Kia’s new K4 sedan, bound for sale exclusively in China, has been unveiled this week.
The K4’s reveal follows a series of leaked images and spy photos that surfaced in recent months, offering a first look at the new sedan.
Developed for the Chinese market, where a spacious second row is a crucial selling point, the K4 rides on a longer-than-usual platform.
Where Kia’s global Cerato sedan (sold as 'K3' in Korea and 'Forte' in others) rides on a 2700mm wheelbase, this new offering stretches that gap to 2770mm.
Likewise, the Cerato measures just 4350mm long, far outstripped by the K4’s 4700mm length.
That longer wheelbase and overall length, just 25mm and 145mm short of the midsized Optima sedan, combines with an 1815mm width (Optima: 1835mm) to make the K4 one of the largest offerings in its segment.
The K4 will be offered in China with 105kW/176Nm 1.8 and 114kW/192Nm 2.0 litre petrol engines, both mated to six-speed automatic transmissions.
Features will include push-button ignition, reversing camera, UVO infotainment system and a high-end instrument cluster to elevate the K4 above other, more budget-oriented, Chinese-market small sedans.
On the styling front, the K4 appears to merge the sharp lines of the existing Optima with the flowing curves of the new Cerato, resulting in a more understated take on both formulas.
Will we see this new sedan in Australia? Not in the short term. Kia launched all-new versions of the Cerato small sedan and hatch here last year, and introducing the K4 would likely cannibalise both Cerato and Optima sales.
And, as the K4 is not expected to be produced for any right-hand-drive markets, we shouldn’t hold our breath for a local launch.
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