Kia has unveiled the U.S.-spec 2025 Kia K5 at the Chicago Auto Show, revealing a refreshed rival for the Chevy Malibu sedan. The new Kia K5 offers an updated look inside and out, as well as a new naturally aspirated 2.5L four-cylinder engine and new tech features. An official launch date has yet to be announced, but is expected for the spring.
Outside, the refreshed 2025 Kia K5 shows off new exterior styling with an updated fascia and signature Star Map LED front daytime running lamps, plus standard LED headlights. Certain trims also incorporate unique styling enhancements of their own, like satin-metal-look fins for the K5 GT. An integrated spoiler is standard across the range. Wheel sizing includes 16-inch, 18-inch, and 19-inch options, depending on the trim level selected.
The updated cabin space offers an available 12-inch digital driver instrument cluster and a 12.3-inch infotainment system touchscreen, with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto equipped as standard. There’s also new standard driver assist features, such as Smart Cruise Control with Stop and Go, Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist, and Park Distance Warning (front and reverse), while the mid-range EX trim now includes a Bose Premium stereo, a 10-way power driver’s seat, a heated steering wheel, and power folding mirrors as standard.
As for the power spec, the 2025 Kia K5 cradles a new naturally aspirated 2.5L four-cylinder engine, which replaces the outgoing model’s turbocharged 1.6L powerplant on all but the range-topping GT. The engine connects to the front wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission, with output rated at 191 horsepower, an 11-pony upgrade over the turbo 1.6L engine. Torque output is down to 181 pound-feet, as compared to the 195 pound-feet produced by the turbocharged 1.6L. All-wheel drive is optional higher in the range. More output is available from the front-drive-only GT trim, which cradles the same turbocharged 2.5L four-cylinder as the outgoing model, once again turning out 290 horsepower.
Pricing details aren’t out yet, but they shouldn’t rise much over the current model’s starting MSRP of $25,590.