The Kia Optima 2021 Becomes All-Wheel Drive for the First Time

The Korean automaker has revealed all the information about the global version of the new sedan.

Kia has finally fully declassified the international version of the K5 sedan, known as the Optima. The fifth generation of the model received an evolutionary design, new turbocharged engines and became all-wheel drive for the first time in history.

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The new sedan has slightly increased in dimensions: plus 50 mm to the length, plus 25 mm to the width and plus 45 mm to the distance between the axles. However, the car is 20 mm lower in height. The new-generation Kia Optima looks like a fastback, although it is still considered a sedan. The new car is equipped with fully LED optics, a selection of wheel rims with a diameter of 16-19 inches, digital devices and numerous driver assistant technologies.

In the first stages, the Optima will be sold with Smartstream gasoline engines. Depending on the market, the model will be equipped with a 1.6-liter turbocharged engine with a power output of 180 hp, a 2-liter engine with a power output of 152 and160 hp or a 2.5-liter 194-hp GDi engine. There is also a 2.5-liter T-GDi turbocharged engine with a power output of 290 hp for the US market. The engines can come with a 6- and 8-speed automatic transmission. Later, the hybrid configurations will be added to the model line.

The basic configuration is equipped with 9 airbags, smart cruise control, Lane Following Assist, Surround View Monitor, Highway Driving Assist, and so on. The new car goes also with the company’s new Remote Smart Parking Assist, which enables drivers to move their car autonomously out of a front-and-back parking space remotely with their key fob.

Worldwide sales of the new Kia Optima will start in the first half of 2020. Prices will be announced closer to that time.

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