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

k5 spy shots 300x224 Is This The Next Generation Kia Optima 2016MY? + Spy Shot  optima  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)

6 thoughts on “Is This The Next-Generation Kia Optima 2016MY? + Spy Shot

  1. Next generation Optima already? The current one is still ageless after 3.5 years. It has that look that is made to never age or age slow. Just about every D segment sedan that debuted after the Optima looks like it aged more rapidly than the Kia. Example: Altima, Malibu, Accord, 2014 Camry, 2015 upcoming Camry with the tackly C pillar (*yawns), 2015 Legacy.

    The only designs that challenges the Kia Optima is the Mazda 6, Fusion and the 2015 Sonata…..unless that’s the Kia GT.

  2. A conclusion that I reach is that Kia has become a “desing factory”, I mean, they keep creating/modificating their cars’ designs everyday! It´s not like lazy VW that simply copy and paste their meager design to their entire line-up. Kia’s cars have their own charisma, and they keep changing and changing!

    I don´t know if Kia is too “creative” or if it “kills” their designs too quick!

  3. No one won’t bring this up neither but ever since Kia has been wining design awards, other rivals have being copying Hyundai/Kia in some way shape or form.

    Example, Lexus and Infinti put a pinch in their grilles but have them turned sideways.

    The 2014 Chevy Impala Eco version copied Kia’s signature grille.

    Chrysler’s new logo copied Kia’s signature grille.

    So their’s Kia’s “signature logo” copied to other manufactuers (Toyota’s close to doing it too).

    Let’s finish shall we:
    When the 2008 Genesis debuted, people complained about it copying BMW and Lexus, yet the new Accord looks like the Genesis and didn’t get the same negativity.

    People say the 2007 Rav4′s side profile was influnced D pillars insipired a lot of other hatches and CUVs….ignoring the 2006 Kia Soul started it.

    No one bring up how the Chevy Adra concept design copied the Soul.

    No one will admit that Hyundai’s new signature greenhouse on new Genesis, Sonata, Azera made other manufacters do it all of a sudden such as: Avalon, Altima, Sentra, Infinti M, 2015 Chrsyler 200, Dodge Dart (ripped off the 2008 Elantra’s greenhouse).

    Also, Mitsubishi has been using Audi like tail lights for over a decade…but once Kia started doing it, now it’s on the new Avalon, Corolla, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Chrysler 200, Dodge Dart new Highlander.

    Also, speaking of the Highlander, the 2011 Highlander headlights were changed looking more like sorento’s.

    The Jeep Cherokee copied Sportage’s exterior especially the backend.

    The new Honda HR-V’s greenhouse ripped off the 2013 Hyundai Elantra’s greenhouse.

    The Mazda 6 and Lexus IS’s backends copied the 2011 Sonata’s.

    See how everyone is copying Hyundai and yet when the Koreans reveal a new car, truck or CUV, the haters want to reverse it when it’s everyone else is copying them.

    Ever since Peter came to Kia Audi designs have been copied from left to right example: Cars with Audi like faces: 2009 Tundra, Chevy Sonic, Dodge Dart and yet the Lancer has been using Audi grilles for over a decade but no one was interested then.

  4. Also add the Chevy Traverse with Audi like tail lights too. Ever since the unveiling of the 1st generation Forte and 2011 Optima…now audi like tail lights are popular.

    Mini Cooper and Land Rover has been blacking their A pillars since forever..but when the Soul debuted now all of a sudden you see the Suburu BRC and it’s 2 clones, Scion XB, Chevy Adra concept, Nissan Cube, Ford Explorer, Infinti JX and the upcoming Jeep Renegade.

    The Soul has also made box like vehicles more popular since Mini cooper who has been doing it for over a decade couldn’t do it: Ford Flex, Nissan Cube, Honda Pilot, Jeep Wrangler, Jeep Renegade, Chevy Adra. Everyone wants to copy the Red Dot design Kia Soul. But no one won’t bring that up.

  5. Last, the 2011 Kia Optima’s C pillars is a inspiration for the upcoming Camry. Notice how they tried to make changes more to the C pillar than the rest of the car. Also include the upcoming Nissan Murano too. Kia did it first but since Kia is Korean it won’t get it’s props. Besides Toyota didn’t do it right. It’s new C pillars looks disturbng to look at. Tacky is the word.

  6. Kia need to keep the essence of the current design for the next Optima and fix the taillights.

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