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New Generation Kia Optima Image Renderings Released
Kia releases official image renderings of the next-generation 2016 Kia Optima sedan!
Until 2010, Kia had never really been noted for the design of their vehicles, but that all changed with the unveiling of the Optima 4-dor sedan at the New York Auto Show.
That design helped the vehicle become a top seller for Kia, and now, 5 years later, they are ready to unveil an all-new version of the Optima.
The recent Geneva Motor Show gave us a glimpse of what to expect from the new generation Optima sedan in the form of the Sportspace concept.
This model showed off the new styling, whilst also hinting at a long-roof variant (read: wagon model).
A pair of teaser sketches have now been released that show what the production model of the 2016 Optima will actually look like.
The latest version of the Kia tiger nose grille is there, as is a sporty bumper, a super-thin C-pillar, and fender vents that have been streamlined quite a bit.
The new look is certainly visually appealing, and should help the new Optima deliver even more sales success for Kia.
There have been no specs released yet, but what is known is that the new model will pick up a lot of the elements of the Sonata sedan, offered by sister company Hyundai.
That means that the Optima would get a number of upgrades, including hybrid and new plug-in hybrid powertrains based around a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine.
The regular models will also still be available, and will likely feature the same 2.4L engine, as well as a 2.0L and 1,6L turbo units.
All the cars on the range are expected to come with a 6-speed automatic transmission.
There is also talk that Kia are hard at work on a diesel-electric hybrid powertrain, although that will only be made available in Europe.
2016 Optima Teaser Images
Stay tuned! More news on the 2016 Optima sedan will be published shortly!