2016 Kia Optima Sedan Redesign, Release Date and Review

One of Kia’s best-selling car will get important updates, the 2016 Kia Optima Sedan is being prepared to receive some cosmetic changes and more powerful engine updates. Recent reports show Optima test mule was undergoing some tests while covered under heavy camouflage.

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Exterior

The 2016 Optima will definitely see important visual updates, but we expect Kia not to stray too far from the current design. While the third-gen model was a huge improvement over its predecessor, the fourth-gen sedan is likely to retain most of the styling cues we’re already familiar with. The vehicle seems to be similar in overall shape and size, and a closer look at the front end reveals there’s revised “tiger nose” grille underneath the black camo. The headlamps also appear to carry a similar configuration, but more changes are likely to have occurred in the bumper and hood area.

Things are even more mysterious around back, where every inch of metal and plastic are well obscured. The only details we can make out is that the lower apron and the exhaust tips seem to have remained unchanged. On the other hand, there’s no guarantee Kia has finished redesigning the car. For all we know, we could be looking at a prototype that still carries body parts from the third-generation Optima.

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Interior

Inside the vehicle, we see small changes that could make a big difference. Air vents that once book-ended the infotainment screen are now placed below in a horizontal line. A redesigned shift lever, revised cup holder placement, and an entirely new dashboard elicit a cleaner look overall.

Powertrain

The new Optima will share its platform architecture and engine range with the latest Hyundai Sonata, so expect a slightly bigger dimensions and a choice of 1.6-liter turbo, 2.4-liter and 2.0-liter turbocharged engines in North America. The engine will be mated to either six-speed manual transmission or six-speed automatic transmission.

A recent report from Korea suggests the R&D vice chairman at Hyundai Motor Group, Yang Woong-Chul, stated that plug-in hybrid versions of the Sonata and Kia Optima will be launched next year onto the global market. This is likely to be based on the technology developed for the normal Optima Hybrid, but with a larger battery pack added and a more powerful electric motor with around 100 horsepower that can power the vehicle independently.

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Release Date and Price

The updated 2016 Kia Optima Sedan will be revealed sometime in 2015. Pricing is estimated to start from $21,500 for base model. That’s all we know for now, more information should be available as the development advancing.

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