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New or Significantly Altered Models

2005 Kia Spectra Spectra5
New Spectra hatchback model has a more upright wagon form along the lines of the Matrix/Vibe. Power is provided by a 138hp 2.0-liter 4 cylinder. Spectra5 has a four-wheel independent suspension. Four-wheel disc brakes and a strut-tower brace are included.
2005 Kia Sportage
Sportage reappears sharing a platform with the 2005 Hyundai Tucson. Sportage will be offered in 2WD and 4WD versions. Engine choices in the US will include a 2.0L 4-cylinder and a 2.7L V6.

Mostly Unchanged

2005 Kia Amanti
Minor package changes for the second model year
2005 Kia Optima
Clear front turn signal lens. Different shade of red.
2005 Kia Rio
2005 Kia Rio Cinco
2005 Kia Sedona
Larger rear disc brakes. Captain chairs available through package on LX model.
2005 Kia Sorento
The 4-speed automatic is replaced by a 5-speed.
2005 Kia Spectra
New SX model adopts features from the new Spectra5 model including a front spoiler, side sills, black mesh grille, stiffer suspension, front strut-tower brace, metal pedals, 16-inch wheels, and 205/50R16 tires.