- The new 2021 Kia Optima has been revealed in full, thanks to new images of the identical Korea-market K5.
- It looks amazingly stylish for a mainstream mid-size sedan, like its corporate cousin the 2020 Hyundai Sonata.
- The new Optima will likely go on sale next year in the U.S. as a 2021 model.
Kia is constantly raising the bar in terms of its vehicles' striking designs, and the new Optima is no exception. Photos of the Korea-market K5, which is identical to the U.S.-market Optima, show a full view of the redesigned mid-size sedan's sleek new look, and we're intrigued to find out more.
Like we saw in earlier teaser photos that hinted at a rakish silhouette, the new Optima has a distinctly fastback-like profile, as has been the trend among both luxury and nonluxury sedans lately. A chrome strip runs along the window line and becomes more prominent at the C-pillar, sloping gently toward the trunklid. An interesting LED headlight surround and textured grille provide plenty of interest at the front, and a full-width taillight treatment should make the Optima's rear end very recognizable at night.
Kia says that the new Optima is around 2 inches longer and 1 inch wider than its predecessor. The wheelbase measures 112.2 inches, and the height drops by 0.8 inch, explaining its more athletic proportions.
No specifics are available yet about the car's powertrain, and the styling may change somewhat for the U.S.-spec car when we see our version sometime next year. But we do suspect that the Optima will share many components with the also stylish 2020 Hyundai Sonata, which offers either a naturally aspirated 2.5-liter inline-four or a turbocharged 1.6-liter inline-four. Kia has also yet to release any photos of the Optima's interior, which will be considerably more upscale if an earlier interior sketch is to be believed.
Look for Kia Korea to release more information about the K5 in the next few weeks before it goes on sale in that market in December. U.S. details should come sometime early next year ahead of the Optima's launch as a 2021 model.
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