The new Kia Optima is due to be unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show on the 15th September and will come with a interior boasting ‘cutting edge’ technology. A contemporary, larger exterior is matched up with an equally up-to-date cabin. Whilst the new body isn’t a huge difference from the current generation, changes are more noticeable when stepping inside the new Optima. Improved, more premium materials cover the inside. There is an altered upper ‘display’ zone on the redesigned dash as well as a lower ‘control’ zone with the 8-inch touchscreen display being the centrepiece for the rethought design.
The obligatory wide range of safety features are also available on the new Kia – the basics being a 50% stronger body shell and the number of airbags increasing to seven. Market dependent, safety options include Advanced Smart Cruise Control (SCC) – which adjusts the speed according to the vehicle in front, Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) which detects potential collisions and helps stop the car, Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS), High Beam Assist (HBA), Speed Limit Information Function (SLIF), Blind Spot Detection (BSD) and Rear Cross Driving Alert (RCDA) which warns the driver of parked cars when reversing.
Kia also claim improved handling and ride comfort thanks to a stiffer, lighter chassis as well uprated suspension. Customers can also option in a new electronic suspension system which picks up information such as steering, g-force and road conditions to give the optimum experience – drivers can choose between either ‘normal’ or ‘sport’ modes.
Kia’s audio-visual navigation system has been implemented into the onboard system – accessed through the 7 or 8-inch touchscreen display. The TomTom navigation system includes traffic updates, speed camera alerts, local search and weather forecasts. This system is available for free for the first seven years to Optima buyers. The new system also features DAB radio which can be played through the optional 10 speaker system.
The upgraded 1.7-litre CRDi diesel engine is expected to be the most popular option in Europe when the Optima hits the show rooms later this year. The 139bhp output is fractionally better than before and customers can also expect greater low end torque, engine response and efficiency over the current outgoing models. Emissions have been reduced by 14% to 110 g/km with the manual transmission and Stop/Go technology. The 2.0-litre CVVL petrol engine as used in the current model is also available for the new generation and produces 160bhp. Kia are continuing to develop new powertrains for the Optima, including a high-efficiency plug-in hybrid model expected in 2016.
Exclusively available with the 1.7-litre diesel, Kia are also offering their new seven-speed DCT gearbox which was recently launched on the updated Kia cee’d.
The new Kia Optima will come will the company’s leading 7-year, 150,000 km warranty as standard.