2010 Paris Auto Show: 2011 Kia Optima
The first variant is equipped with a 1.7-litre 4-cylinder VGT diesel (codenamed ‘U2’) producing 136 PS and 330 Nm of torque, and which when fitted with Kia's ISG Start/Stop system is expected to emit 113 g/km of CO2.
The second option is a 2.0-litre CVVL (continuously variable valve lift) gasoline engine, codenamed ‘Nu’ by the South Korean manufacturer, capable of developing 170 PS and 196 Nm of torque.
A special ‘Sport Package’ including a unique front mesh grille, new front and rear bumpers, sculpted side sills, rear ‘lip type’ spoiler, LED daytime running lights, LED rear combination lamps, aero-blade windscreen wipers, plus high performance dampers, larger disc brakes with black callipers and machine-finished 18-inch, 10-spoke, flush-faced, alloy wheels will also be available.
“With the new Kia Optima, our global design team has penned a vehicle with distinctive dimensions and proportions that stands apart from everything else in its segment. Using an all-new mid-size platform and an all-new bodyshell, it moves our saloon product up to the next level of our design revolution,” stated Benny Oeyen, Vice President Marketing, Kia Motors Europe.
The 2011 Kia Optima is scheduled to go on sale in Europe towards the end of 2011, with pricing to be announced closer to the market launch.
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