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2016 Kia Optima In White Color – LIVE Photos From Frankfurt
We promised a closer look at the new, white-painted Optima sedan, so let’s take a closer look at it, inside and out.
When the third-generation Optima was delivered in 2010, it offered D-segment consumers something a little more attractive and high quality than what was on offer at that time.
The success of the vehicle was astounding, and Kia are looking to build on that with the release of this all-new version.
All-new Optima boasts European styling
Both the exterior and interior designs are great, and the vehicle now features more space, improved powertrains, and a host of new technologies.
If you saw the new Optima that debuted at the New York Auto Show, you have essentially seen the European-spec model, as their styling is almost identical.
There are a few minor differences to mention, though such as the different bumpers in front and back, as well as the LED lighting in the rear.
2016 Optima dimensions
The dimensions of the new Optima are slightly different than the outgoing model.
It is 10mm longer, 10mm taller, and 25mm wider, as well as having a new wheelbase that is 10mm longer.
These subtle changes have helped make the cabin more spacious, delivering better head and legroom for all passengers.
There is also more cargo space available, with an extra 5 liters taking the capacity to 510 liters.
A more luxurious cabin has been delivered, with the focus squarely on the driver.
Kia actually believes that the biggest strides made with the new Optima can be found in the cabin.
There is a greater use of soft-touch materials, and the NVH levels have all been greatly improved.
The Optima body is now 50% stiffer thanks the use of ultra-high tensile steel in the construction.
That material helps make the vehicle 8.6 kg lighter, whilst also helping deliver an improved ride and handling experience to the driver. Suspension upgrades have also aided in those improvements.
Engine line-up features a 1,7L diesel engine
The engines available on the Euro-spec model include a 1.7-liter diesel and a 2.0-liter petrol.
The CRDi diesel engine is the same as the one used in the outgoing model, albeit with some upgrades to deliver better power and reduced emissions.
That unit now cranks out 141PS an 340Nm, whilst reducing emissions by an impressive 14%.
It also features the Idle Stop and Go system, and is mated to the new 7-speed DCT transmission.
The 2.0-liter 4-cylinder petrol engine is also a carryover, and delivers 163-horsepower.
Kia will have new powertrains available in the Optima next year, and those will include a high-performance unit and a plug-in hybrid.
Future Optima variants currently in the pipeline
The 2016 Optima will hit European showrooms before the end of this year, with an expanded line-up coming soon.
That will include a brand new “wagon” body style that is said to be inspired by the Sportspace concept seen in Geneva.
There will also be a GT version made available at a later date.