The fourth generation of the famous sedan, the 2016 Kia Optima, will have its official debut sometime during next year. The new model will represent a carryover, though its changes will be well noticeable. The sedan will be updated in almost every aspect, and though the changes are not that drastic, we can’t say they aren’t making the difference. To start with, the 2016 Optima will have a new, refreshed appearance. The exterior design will be based on the current Optima’s look, but it will also be very modern and attractive. The changes will provide the sedan with a new glow while at the same time keeping its original signature. The interior will also be changed in a similar fashion. The new cabin will be reorganized, and it will now feature more up-to-date gadgets. In addition, the new model will carry over its long list of engines available, and though there will be no new unit offered, the old ones should get a mild tune up. All in all, even though the new model will not offer anything fresh, it will surely keep its reputation and audience.
Appearance & Style
As for the appearance, the 2016 Kia Optima will have a refreshed look. The new model will keep its current dimensions and shape, but it will bring new and more aggressive details. The new model will especially be redesigned in the front end. The 2016 Optima will still have its “tiger nose” grille, but it will now be bigger and more dominant. The grille will line with the new restyled headlights, forming a fluent and dynamic line. The bumper might get a mild reshaping, though this isn’t certain. As for the rear end, the new model will feature a pair of new, wicked taillights, while the rear bumper, exhaust pipes and trunk lid will remain the same. Bear in mind, though, that the final design of the 2016 Kia Optima isn’t finished yet, so there are still room for changes until its official debut. As for the interior, the new sedan will feature a restyled cabin. The new interior will be similar to the one in the third generation, but it will be reorganized to maximum its utility. Also, the new model will feature a large touch screen on the dash board which will enable the driver to control various gadgets with ease.
2016 Kia Optima Engine Lineup
The 2016 Kia Optima will carry over its current engine lineup. The new model will have the same engines, but it is expected that its power outputs are increased. Also, the new sedan will have improved handling, judging by some reports which claim that the manufacturer invested a lot of time and effort into this matter. As for the base engine, the 2016 Optima will use a 2.5-liter, while the other unit will be 2.0-liter turbocharged unit that currently delivers 274 horsepower and 269 lb-ft of torque. In addition, the new model will also feature a 2.4-liter direct-inject inline-four unit that delivers 192 horsepower and 181 lb-ft of torque. The 2016 Kia Optima will also offer a gas-hybrid plug-in too. All of the above information relies to the current powertrain, so we expect a slight increase in power. As for the transmission, the new model will offer a six-speed manual and six-speed automatic.
2016 Kia Optima Release & Pricing
The 2016 Kia Optima will be released sometime during 2015. The new sedan should stay in the pricing range of the current model, since the changes will not be drastic. This means that the entry level should cost around $21,500.