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Redesigned 2021 Kia Optima teased showing Kia Stinger and Hyundai Sonata-ish looks

The redesigned 2021 Kia Optima has been shown off via Kia Motors Group's Facebook page.

Photo courtesy of Kia Motors Group

The next-generation of the Kia K5 (what the Optima is sold as in some overseas markets) has been shown off on the Kia Motors Group Facebook page, giving a good hint at what Americans will see when the next-gen 2021 Kia Optima reaches U.S. shores.

From the pictures, it is easy to see Sonata-like similarities with the new Optima. A similar pinched nose ends with the distinctly Tiger Nose grille and its C-Pillar and nearby glass rakes like a fastback. LED light signatures rise high up onto the hood and along the sides showing Stinger-like athletic proportions and styling.

The car showcases a two-tone body design, something the Optima used to gain attention just one generation ago.

2021 Kia Optima exterior render new The 2021 Kia Optima features looks that are reminiscent of the Hyundai Sonata, Dodge Challenger, and Kia Stinger.Photo courtesy of Kia Motors Group

The fastback design includes a spoiler at the rear that has badging at the center. A new horizontal light signature dominates the back end, which appears a bit on the square side, like a Dodge Challenger.

The released rendering of the Optima's cabin shows a spacious model with horizontal design lines. Those are things that the Kia team already executes in other vehicles. Its wheel isn't markedly different than what is already on the market. Vent design and the appearance of the car's infotainment touch screen appear to be evolutions of current Kia design.

2021 Kia Optima redesign interior cabin This rendering of the Kia K5 shows a futuristic design motif that plays on current Kia themes.Photo courtesy of Kia Motors Group

The cabin rendering does not explicitly show a shifter, though the dial in the center near the driver may be it. There also appears to be a touch pad (say it aint' so, Kia, please) while most buttons, levers, and knobs are kept to a minimum. That may, however, be an illusion as the final design process often requires practicality to take precedence over forward-looking design.

Current Hyundai Sonata and Kia Telluride technology tells us what to expect in the forthcoming Optima. There will likely be a good list of standard and available safety and driver assistance technologies as well as convenience tech like a head up display driver information display camera screens.

The 2021 Kia Optima is expected to go on sale in the U.S. in late 2020. The 2019 model starts at $23,190 and it is likely that Kia will want to keep the price similar when it arrives on dealer lots.

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BMW sends its V12 engine off in style

BMW will build its final V12 engine this June.

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Most automakers are focused on building EVs and extracting the best fuel economy from gas engines possible, so it’s not surprising to hear that BMW is pulling the plug on one of its biggest and most iconic engines. In June 2022, BMW will build its very last V12 engine for use in a super-limited-production special edition 7 Series model. The ultra-rare cars will carry a starting price of $200,995.

BMW 760i xDrive The last V12 will power a very special (and very expensive) 7 Series car.BMW

Only twelve lucky customers will have the option to nab a V12-powered BMW, which will be called the M760i xDrive. Displacing 6.6 liters, the twin-turbocharged beast produces a massive 601 horsepower. An eight-speed sport automatic transmission and all-wheel drive are standard. BMW says the powertrain is strong enough to push the hefty 7 Series car to 60 mph from a standstill in just 3.6 seconds.

The final-run cars will feature little more than a special “V12” badge at the rear to differentiate them from standard 7 Series models. Inside, the car features a serialized plaque with the car’s production number out of the 12 units planned. The engine itself features a nameplate with “The Final V12.”

Beyond the badges, BMW’s 12-cylinder last-hurrah will come standard with 20-inch M double-spoke wheels, a choice of any available BMW full Merino leather color, M Sport brakes with black or blue calipers, a panoramic LED roof, remote control parking, a Bowers & Wilkins surround-sound system, and adaptive LED headlights.

BMW 760i xDrive Only 12 of the cars will be built, with a starting price of more than $200,000.BMW

Though it hasn’t been BMW’s most popular engine over the years, the V12 has been a part of the automaker’s catalog for 35 years. The first 12-cylinder engine showed up in 1987, producing 295 horsepower in the original 750iL sedan.

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Hyundai released pricing for the Ioniq 5 today.

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The first of Hyundai's Ioniq-branded electric vehicles is almost here, and the automaker finally released pricing information. The Ioniq 5 starts off at a reasonable price and reaches deep into premium territory, but it's got the capability and the equipment to justify its price tag.

Hyundai Ioniq 5 Owners will get two years of free charging. Hyundai

Pricing for the line includes:

  • Hyundai Ioniq 5 SE Standard range with 168 hp and RWD: $40,925
  • SE single motor with 225 hp and RWD: $44,875
  • SE dual-motor with 320 hp and AWD: $48,375
  • SEL single-motor with 225 hp and RWD: $47,125
  • SEL dual-motor with 320 hp and AWD: $50,625
  • Limited single-motor with 225 hp and RWD: $51,825
  • Limited dual-motor with 320 hp and AWD: $55,725
All prices include a $1,225 destination charge. It's also worth noting that the Ioniq 5 is eligible for up to $7,500 in government tax credits, though the size of the final tax rebate depends on the customer's individual situation. Range estimates for the Ioniq 5 span from 220 miles for the SE Standard Range to 303 miles for other single-motor models. Hyundai's party trick with the new crossover is its charging system, which is claimed to replenish the batteries from 10 to 80 percent in just 18 minutes.

Standard features for the Ioniq 5 include 19-inch aero wheels, a 12.3-inch touchscreen with EV information, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, blind spot monitoring with safe exit assist, lane keeping assist with lane following assist, parametric pixelated LED headlights, flush door handle, and more. To ease customers' transition into EV life, Hyundai partnered with Electrify America to provide unlimited 30-minute charting sessions for two years following purchase.

Interior of Hyundai's Ioniq 5 revealed ahead of Feb. 23 debut automotivemap.com

Hyundai offers complimentary maintenance for up to three years or 36,000 miles, which includes tire rotations and other services. The car's battery and electric system are covered by a ten-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty. The Ioniq 5 is scheduled to go on sale this month.

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