-new for 2023. Now bigger in every dimension, Kia’s longest-running nameplate enters its fifth generation with a more capable lineup including two new trim levels: the eye-catching X-Line and the X -Pro ready for the trail. .

According to Kia, the exterior of the new Sportage combines modern and robust design elements for a distinctive appearance. All-wheel-drive versions get increased ground clearance and new all-terrain tires.

Inside, the 2023 Sportage debuts premium class features, including two available 12.3-inch curved widescreen display screens. Space-wise, the Sportage offers the best rear legroom and rear cargo capacity in its class. There are eight standard ADAS, including newly available features such as a 3D Surround View Camera and Live Blind Spot Monitor in the instrument cluster.

Under the hood, the Sportage gets more power with a new 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine that works with the new 8-speed automatic transmission. For environmentally conscious customers, the Sportage now offers hybrid and plug-in hybrid powertrains.

The Kia Stinger will return for the 2023 model year, but no information on changes or new packaging was available as we prepared this article for publication.

The Significantly Refreshed Telluride brings a host of mid-cycle upgrades for 2023, starting with two new AWD trims – X-Line and X-Pro – for an extra dose of ruggedness. Of the two, the X-Pro gives buyers a true all-terrain offering thanks to all-terrain tires and multi-terrain riding modes.

Changes to the SUV’s exterior design enhance the Telluride’s commanding presence with new front and rear fascias, lighting and wheels. The refreshed interior gets a redesigned dashboard and center console with two new 12.3-inch widescreen displays, including standard navigation.

Other enhanced convenience technology includes a new standard Wireless access point and optional digital key supporting compatible iPhone, Apple Watch and Samsung Galaxy smartphones. The newest ADAS highlight is Highway Driving Assist 2, with semi-autonomous convenience capability and automatic lane change technology.

Kia is the source of information for this article. It was accurate on October 20, 2022, but it may have changed since that date. Always confirm product details and availability with the car manufacturer’s website or your local dealership.

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