Kia's designers and engineers had a chance to let their creative and performance juices flow with the vibrant 2018 Stinger sedan that was devised in Frankfurt and honed on the legendary Nurburgring track. Its influence is spreading across Kia's car lineup as the brand cultivates a more youthful image.
The brand's crossovers, meanwhile, are outperforming their 2017 sales thus far on the strength of the freshened Sorento, the recently redesigned Sportage and the electrified Niro, which hit the market in 2017.
Expect to see the Niro's green lineup expanded with a fully electric edition soon, while Kia adds the Telluride to the lineup to further capitalize on the shift to crossovers.
Rio: The 2018 Rio sedan and five-door hatchback were redesigned for the 2018 model year with a look that Kia calls "decidedly European." The subcompact vehicles went on sale in the fourth quarter of 2017. Freshenings are expected for the 2021 model year.
Soul: The boxy car arrived for the 2019 model year with minor packaging enhancements, including a standard 5-inch touch screen, rear camera display and voice recognition on the base model. The Soul EV, now in its fourth model year, comes with a more powerful battery that improves the car's EPA-estimated range to 111 miles from 93 miles. A pending redesign, expected for the 2020 model year, could see a hybrid added to the lineup.