Kia has introduced a range of design enhancements and a new engine for the new Kia Optima. Sold as a Saloon or Sportswagon, the car made its debut at the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show and is now on sale in the UK.
The new Optima Saloon and Optima Sportswagon benefits from Kia’s all-new ‘U3’ 1.6-litre CRDi (Common-Rail Direct injection) diesel engine. As well as refreshed exterior and interior design, the new Optima features Kia’s latest active safety and in-car connectivity technologies.
Kia’s designers have made a series of modifications to the Optima’s exterior design. These include a revised front bumper design, as well as new LED tail-lamps and a revised design for the head- and fog lamps. Saloon versions also have a re-profiled rear bumper.
The ‘tiger-nose’ grille features a new bright chrome finish to create a more sophisticated, purposeful appearance. A new paint colour, ‘Runway Red’, is available, as well as new designs for the Optima’s 17- and 18-inch aluminium alloy wheels.
The Optima Saloon and Optima Sportswagon are available with Kia’s latest Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), creating an intelligently safe vehicle with active safety technologies to avoid or mitigate the effects of collisions.
The Optima’s Driver Attention Warning (DAW) system combats distracted or drowsy driving by monitoring a number of inputs from the vehicle and driver. It sounds a warning chime and displays a graphic in the instrument binnacle if it senses a lapse in concentration from the driver.
Other safety features available on the Optima Saloon and Optima Sportswagon include: Forward Collision-avoidance Assist (FCA) with pedestrian recognition, Lane Keeping Assist (LKA); High Beam Assist (HBA), and full LED headlamps.
The new Optima is available with Kia’s latest 7.0- or 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system, with satellite navigation and Kia Connected Services powered by TomTom. The system offers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to enable full smartphone integration.
The infotainment system is linked to the new higher-resolution 360o Around View Monitor camera system. The system uses cameras at the front, rear and sides of the vehicle to provide the driver with a 360-degree view of their surroundings, making it easier to complete low-speed parking manoeuvres.
The ‘U3’ 1.6-litre CRDi, designed to be complaint with the stricter limits laid down by the Euro 6d Temp emissions standard, replaces the earlier 1.7-litre CRDi engine. The engine employs Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) active emissions control technology, reducing particulate matter and NOx emissions. The powertrain produces 134bhp and 320Nm of torque across a 2,000-2,250rpm engine range.