The Korean automaker is preparing to debut the new 2011 Kia Optima at the 2010 New York auto show. What makes this a highly anticipated debut is that Kia is debuting the Kia Optima Hybrid and the Kia Optima sport models. The Kia Optima LZ base models will come equipped with a new 200-hp 2.4-liter direct-injected four cylinder engine equipped with a six-speed automatic or optional six-speed manual.
In early 2011 the Optima's engine will shack up with an electric motor and form Kia's first hybrid. The Kia Optima sports model, named the SX, will be fitted with a new Theta II, 2.0-liter direct-injected and turbocharged four-cylinder that'll give 274 horsepower. The downside: Only comes with six-speed automatic. Kia says to expect the new Optima to be sportier and roomier than its predecessor.