Kia launched the fourth – gen sedan at the 2015 New York Auto Show and the company has the model to be proud of. With restyled interior, along with an evolutionary design inspired by the Sportspace Concept and with big news in the drivetrain department, the Optima looks almost perfect.
2016 Kia Optima Exterior design
Exterior wise, Kia slightly reshaped the famous „tiger nose“ grille to become both wider and narrower and the headlights have also been redesigned, so they are embedded in perfectly. The foglights are moved further toward the fenders, while the lower grille is wider on this new model. All of this changes contributed to more aggressive look of the front fascia.
Around back, the taillights are new, with LED technology and the trunk lid has sharper character lines. Down below, new Kia has a pair of massive exhaust pipes.
It’s obvious that most of these details found their inspiration in the Kia Sportspace Concept. The profile is very similar to its predecessor, but there are differences in the side skirt and rear quarter glass area. The last one is not included in the rear door anymore and that detail doesn’t make the Optima look stylish nor sportier.
Interior design of Kia Optima 2016
The interior of the new Optima is larger and more comfortable. The big news is that the cabin has more of a premium look with a range of luxury details. With more cabin space, the stitching on the dashboard and doors, and with metalic assects, the new Optima’s interior makes a nice and comfortable drive. The center stack has a cleaner design with less buttons and knobs.
Redesigning the interior, the company had two things on their minds, the comfort and a nice look with special attention to the details. The seats in lower trim levels are covered in cloth and in more expensive one with leather or Nappa leather.
Two new interior colors are Rich Merlot and Dark Aubergine. The driver and passenger seats are ventilated, heated and also, power – adjustable. The seat has the stiffer frame so the vibration is reduced. Also, the cabin is a lot quieter now, because the company uses the stiffer engine mounts, wheels and body panels, and all of these three changes have impact to reduce vibrations, engine and road noise.
Tech wise, interior is upgrateded with Kia’s UVO2 connectivity system and 8-inch color touchscreen, integrated with Android Lollipop and with iOS 8. As a standard there is a 6 – speaker audio system.
Kia Optima 2016 Engine
Under the hood there will be the naturally aspirated 2,4 – liter four – cylinder engine and the turbocharged 2,0 – liter four – banger of the third-generation sedan, along with the six – speed automatic transmission. The 2,4 – liter engine can deliver 185 hp and 178 pound – feet of torque and 2,0 – liter turbo can produce 247 hp and 260 pound – feet of torque.
Also, there will be 1,6 – liter, turbocharged four – cylinder engine and the unit is similar to the one in Kia Forte and Hyundai Veloster. This engine can deliver 178 hp and 195 pound – feet of torque and it mates with the brand’s first seven – speed, dual – clutch transmission.
2016 Kia Optima Price and release date
Although there are many changes on this model, it can be assumed that the price won’t be much increased. The price tag for current model starts at $21,690, so the pricing for the 2016 Kia Optima will probably start from $22,500.