2016 Kia Optima Release Date, Redesign, Hybrid, Price – The South Korean based company has consistently manufactured the model since 2000 as a mid-size sedan with four doors. Ten years ago the Optima hit the global market while the third generation model of this sedan was introduced five years ago and two years later received a refresh in terms of styling and engine upgrades.
The anticipated new 2016 Kia Optima is the fourth generation model in the Kia Optima line up. It will receive some modifications which will make it better in an array of areas. This year’s version of the model is taller, longer and wider than ever before.
The subsequent review is geared towards keeping you updated on every detail that pertains the new 2016 Kia Optima.
2016 Kia Optima exterior
The South Korean manufacturer says that the new 2016 Kia Optima design is inspired by modern architecture. The headlights are swept back and reach towards the fenders. The grille on either the Optima SXL or Optima SX is hot stamped and composed into a pinpoint design.
The design is resonant of the Kia K900 luxury coupe. This will be an improvement since the grille on the current generation model was considered to be of low quality. The headlamps are bi-functional while the wheels will be made from an alloy of metals and will come as both 16” and 18”.
The new sedan as evidenced by our spy pictures will also feature a palette of colours like in the previous version only that this time round it will have three more paint shades.
2016 Kia Optima interior
The new 2016 Kia Optima has undergone quite some changes in the new sedan. The wheelbase has been increased by half an inch, this will result in more space inside the cabin. Passengers will have adequate shoulder, headroom, trunk space and rear seat leg room.
The cabin will be made available in high quality upholstery escorted by stitching along the dash. The doors on the other hand will be adorned with metallic accents. The cabin has been simplified with a unified and clean design.
Ergonomics will greatly favour the driver as there are less buttons and functional keys. The UVO system will come with 4 standard services such as Geo-Fencing, Curfew Alert, Speed Alert and Driving Score.
Other high tech features include Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, an audio system with 14 speakers, an upgraded 630 watt digital amplifier and Clari-Fi technology.
Safety and security features in the new Kia will include a rear view camera with 360 degreed monitor, Blind Spot Detection, Advanced Smart Cruise Control, Autonomous Emergency Braking and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.
2016 Kia Optima engine
The new 2016 Kia Optima concept is available in five different trim versions which will include LX, EX, LX Turbo, SX Turbo and SXL. Under the hood of the sedan, buyers should expect three engine choices and a hybrid to be offered.
The base engine will be a 1.6L turbocharged 4 cylinder engine for the Optima LX version which will be able to make around 178 horsepower and 195 pounds of torque. It will be paired to a 7 speed dual clutch transmission unit which will act like an automatic one.
According to the auto maker, the seven-speed DCT is able to provide a sporty feel without sacrificing the fuel efficiency.
The second option will be a 2.4L GDI engine that will be present in the EX and LX Turbo models and will be able to generate 185 horsepower and 178 pounds of torque.
The last engine option will be a 2L turbo engine that will be able to generate 247 horsepower and 260 pounds of torque. All these engines will be paired to a six-speed auto transmission unit while the SXL and SX trims will receive paddle shifters.
The above engine will be combined with an electric motor to form a hybrid powertrain which will now generate a combined output of 166 horsepower and 154 pounds of torque.
2016 Kia Optima price and release date
The pricing details for the 2016 Kia Optima model versions has not been released as yet, nonetheless, we expect it very soon. The Kia model release date has been set towards the close of this year (2015).
Buyers should expect the Optima to have a base msrp of around 22,000 USD to 28,000 USD. Moreover, similar to its predecessor the new 2016 Kia Optima will also be manufactured from the Georgian based plant in West Point.