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Euro-Specs Optima Shows Its Face, Frankfurt Motor Show Launch Confirmed
Kia announces the official launch of the Euro-market Optima sedan (to be put on display at the forth-coming 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show)!
The new Optima is bigger, and comes with an exterior that is evolutionary in design, while the interior of the vehicle has been given a more upmarket look!
To the naked eye, the Optima styling changes may look like a bigger facelift, but Kia insists that the exterior is a completely new design.
The body is bigger than ever before, with 10mm added to the height and wheelbase, and 25mm added to the width of the vehicle.
The profiles in the side and rear remain pretty similar, but the rear bumper and LED rear light designs have been tweaked a little.
High-strength steel has been used to improve the torsional rigidity of the bodyshell by 50%.
2016 Optima boasts higher grade materials inside
The changes are much more noticeable on the interior, particularly on the dashboard.
It features an upper display zone that includes the center touchscreen.
The lower zone is the control area, which is where you will find banks of buttons.
The 8-inch touchscreen is new, and comes with Kia’s connected services. Upmarket materials are used throughout the cabin.
The length of the car has increased by 10mm, but a redesign of the seats means that passengers now enjoy 25mm more legroom.
There is a slight improvement in head and shoulder room, and passengers in the rear now benefit from sun shades and a separate heater.
The 2016 Kia Optima comes with a host of active safety features that include blind spot detection, adaptive cruise control, and rear cross traffic alert.
Lane keep assist is available, and the autonomous emergency braking system has been upgraded to include short range city radar that spots low speed obstacles.
It also has longer range urban radar for speeds up to 50mph.
Enhanced engines, ride & handling
The chassis is not all-new, but Kia has still made changes that they say will improve ride and handling, thanks in large part to an upgraded suspension.
New electric steering has been added, and for the first time ever, adaptive dampers can be specified. Kia has also improved NVH levels, with wind and road noise both lessened.
The diesel unit has been greatly improved!
The power output has been increased by 5 for a total of 141horsepower, while the torque has been nudged up to 340Nm.
Kia claims that the CO2 emissions have been lowered by 14g/km to 110g/km.
The carmaker also revealed that a plug-in hybrid model will be available sometime in 2016.
Also interesting is a news leak which claims that a hotter Optima GT will be made available in Europe, and will come with a 2.0-liter gas turbo engine that is found in the US-spec Optima SX.
That unit cranks out 247-horsepower and 352Nm of torque.
Kia Optima European on-sales date
The Optima sedan will go on sale in Europe later this year, with the wagon version, which will be based on the Sportspace concept to follow.