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New Generation Optima Previewed In A Geneva-Bound Concept
Kia reveals first teaser image of their D-segment concept vehicle, which previews the all-new Optima sedan.
The weeks leading up to a car show are exciting enough for car lovers, but it gets all the more exciting when a major model that is going to be on display is teased.
That is what Kia is doing by releasing a teaser shot of a concept that looks a whole lot like the 2016 Optima sedan.
While this vehicle is being slated as a concept model, from what we can piece together from the shot, and information released by Kia, the vehicle actually looks like it is a production-ready model.
Closer inspection of the teaser shot reveals no sign of the sort of quirky elements that are often added to a concept car.
The design is clean, and the profile looks a whole lot like the current version of the Optima sedan.
Kia’s D-Segment Concept To Be Displayed In Geneva
The concept vehicle will officially go on display in Geneva on March 3., and it looks as though the 4th generation Optima is going to be very nice to look at.
From what we can see, this is a vehicle that could even be marketed as a sports sedan.
This concept represents the 11th model created in Frankfurt, and it delivers a clear indication of the future of the tiger nose grille.
The height of the car has been reduced to deliver a sportier style, while the connected headlights give the appearance of width. The badge now appears on the bonnet in similar style to the Audi TT coupe.
In an attempt to tackle the Mondeo and Passat head on, Kia will likely add a new powertrain into the mix.
That may well be the one that was showed off on the Optima T-Hybrid prototype last year.
That unit is a combined electric motor and 1.7-liter diesel that delivers more power as it also reduced fuel consumption. It also included a supercharger in place of the regular turbo.
All of this tech is not likely to land in the US, though, which means the engine options will likely be the 2.4-liter GDI 4-cylinder and the 1,6L and 2,0L turbo engines.