Will you be happy if the new Kia Optima looks like this?
We've been eagerly anticipating the all-new Kia Optima ever since the automaker told us its striking design will make you say "wow." This suggested the sedan will be getting a bold new design just like its corporate sibling, the Hyundai Sonata.
With no teaser shots for reference, render artists initially depicted the new Optima with an evolutionary design update. Since then, Kia has released some teaser shots confirming that the new Optima will get a dramatic new design. Unsurprisingly, it hasn't taken long for the talented artists at Kolsea to update their previous render with the new design details that were shown in the teaser. This should give us an accurate idea of what the new Optima will look like when the covers come off.
As we saw in Kia's teaser photos, the new Optima has been depicted with distinctive, Z-shaped headlights that blend into the wider tiger-nose grille. While the profile and proportions are similar to the current Optima, more changes can be found at the back, where Kia has fitted a full-width LED stripe.
These changes make the Korean sedan look much more stylish and contemporary, and we can't wait to see the final design in all its glory. Kia has already given us a clear look inside the redesigned cabin, which features two large screens for the fully digital instrument cluster and infotainment system.
Under the hood, the new Kia Optima is expected to be offered with the Sonata's 1.6-liter turbo-four that produces 180 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque. A new Optima GT model will also reportedly join the lineup with the same 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine as the upcoming Hyundai Sonata N Line. Kia hasn't said when the new Optima will debut, but the teaser photos suggest a reveal isn't too far away. We wouldn't be surprised if the new Optima is shown at the LA Auto Show, which kicks off November 18.