Kia officially announced the all-new 2021 K5 is slated to replace the Optima in the midsize sedan segment. The new K5 is touted to be Kia’s most powerful midsize sedan, and it’s arriving with a slew of turbocharged engines. Based on the N3 third-gen platform as the new Hyundai Sonata, the K5 inherited some design cues from the gorgeous Kia Stinger to give it an edge among competing midsize sedans.
First off, the Kia K5 is a marvelous-looking sedan. It previews a modernized version of Kia’s textured ‘tiger-nose’ grille which now extends into the redesigned headlights and hood structure. Meanwhile, most prominent is the unique Z-shaped running lights to give the K5 an unmistakable lighting signature.
Viewed from the side, the K5 can easily be mistaken for a Stinger with its low-slung silhouette and sloping roof, the latter of which wraps around the rear windshield. The 2021 K5 is 2.0-inches longer and an inch wider than its predecessor, but it also sits 0.8-inch lower to give it a dynamic stance. It also has a longer wheelbase to offer a roomier interior than the Optima. Rounding up the sporting look is a new set of 16-inch to 19-inch alloy wheels.
Unlike the Hyundai Sonata, the all-new Kia K5 will come to North America with a range of powerful turbocharged engines. According to Kia, the K5 will be sold in four trim models: LX, LXS, GT-Line, and EX. Apparently, a high-performance K5 GT is also arriving this fall. The base engine is a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-banger with 180 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque. The K5 GT is equipped with a turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder motor with 290 horsepower and 311 pound-feet of torque.
The smaller mill is connected to an eight-speed automatic transmission driving the front wheels. The larger 2.5-liter engine is mated to a new 8-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox with a wet clutch pack. All-wheel-drive is optional across the board.
Inside, the cabin benefits from an open layout design with premium materials and a mixture of metallic and wood appliques. Lower trim models receive an 8.0-inch touchscreen while a 10.25-inch display is available along with server-based navigation, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and Kia’s UVO telematics system.
On the safety front, the 2021 K5 is handsomely equipped with standard forward collision warning, collision avoidance assist, driver attention warning, and lane following assist among many others. The new Kia K5 will be manufactured in West Point, Georgia along with the Telluride SUV, and is anticipated to arrive later in the summer. Pricing and other details will follow at a later date.
The Special Detail Hidden On The Cadillac Escalade-V
If the V badge means anything in a Caddy, you can think of it as Popeye after devouring a can of spinach. The Escalade-V has a 6.2-liter supercharged gas-fed V8 engine derived from the hardcore CT5-V Blackwing. However, Cadillac engineers gave the mill a more substantial 2.65-liter R2650 TVS supercharger with four-lobe rotors capable of spinning to a heady 13,500 rpm. Pumping out up to 10 pounds of boost accessible with a heavy right foot, the Escalade-V offers 682 horsepower and 653 lb-ft of torque, making it the world’s most powerful full-size luxury SUV. In addition, the blown V8 churns out maximum torque from 4,400 rpm, which means you get ultimate shove without burying the go-pedal, a trait that most luxury car or SUV buyers love.
Sure, the Escalade is an opulent (albeit pricey) family SUV, but the V badge and magnificent supercharged V8 have given it a renewed vigor. According to Cadillac, the Escalade-V could sprint from zero to 60 mph in under 4.4 seconds. It could also breach the quarter-mile run in 12.74 seconds at 110 mph. For context, the Escalade-V has more power than a Mercedes-AMG GLS 63 and is faster than a RAM TRX at the dragstrip. Who says you can’t have fun in a three-row luxury SUV?
Today’s Wordle Answer #382 – July 6, 2022 Solution And Hints
The answer to Wordle’s July 6, 2022, edition is the word fluff. When it comes to an etymological analysis, there isn’t much meat to the puzzle here. A close predecessor is the word floow (also spelled as flue), which refers to a wooly substance. There’s a Flemish term called vluwe and a French word velu meaning hairy or shaggy that are said to be earlier variants of the word. Some say that the world fluff is an imitative modification of the word floow, which describes the act of puffing a light substance. Another theory is that fluff came out from the merger of flue and puff.
There’s also a movie that was released in 2020 by the name “Fluff,” but you haven’t likely seen it unless names like John Pallotta, Wesley Green, Brian Anthony Wilson, and Gina Martino ring a bell. Fluff sandwich is also a delicacy in the New England region; it gets its name from the light filling that is predominantly marshmallow with jelly or peanut butter, and is colloquially referred to as the fluffernutter.
Samsung’s Foldable Phones Could Get Much Cheaper In The Near Future
During the restructuring of its smartphone branding scheme, Samsung adopted the A letter for its mid-range phones, reserving M for entry-level devices (spoiler: the three phone families now spell S, A, M). The Galaxy A series usually has some resemblance to flagship Galaxy S phones, particularly in design, but often skimps out on other hardware components like the processor, memory, and cameras. According to an insider source (via ETnews), Samsung will be using the same tactic to bring down its foldable prices to a more agreeable level.
The report doesn’t say which corners will allegedly be cut to reach that lower price point, though it does mention only having core functions installed. If there is one thing that Samsung can’t skimp on, however, it is the durability of the foldable phone and the materials it will use. If a cheap foldable phone with an already fragile display is easily damaged, it will only serve to scare potential buyers away rather than increase confidence in the product line.
Samsung will reportedly target a price of 1 million KRW, which is roughly $770 USD and therefore considerably cheaper than even the Galaxy Z Flip 3 model’s price tag. This won’t be happening anytime soon, though, as the pieces are unlikely to fall into place until 2024 — presumably when foldable displays themselves have become less expensive to make. Samsung’s timeline might also be influenced by Apple’s foldable plans, as the Korean company will most likely want to have its brand well-established in that market before the first foldable iPhone or iPad launch.
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