Kia K4 U.S. Release Date and Availability
With Kia being a global brand that seems to be enjoying a meteoric rise in popularity and desirability across the various markets in which it competes, there’s a lot of interesting stuff going on with the manufacturer outside of North America. One of those markets in which we typically see most of the new and exciting Kias we can’t buy is the Asian market.
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As we’ve discussed in our Kia Model Names Around the World article, Kia’s naming convention in Asia sees the brand adopt a numerical system following the K for sedans. For instance, the Kia Forte is the Kia K3. The Kia Optima is the Kia K5. The Kia Cadenza is the Kia K7 and the Kia K900 is the Kia K9 (interestingly enough, it’s only called the K900 here because K9 is a term for dogs in English).
However, in our dive of Kia models that aren’t available to us in the North American market, we stumbled upon a model called the Kia K4 which sits between the compact Forte and midsize Optima. Today, we’re going to share what we learned about the Chinese-market exclusive Kia K4.
What is the Kia K4?
As more cars sell in China than they do in the United States, we don’t have many direct analogs for the Kia K4 in terms of size. The 109-inch wheelbase of the Kia K4 puts it between the 2019 Kia Forte (at 106 inches) and the 2019 Kia Optima (at 110.4 inches). Similarly, the Kia K4’s width is 71.5 inches which sees it fall between that of the 2019 Kia forte (70.9 inches) and 2019 Kia Optima (73.2 inches).
Looking at the model itself reveals a more luxurious than other compacts The Kia K4 includes standard features like HID Xenon headlights, LED DRL and combination taillights, dual-zone climate control, 8-inch multimedia infotainment (with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto), panoramic sunroof and more.
Styling is also on point and makes the case for the K4 being a luxury upgrade from the K3/Forte. Check out these photos of the head-turning small car:
Finally, drivers can select between a 1.8L 4-cylinder engine (141 horsepower) or 1.6L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine (173 horsepower). The more powerful engine also sees the highest fuel economy for the model at 6.3 L/100km (37 MPG).
Will the Kia K4 Come to the United States?
As a Chinese-built car made exclusively for the Chinese market, we’d really doubt seeing the K4 arrive at your Friendly neighborhood Kia lot. That said, a surge in gas prices could see Americans return to the sedan as a preferred vehicular option and if that market grows enough, drivers may demand an option between the compact Kia Forte and midsize Kia Optima.
We’ll be waiting with open arms if it does, but we’re not holding our breath.
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