The KIA Optima is one of the most attractively designed vehicle models ever made by the South Korean automaker, KIA. Although it has not been in the market for too long, the Korean company is already prepping the second generation version of the aforementioned vehicle model. It is said that the next generation KIA Optima will bring with it sharper design when it makes its debut somewhere in the first quarter of the year 2015 itself.
As reported by the TheKoreanCarBlog, the new KIA Optima will show off the new design language that the South Korean company will be applying onto its sedan lineups in the future. It is also said that even the upcoming Cadenza will be designed according to this new design language when the model finally makes its debut in the year 2016. The design team at KIA has also confirmed that the upcoming Optima model will no longer come with a design that may remind customers of either the Sedona or the Sorento. Yet, whereas the company’s ‘tiger nose’ front grille design will remain kicking, KIA will be equipping its upcoming Optima with new pair of headlamps for the front fascia as well as new pair of taillights for the rear fascia.
It seems that there will be two engine versions available for the next generation Optima, both with different exterior designs from each other. For the petrol version, it will feature sporty and aggressively looking air intakes on its front bumper. Meanwhile, for the hybrid version, it will sport a closed front grille that will only open whenever the engine requires some cooling down. Customers, however, can also expect new color options and alloy wheels to become available.
As for the interior, the vehicle will offer a new infotainment system, complete with an 8-inch screen, a 3-spoke steering wheel and also a lot of chrome accents. The dashboard will reportedly be covered in the leather material as well.
The 2016 KIA Optima will reportedly make its global debut during the upcoming New York Auto Show event which will be held in April 2016.