Kia promised the new Optima will make you say "wow."
The all-new Hyundai Sonata was unveiled earlier this year with a bold new look. Its sleek styling is inspired by the Le Fil Rouge concept, and the result is one of the most stunning sedans on the market. Now, the Sonata's corporate sibling is getting a revamp, as Kia is preparing an all-new Optima.
It's safe to say our expectations are high after Kia told us the new Optima's design will make you say "wow." Kia has finally released the first teaser photos of the all-new Optima, and it looks like it will exceed our expectations just like the new Sonata did. Technically, Kia is teasing the K5 sedan, which is Korea's equivalent of the Optima, but it should look the same as the new Optima that will launch in America.
To say that the new Optima looks drastically different to its predecessor is an understatement. Speculative renders envisioned the new Optima with an evolutionary design, but we're pleased to say this isn't the case. Shown in shadowy teaser photos, the revamped sedan features a sloping roof, giving it a sleek, fastback-style profile.
At the front, there's a wider "Tiger nose" grille that will be applied to the automaker's next-generation cars, and distinctive Z-shaped headlights that seamlessly blend into the front grille. Kia says the design of the headlights and taillights resemble the shape of a heartbeat. At the back, there's a subtle trunk lid spoiler and full-width taillights.
We also get a look at the redesigned interior, which incorporates two large screens for the fully digital instrument cluster and infotainment system. Technical details are still being kept under wraps, but a recent report by The Korean Car Blog claims Kia will introduce a new Optima GT model powered by the same 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine as the upcoming Hyundai Sonata N Line.
It will also reportedly be offered with the Sonata's 1.6-liter turbo-four that produces 180 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque. Kia hasn't said when the new Optima will be unveiled, but there's a good chance it will debut at the 2019 LA Auto Show in November.