Kia Optima Makes Online Debut Before Frankfurt, With "High-class" Cabin and New Tech

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After the photo leakage from last week, Kia decided to go official on the new Euro-spec Optima, so here we are, in front of a set of pictures and fresh info on the car.
The Europe-bound Kia Optima will make its debut later next month, at the Frankfurt Motor Show 2015, but until we get to see the car in the metal, we'd like to tell you more about the model.


We'll start with the engine compartment, where Kia promises to fit a variety of engines, with the highlights here being the 2.0-liter CVVL four-cylinder with 163 horsepower and 196 Nm (145 lb-ft) of torque as well as the revised 1.7-liter CRDi diesel with 141 horsepower and 340 Nm (251 lb-ft) of torque.

Also, a wider range of powertrains are currently under development by Kia, which will lead to the 2016 launch of a plug-in hybrid Kia Optima.

On the outside, the sedan sports a wheelbase that has been extended by 10 mm to 2,805 mm. As a result, the new Optima now measures 4,855 mm in length, while also being 25 mm wider, at 1,860 mm, and 10 mm taller, at 1,465 mm.

There's no point in discussing the exterior styling since the photo gallery speaks all by itself, but we must focus on what Kia had in store for the Optima regarding the interior.

The cabin

Here, the Koreans focused on finding a way to reduce noise, vibration and harshness. For that to happen, they used a larger under-floor cover and more efficient windshield seals, each of which helps to reduce wind noise by two percent while boosting aerodynamics and, ultimately, fuel efficiency.

Kia officials tell us Optima's cabin was imbued with soft-touch plastics, gloss black trim, leather trim in natural tones and metallic accents.

The overall setup was simplified for a more close-knit appearance while the dashboard is spread along a more horizontal plane and a wider central console, creating a greater sense of spaciousness.

As for the infotainment system, clients can opt for a new eight-inch tactile display, but the list of gizmos continues with a wireless smartphone charger and a 10-speaker Harman Kardon premium audio system.

“The all-new Optima retains the unique personality of its predecessor, and improvements to every aspect of the car will make it an even more compelling proposition to buyers – private and fleet – across Europe. It truly offers motorists something fresh, in a segment that’s typically among the most conservative,” said Michael Cole, Chief Operating Officer, Kia Motors Europe.

The 2016 Optima will go on sale this year, but Kia will also add a new body style, inspired by the Kia SPORTSPACE concept car shown at the 2015 Geneva International Motor Show.
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