Around the back, we see wrap-around taillights, a trait shared with the Stinger and also seen on the creative new Proceed shooting brake model. It's accompanied by a diffuser and large twin exhausts for a touch of sportiness.
All the prototypes seen so far in Korea were wearing a double-layer of camouflage, so we can't tell you which version is the right one. However, we'd be happy either way, particularly as Kia has built a solid reputation in this segment and has more variation planned for the new Optima.
For example, the European market will get another wagon, more affordable and stylish than the mainstream VW Passat. This, in turn, will gain both plug-in and regular hybrid versions. Meanwhile, the American model should have a 1.6-liter turbo with a 7-speed DCT and a 2.5-liter with an 8-speed auto, packing about 190 horsepower
The Optima should also have a GT sports model, packing somewhere around 280 horsepower from either a 2.0-liter or the rumored new 2.5-liter turbo. And to ensure the power goes where it's needed, AWD will be available, not only here, but on other versions too.
While the Optima might make its debut first under the name K5 in South Korea, we're going to have to wait until the 2020 Detroit Auto Show to see the global model.