Though a photo of it leaked last week, the 2016 Kia Optima is officially out from under the wraps now. Kia brought the fourth generation of its midsize sedan to the 2015 New York International Auto Show along with a lengthy press release.
The official statement begins with a nod to the model’s history:
“Five years ago Kia Motors America (KMA) debuted the re-designed Optima at the New York International Auto Show and introduced a game-changing midsize sedan that catalyzed the brand’s design-led transformation. History was repeated when the all-new 2016 Optima, a symbol of the Kia brand’s maturation through continuous refinement and obsessive attention to detail, made its debut here today. An instant hit with consumers looking for a fresh alternative to an otherwise staid segment, the Optima has been KMA’s top-selling vehicle for three consecutive years, and the all-new model is poised to continue that success.”
This new Optima is the latest work of Peter Schreyer, and it is already drawing many an admiring eye in New York. The grille retains its shape and meshes better with the headlights, but it’s the profile that really makes an impression on us. The Optima has always had some fine lines, and this time around they might just be perfect. The way the chrome band follows the roofline all the way to the trunk highlights the calculated curves.
Inside, occupants will enjoy stylish new leather seating with a diamond pattern, as well as an updated UVO infotainment system running on an eight-inch touchscreen. A six-speaker sound system comes standard, but a fourteen speaker system by Infinity is also available.
There are three engine choices for the new Optima, as follows:
– 2.4-liter four cylinder, naturally aspirated, 185 horsepower, 178 pound-feet of torque
– 1.6-liter four cylinder, turbocharged, 178 horsepower, 195 pound-feet of torque
– 2.0-liter four cylinder, turbocharged, 247 horsepower, 260 pound-feet of torque
Of these, the 1.6-liter engine is new and is paired with Kia’s first seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. The legacy engines are still paired with a six-speed transmission. Kia says that all engines have been retuned for greater fuel efficiency.
We’ll be excited to receive this car later in the year, though not nearly as excited as the moment we see you driving away in one. Call or visit us at Leith Autopark Kia near Raleigh, and we’ll be sure to keep you in the loop on when we get our first 2016 Optima.
Read the full press release and see more pictures here.