Friday, August 28, 2015

Kia Optima 2016

The 2016 Kia Optima has been unveiled in its European-market guise, ahead of its public debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September. The all-new model will go on sale in Europe in the last quarter of 2015, and it’s said to play an important role in Kia’s line-up across the continent.

Michael Cole, Chief Operating Officer of Kia Motors Europe, commented: “When the current Kia Optima arrived on the global stage in 2010, it acted as the catalyst for the five-year, design-led transformation of Kia’s product range. It added greater depth to our model line-up and fundamentally changed the way that people saw the Kia brand.”

There’s no denying that it’s a looker, that’s for sure. Whether it’s an improvement over the outgoing model, however, is for you to decide.

Size wise, the new model is 10 mm longer (4,855 mm), 25 mm wider (1,860 mm) and 10 mm taller (1,465 mm), matched to a wheelbase that is now 10 mm longer too (2,805 mm). The changes are claimed to provide a roomier cabin (25 mm more legroom in the back), a bigger boot (510 litres), as well as a more swept-back design.

A new bodystyle, inspired by the Kia Sportspace concept from the Geneva Motorshow has been confirmed to reach production in the near future too.

Inside, Kia claims that the latest Optima features technology typically associated with the class above, and that the cabin has crafted with an “obsessive attention to detail,” representing the biggest step forward for the new model. The material quality is said to be a significant improvement over the old model, with a higher proportion of soft-touch plastics used.

Safety has been advanced too, through the more extensive use of ultra-high tensile steel (UHTS). It’s said that 50% of the body is now made of said material – a 150% increase over its predecessor. As a result, torsional rigidity is up by 50%, while the body shell is lighter by 8.6 kg. Equipment wise, airbag count is up to seven, with the addition of a driver’s knee airbag.

Optional extras (depending on markets) include Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB), Advanced Smart Cruise Control (SCC), Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS), High Beam Assist (HBA), Speed Limit Information Function (SLIF), Blind Spot Detection (BSD) and Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA).

Also optional is an electronically controlled suspension system with internal valves (ECS). This uses a G-force sensor to adapt the suspension for either a firmer, sportier ride or better comfort. Even in standard form, the Optima is said to have enhanced ride and handling characteristics over the old model. Kia even claims that it will be among the most agile vehicles in its class.

For European markets, the biggest seller is expected to be the upgraded 1.7 litre CRDi turbodiesel engine, which now has better output numbers (141 PS/340 Nm, up from 136 PS/325 Nm), low end response, efficiency and NVH. A 2.0 litre petrol option with 163 PS/196 Nm is also offered. The diesel can be matched to a seven-speed dual-clutch ‘box, while the petrol sticks to a six-speed automatic.

Interestingly, the official documents also mention a high-efficiency plug-in hybrid electric Optima and Kia Motors Europe’s “first high performance sedan” that will be launched in 2016.

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