Kia Is Planning To Give The K5 A Substantial Facelift

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Will a fresh face and more tech be enough to lure customers out of SUVs?

The Kia K5 is getting ready for an extensive facelift, with a new video showing us a heavily disguised example of the Korean midsize sedan.

Looking at the prototype from the front, it's hard to see any changes. Still, it's safe to assume the K5 will receive a redesigned radiator grille, updated headlights, and revised detailing on the lower parts of the bumper. We wouldn't be surprised if the Accord rival debuts with an EV9-inspired front end.

Recently, we spotted the new Carnival minivan with a front fascia that resembles the upcoming electric SUV.


Look behind the handsome dual-tone alloy wheels, and you'll spot the GT-branded brake calipers. That suggests this is the top-of-the-range GT derivative, one of the finest front-wheel drive sedans money can buy.

It's interesting to note that the side profile is also covered up, suggesting the automaker may make notable changes to components like the side skirts, trim, or even the doors. At the rear, we expect the lightbar to be slimmer and gain updated cluster detailing and a revised bumper and exhaust finisher treatment.


In the United States, the K5 remains popular but is losing ground to some of its stablemates. 2022 was a successful sales year for Kia, with vehicles like the Sportage, Sorento, and Telluride leading the charge. While Kia managed to shift 125,245 examples of the Sportage, it sold just 66,298 units of the K5. This is far less than in 2021, when Kia sold more than 92,000.

Sedan sales will only plummet in the coming years, so one has to wonder whether the handsome Korean sedan has a future in America. After all, the automaker recently reduced the K5 lineup by dropping the base model.

But there's reason to believe the prototype spotted here is destined for our shores.

2022-2023 Kia K5 Wheel KIA
2022-2023 Kia K5 Driver Area KIA

Look closely at the shot of the wheel, and you'll notice the orange reflector peeking out from the camouflage. The Korean-spec K5 doesn't have these safety reflectors, which are standard on all American market vehicles due to our stringent safety mandates.

It could be a redesigned turn signal lens, but it's more likely to be a reflector based on the positioning. Currently, the GT derivative is powered by a turbocharged 2.5-liter engine producing 290 horsepower. We hope the facelift brings a healthy power boost and the option of all-wheel drive for the range-topping model.

We're not sure when this model will arrive, but we expect the reveal to occur this year. Hopefully, it will touch down before year-end to give the new Honda Accord a run for its money.

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