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Kia likely killing Optima name, renaming the sedan what it's called in Korea - the K5

The redesigned Kia K5 went on sale in Korea in late 2019.

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The Honda Accord and Toyota Camry fighter in Kia's lineup has been known as the Optima for two decades in the U.S. Now, it's time bearing the name as come to an end. Kia has confirmed that the Optima will be known as the K5 in the U.S. starting with the 2021 model year. MotorTrend was first to report the news.

Kia's fresh nomenclature will fit the K5 into the rest of the Kia lineup. Globally, they offer the K3 (Forte), K7 (Cadenza), and K9 (K900) for sale. There is no officially announcement on whether or not Kia will drop those traditional names in favor of alphanumeric nomenclature.

2021 Kia K5

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MotorTrend made the discovery by searching through official EPA fuel-economy ratings. The only model listed as the Kia K5 features a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. This is likely the same power plant that produces 180 horsepower and 191 pound-feet of torque in the 2020 Hyundai Sonata. Hyundai and Kia share joint ownership.

The K5 is also listed as being offered with all-wheel drive. That's not something that that Sonata offers.

The filing lists the car's fuel efficiency as 26 miles per gallon in the city, 34 mpg on the highway, and 29 mpg combined.

Kia has long been fighting an uphill battle in the crowded midsize sedan market where the perennial top-selling Accord and Camry have dominated for decades. Others, like the recently redesigned Nissan Altima and Hyundai Sonata are competitive alternatives. With the Ford Fusion ending production in July, there is room for Kia to capture more of the declining, though still sizable, sedan market.

With its premium interior and striking design lines, the K5 is sure to make an impression on the U.S. market, starting later this year.

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The 2022 Audi Q5 Sportback has debuted but Americans will have to wait around six months to get one.

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The Audi Q5 Sportback takes the traditional dimensions of the Audi Q5 and shaves some off the back of the roof to creating a more sloping design. The result is a model that fits right into Audi's lineup.

At the front of the new all-wheel drive model is an octagonal Singleframe grille that is flanked by large air inlets. The car's headlights feature daytime running lights with the buyer's choice of LED or matrix-design LED technology. At the rear are taillights that feature OLED lighting technology split into three ties of six segments each.

2022 Audi Q5 Sportback

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Like the roof, the car's windows taper as the design of the vehicle flows backward. Its rear bumper appears to be high-mounted.

Base Audi Q5 Sportback models are powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that is paired with a 12-volt mild-hybrid system to to deliver 261 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. Buyers can upgrade to the 3.0-liter V6 engine that produces 349 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque.

The SQ5 will come standard with adaptive dampers and has an available air suspension and dynamic steering capability.

Each model has Audi's new MIB 3 infotainment system, which can be optioned to include a 12.3-inch digital display in front of the driver as well as virtual cockpit and head-up display technologies. At the center of the dashboard is a 10.1-inch infotainment touch screen with navigation. The system allows for multiple user profiles.

The Audi phone box and a Bang and Olufsen sound system with 3D sound are available.

Inside the cabin, the car has a rear bench seat the can be shifted laterally as well as forward and aft. The seat also reclines.

Each Q5 Sportback comes with a standard hands-free power tailgate.

Buyers can option their model to include numerous driver assist systems including adaptive cruise control with traffic jam assist, standard Audi Side Assist and Audi Pre Sense Rear, lane departure warning, and Parking System Plus.

The 2020 Audi Q5 starts at $43,000. Expect the Sportback model to be slightly pricier when it arrives in the U.S. in the first half of 2021. It will be assembled at the San José Chiapa plant in Mexico.

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The Jeep Gladiator Rubicon is made to be trail-ready

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If you want to go off-roading but you’re apprehensive behind the wheel? Jeep is introducing the Jeep Adventure Academy, a program that provides hands-on, off-road driving instruction to Jeep 4x4 owners.

"Off-roading is a rite of passage for Jeep 4x4 owners and the new Jeep Adventure Academy will provide key knowledge every off-roader can use for hitting the trails," said Jim Morrison, Head of Jeep Brand, FCA - North America. "The new Jeep Adventure Academy underscores the Jeep brand's commitment to delivering Jeep 4x4 vehicles that provide owners with a sense of capability, safety and security to handle any condition or adventure with confidence."

2021 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk Jeep Trailhawk models are trail-tested ahead of their retail salePhoto courtesy of FCA US LLC

The Academy kicks off this October and will take place at select locations nationwide. Instructors from Jeep Jamboree USA will lead the program alongside off-roading experts.

Each Academy session will focus on several essential areas of off-roading instruction, including 4x4 system basics, driving techniques, trail etiquette, vehicle preparation and equipment, how to properly read terrain and challenging obstacles, safety tips and more.

The Jeep Adventure Academy will take place during the first three weeks in October at the following locations:

  • Holly Oaks Off-road Vehicle Park, Holly, Michigan: October 2-4
  • Southern Missouri Off-Road Ranch, Seymour, Missouri: October 9-11
  • Hollister Hills State Vehicular Recreation Area, Hollister, California: October 16-18

Registration is available at jeepadventureacademy.com. A one-day session starts at $99 and requires Jeep 4x4 vehicle ownership. The academy sessions will be led by professional staff from Jeep Jamboree USA, an organization that has been conducting off-road adventures since 1953.

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