Kia Motors has revealed details of the 2016 Kia Optima that aims to bring a fresh alternative to the customers in the mid-size segment. The Optima has been the bestseller for the brand since three consecutive years and Kia is hoping to continue the momentum with the introduction of the all-new model.
The dimensions of the 2016 Optima has increased with it being longer by (0.4 inches) and wider (1.0 inch) than before and features an updated chassis setup for improved ride and handling. It will be made available with three engine choices, with a new 1.6-litre four cylinder turbocharged engine with a Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) added to the line-up. The sedan will be offered in five trim levels- LX, LX 1.6T, EX, SX and SXL, the new SXL trim will be exclusive to the U.S market.
The all-new Optima features a new look with the signature tiger-nose grille, revised bumpers and flared wheel arches. The side profile sports a raked A-Pillar and sweeping C-Pillar design to exude a sporty appearance. It will introduce Bi-Xenon HID headlamps with Dynamic Bending Lamps for the first time along with High Beam Assist. The rear sports LED halo-style tail lamps, a raised deck lid and revised bumpers.
The 2016 Optima will be offered with a choice of alloy wheels ranging from 16-inches to 18-inches, with three new 18-inch alloy wheel designs being added (depending on trim level). The sedan also adds three new exterior paint schemes – vibrant blue, dynamic grey, and deep red.
The cabin of the all-new Optima is larger and features incorporation of premium materials. The engineers have paid close attention to seat comfort, and built the seats on a stiffer frame to reduce vibration while featuring soft foam in the head rests and upper back areas. The seat offers enhanced thigh support through the use of supportive foam.
The ‘driver oriented’ cabin sports a unified design which is more simplified than the previous generation. The cabin includes the addition of metallic accents depending on trim levels while the dashboard and doors feature real stitching. Depending on the trim level the Optima can be specified with cloth or Nappa leather, and will be offered with two new interior colour schemes- rich merlot and dark aubergine.
The 2016 Optima will feature an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with the latest UVO2 connectivity which adds services like Speed Alert, Geo-fencing, Driving Score3 and Curfew Alert. The system will also feature voice calls, messaging, navigation and voice command through the integration of Apple CarPlay (late availability) and Android Auto.
It will sport a 6-speaker audio system as standard, while discerning customers can specify a Harman/Kardon audio system, with a 10-speaker setup. This audio system features a 630-watt digital amplifier with Clari-Fi music restoration technology and the next-generation QuantumLogic Surround Sound technology, for an immersive experience.
The driver assistance systems include Blind Spot Detection (BSD) with Lane Change Assist, Advanced Smart Cruise Control (ASCC), Rear Parking Assist System (RPAS), Front Collision Warning System (FCWS), Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) and Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS).
The 2016 Kia Optima will be powered by two engines that will be carried over from the previous model- a 2.4-liter GDI four-cylinder, with the LX and EX trims, and a 2.0-liter GDI turbo engine, with the SX and SXL trims. The 2.4-liter engine produces 185 hp at 6,000 rpm and 241 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm. The 2.0-liter turbocharged engine produces 245 hp at 6,000 rpm and 352 Nm of torque at 1,350 rpm. Both engines are mated to a 6-speed Sportmatic automatic transmission. The SX and SXL trims will be offered with paddle shifters.
Additionally, the 2016 Optima will add a 1.6-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine and will be offered on the LX trim. The engine produces 178 hp at 5,500 rpm and 264 Nm of torque at 1,500 rpm. The new engine will be mated to a seven-speed dual clutch transmission, which will be the first time a DCT will be offered by the brand.
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