Following the recent leak that showcased the Euro-spec Kia Optima in all its glory, the South Korean automaker has decided to officially unveil the model ahead of its worldwide public debut during the 2015 IAA Frankfurt Motor Show.
The previous leak left nothing to the imagination, with the images being the real deal. The 2016 Optima in European livery will be in showrooms sometimes later this year, with the model closely resembling its North American brethren and uses the “tiger-style” grille, sweptback headlights and front fender vents. The back is seasoned with the LED taillights and the vehicle will be available in 16 to 18 inch rims. The Optima is 4855 mm long, 1860 mm wide and 1465 mm tall, with an ample wheelbase of 2805 mm, offering a “roomier and more comfortable cabin, with more head-, shoulder- and rear-seat leg-room and greater cargo capacity.” Besides the added space, the fourth generation Optima comes with a wide array of new technologies and fuel efficient powertrains.
“When the current Kia Optima arrived on the global stage in 2010, it acted as the catalyst for the five-year, design-led transformation of Kia’s product range. Its combination of technology, design and refinement added greater depth to our model line-up and fundamentally changed the way that people saw the Kia brand,” commented Michael Cole, Chief Operating Officer, Kia Motors Europe.
The interior has metallic accents, soft touch plastics, gloss black trim, a simplified center console and an infotainment system with a 7- or 8-inch display. Options include wireless smartphone charging, a 10-speaker Harman Kardon premium audio system or two-tone color schemes for the cloth or leather trim.
Power comes courtesy of a wide choice of engines such as the 2.0-liter CVVL four-cylinder with 163 PS (120 kW) and 196 Nm (145 lb-ft) of torque and the updated 1.7-liter CRDi diesel with 141 PS (104 kW) and 340 Nm (251 lb-ft) of torque. Gearbox choices include a six-speed manual, a six-speed automatic or a new seven-speed double-clutch. The future will bring a plug-in hybrid version and the brand’s “first high performance sedan.”