Kia Optima in Euro livery “leaks” ahead of schedule image

We’re already used to the marketing tactics employed by the global automakers, so there’s no surprise that we see on the web the first official images of the Euro-spec 2016 Kia Optima a little ahead of the “official” schedule.

The pictures – leaked by accident or not – show us that South Korea’s Kia has taken the time to deliver an European version of the 2016 Optima a little different from the US model – which has been premiered back in April at the New York Auto Show. The Old Continent dweller has modified front and rear bumpers and some slightly altered graphics for the lighting clusters. Reported by the, the Euro-made Optima will have under the hood a 1.7-liter CRDi turbodiesel engine munching 141 PS (104 kW) and 340 Nm (251 lb-ft) of torque that would be delivered to the front axle via the standard six-speed manual or optional seven-speed dual clutch auto gearbox. We also know of a rumored performance enhanced Optima GT that would climb the ranks thanks to its 2.0-liter turbo gasoline engine, probably taken from the US version Optima SX where it delivers 247 bhp (184 kW) and 260 lb-ft (352 Nm) of torque.

We believe that seeing the Euro-spec Optima in actual official images from the manufacturer is a matter of days and the public introduction of the model will surely occur on the floor of the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show taking place mid-September. Then, sales could commence very fast, before the year’s end.