The 2016 Kia Optima will make its European debut at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. The fourth generation of the sedan is stated to go on sale in Europe in Q4 of 2015. Kia states that the new 2016 Optima will play a crucial role in its plans of introducing the brand to a wider section of buyers.
The 2016 Kia Optima made its world debut at the 2015 New York International Auto Show, with a modern exterior design, spacious interiors and new technologies along with a choice of efficient powertrains. The new model has been designed to offer improved refinement and ride and handling characteristics when compared to the previous model.
The all-new Optima sports a new look with larger dimensions, the wheelbase has been increased by 10 mm to 2,805 mm, with the full vehicle length extended by 10 mm to 4,855 mm. The car is also 25 mm wider and 10 mm taller. The increase in dimensions has allowed the designers to create a swept-back design along with increased in cabin space.
The car sports the signature ‘tiger-nose’ grille along with wrap-around headlamps and beefier wheel arches. The bumper has been revised integrating bold lines in the fog lamp area, designed to add volume in the lower part of the car. The side profile of the car has been designed to exude a sporty appearance with a raked A-pillar along with a sloping roof design. It also gets a pronounced shoulder line extending from the front to the rear and sculpted body panels. The rear features LED ‘halo-style’ tail lamps along with spoiler-shaped boot lid and air diffusers in the bumper.
The interiors have been designed to exude an upmarket feel with the incorporation of higher quality materials. The dashboard has been redesigned with it being divided into the upper ‘display’ zone and the lower ‘control’ zone. The dashboard has been angled towards the driver at 8.5 degrees with the display zone featuring an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system, while the control zone will feature fewer buttons than the outgoing model. The centre console will sport a gloss black finish while a chrome strip runs across the length of the dashboard. It will be available with a choice of single-tone or dual-tone interior colour options.
The new Optima will feature Kia’s Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) as part of standard equipment along with Electronic Stability Control (ESC). Other optional safety features include Autonomous Energy Braking (AEB), Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS), Smart Cruise Control (SCC), High Beam Assist (HBA), Blind Spot Detection (BSD), Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) and Speed Limit Information Function (SLIF).
The 2016 Kia Optima will be offered with a choice of two engine options- a 2.0-litre four cylinder CVVL petrol engine producing 120kW (160 hp) of power and 196 Nm of torque and a revised 1.7-litre four cylinder CRDi diesel engine producing 104kW (139 hp) of power and 340 Nm of torque. Transmission options include a six-speed manual, six-speed automatic or a seven-speed DCT dual clutch automatic. Kia will also be working on a wider range of powertrains for the Optima, with a high-efficiency plug-in hybrid electric and a high performance engine, for the company’s first high-performance vehicle in Europe, in the future.
The styling has been optimised to be aerodynamic, with the car rated with a co-efficient of drag rating of 0.29, which is lower than the previous car by 0.3. The new Optima will be offered in Europe with 9 exterior paint scheme options and alloy wheel designs ranging from 16-inches to 18-inches. Kia also stated that the range could be expanded with an estate version in the future, inspired by the Kia SportSpace concept shown at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show.