2011 Kia Optima/Magentis Makes Official Debut at NYIAS 2010

The much anticipated saloon from Kia has been globally unveiled today at the 2010 New York International Auto Show. The future generation 2011 Kia Optima/Magentis is also introducing three new powertrains, including the brand’s first-ever hybrid in the U.S. (available in 2011).

The car will therefore be available in a 2.4-liter GDI four-cylinder, a 2.0-liter GDI turbo engine or a 2.4-liter hybrid powerplant. The 200 hp 2.4-liter GDI engine is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Howeever, a single six-speed manual transmission will also be available, but only with the LX four-cylinder model.

Safety wise, the 2011 Optima/Magentis features six airbags, front active headrests, side-impact door beams, height-adjustable front seatbelts with pre-tensioners and force limiters, three-point seatbelts for all seating positions, LATCH, TPMS, ABS, ESC, TCS, BAS and HAC.

Available in three trims, LX, EX and SX, the 2011 Optima offers numerous standard features. The LX includes dual exhaust with chrome tips, solar glass, outside mirror turn signal indicators and 16-inch steel wheels fitted with 205/65R16 tires. The EX adds standard fog lights, heated outside mirrors, exterior chrome/body-color door handles along with 17-inch alloy wheels with P215/55/R17 tires.

Finally, the SX adds HID headlights with auto leveling, LED rear combination lights, unique front grille design, rear lip spoiler, sculpted side sills, aero wiper blades, red brake calipers and 18-inch black machined finish alloy wheels furnished with P225/45R18 tires.

Furthermore, available upgrades for the Optima EX and SX trims include a power panoramic sunroof, leather seat trim, memory driver’s seat, heated and cooled front seats, heated rear seats and a heated steering wheel.

Pricing details and sale date to be announced later in the year.
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