2025 Kia K4 Makes Official Debut at New York Auto Show

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Kia officially reveals the new K4 sedan at the 2024 New York Auto Show, capturing the attention of automotive enthusiasts. This successor to the Forte promises significant upgrades and enhancements, marking a new era for Kia’s compact sedan lineup.

The K4 arrives with a choice between two potent powertrains. The standard option boasts a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, delivering a respectable 147 horsepower and 132 pound-feet of torque. This engine pairs seamlessly with a continuously variable transmission, ensuring smooth performance on the road. For those seeking an extra boost, an optional turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine is available. Packing 190 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque, this powerhouse comes paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission featuring paddle shifters for a more engaging driving experience. Enthusiasts can anticipate the potential debut of a GT model in the future, building upon the Forte GT’s legacy with its enhanced power output.

Beyond its performance credentials, the K4 distinguishes itself with its larger dimensions, surpassing its predecessor in size. Measuring 185.4 inches long and 72.8 inches wide, it offers ample interior space, boasting 38.0 inches of rear legroom and 37.3 inches of rear headroom, along with a capacious 14.6 cubic feet trunk. Inside the cabin, a futuristic 30-inch screen dominates the dashboard, featuring standard wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Additionally, Kia introduces advanced features such as over-the-air updates and Digital Key 2.0 with Ultra Wideband technology.

Kia ensures a diverse range of options to suit various preferences, offering the K4 in five distinct trims: LX, LXS, EX, GT-Line, and GT-Line Turbo. Each trim caters to different tastes, with a selection of interior color schemes and optional features like heated front seats and premium audio systems. Visually, the K4 embodies Kia’s innovative design ethos, characterized by its bold styling elements and “Opposites United” design direction. The GT-Line variants stand out with their unique exterior accents and enhanced visual appeal, while both GT trims boast multi-link rear suspensions for improved handling and stability.

Safety remains a top priority for Kia, with the K4 equipped with a comprehensive suite of standard safety features. From lane-keep assist to rear cross-traffic alert, Kia ensures occupants are protected on every journey. Additionally, the GT-Line Turbo model offers upgraded forward collision warning for enhanced safety.

As anticipation builds for the K4’s arrival in the market, pricing details remain undisclosed. While it’s expected to see a modest increase over the outgoing Forte, Kia aims to maintain competitive pricing within the segment. With its slated release in the second half of 2024, consumers eagerly await further information closer to the official launch date. The 2025 Kia K4 represents a significant leap forward for Kia, promising an unparalleled driving experience in the compact sedan segment.


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