The name won’t be the only new thing for the 2021 Kia K5 when it arrives this summer.
On Tuesday, Kia detailed the 2021 K5 mid-size sedan that will replace the Optima in its lineup. In places around the world, the K5 name was applied to the sedan already although Kia didn’t ship over the name in the U.S. until now.
On top of a new name, the K5 is a wholesale change for the mid-size sedan. The K5 sports a new look and new body that’s longer, lower, and wider than the Optima it replaces. The new car is two inches longer than the Optima, and rides on a wheelbase that’s stretched by 1.8 inches. Kia didn’t say how that translates into the cabin for interior space, although we expect a slightly roomier cabin in the already big mid-size sedan.
On the outside, the new car sports a hawkish grille and headlights that have been pinched compared to the old sedan. The floating…