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Big Changes Are Coming For The Kia Optima

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And you won't have to wait long to see them.

The current fourth-generation Kia Optima has been on the market since 2015 and an all-new model is currently in the works to match its corporate stablemate, the Hyundai Sonata. Like the new Sonata, Kia promises the next-generation Optima will feature a radical new look with a guaranteed wow factor. Kia has not confirmed when the new Optima will debut but The Korean Car Blog claims to have exclusive details that have been leaked about the car.

Kia is rumored to introduce a sporty Optima GT model, powered by the same 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine set to appear in the upcoming Hyundai Sonata N Line. Output has yet to be confirmed but is expected to be in the range of 275 horsepower. Unfortunately, Hyundai and Kia are said to be experiencing issues with the engine, which could delay its arrival.

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KCB previously reported the Sonata N Line is set to pair its new 2.5T engine with an all-new eight-speed (wet-clutch) dual-clutch transmission, which will replace Hyundai and Kia's current seven-speed unit. The Optima GT will use this same powertrain and all-wheel-drive is also being considered for both models, though the R&D team reportedly needs more time to iron out some of the issues with the drivetrain. Hyundai and Kia recently had an issue with engine fires which is currently under investigation, so they need to make sure this new powertrain is completely trouble-free.

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As of now, the 2.5T engine is not set to enter production until Q1 2020 at the earliest. The Optima will also be available with a smaller 1.6-liter turbo-four, likely producing the same 180 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque found in the Sonata. We expect Kia to reveal the 2020 Optima next month at the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show but the GT model and the Sonata N Line may not be announced until next year.

via Hyundai
via Hyundai
via Hyundai

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