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Is This The Next-Generation Kia Optima 2016MY? + Spy Shot
There is a serious rumor that the spy picture shown here is of the next-generation 2016 Kia Optima, which was snapped during emissions testing in Korea.
It certainly appears to be a 4-door mid-size sedan, and one which fits the bill of the new Optima (known also as K5 in Korea) which is due on the market sometime later in 2015 as a 2016 model year.
Up until this point, no prototypes have been seen anywhere in the world.
What is known about the new model is that it will likely share the same platform as the Hyundai Sonata midsize sedan.
Kia K5 / Optima Spy Photo
The car will be completely redesigned on the inside and out, and will come with a choice of three different engines: 2.4L GDI, 2.0L turbo, and an all-new 1.6L turbocharged unit mated to a brand-new seven-speed dual clutch transmission.
The European market should also get a diesel offering that will meet the strict EURO-6 emissions standards.
There is also a new hybrid version of the Optima in the works that will feature improved powertrain technology in an attempt to boost fuel efficiency.
In the rumor department, there is also talk of an Optima plug-in hybrid, but that has not been confirmed.
Let us hear your thoughts on the published spy picture here. Could this really be the next-gen Kia Optima / K5 sedan? (picture source: Hankyung)