2019 Kia Optima

Thinking about how the Optima is the car that really kick-started the almost complete reinvention of the Kia brand name in 2011 with the launch of its 3rd generation, the unveiling of a refreshed version of the fourth-generation model at the New york city Auto Show has actually gone a little under the radar. It might be due to the fact that the headings were dominated by the all-new second-generation Kia K900 luxury sedan that was likewise revealed at the show, but the Optima is the one that’s going to put more on the South Korean automaker’s bottom line.

2019 Kia Optima | Exterior   Photo

Because getting its full redesign back in 2016, the Kia Optima has actually gotten absolutely nothing more than a couple of changes to its list of features and a losing weight of available trims. We believe we’ll see much of the exact same when the 2019 Optima debuts.

2019 Kia Optima Design

As a carryover, we anticipate no big changes in exterior look. What may change a bit are its available colors and some other options, like the wheels. Inside, we anticipate the exact same, as its straightforward and user-friendly interior will also likely remain untouched.

With all else remaining the exact same, anticipate basic features to remain largely the same. If this is undoubtedly the case, search for it to come with keyless ignition, Bluetooth connectivity, a rearview cam, 16-inch alloy wheels, a 7-inch touchscreen and support for both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

2019 Kia Optima | Rear   Wallpaper

2019 Kia Optima Engine

We also expect the under-hood bits to remain the very same. The current car comes standard with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder with 185 horsepower. Next up is an optional 1.6-liter turbocharged four-pot with 178 hp and 195 pound-feet of torque.

Topping out the range is a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder in the SX trim, which injects 245 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. The base engine couple with a six-speed automated, while the two turbocharged engines feature a seven-speed dual-clutch unit.

The 2018 Optima aced virtually every IIHS crash safety test and received a “Good” ranking in the headlight test. This resulted in it getting a Top Safety Pick classification. The only thing keeping it from a Top Safety Pick+ designation is its absence of a passenger-side small-overlap test. We expect this to also remain the exact same for 2019.

2019 Kia Optima | Rear HD Images

2019 Kia Optima Pricing & Release Date

We expect 2019 Optima production to begin in June 2018, and for its arrival to come shortly after. Without any changes coming, we expect pricing to remain approximately the same as the 2018 model, which varies from $23,495 to $31,495 (location charges included). The Optima’s competition will consist of the Honda Accord, Hyundai Sonata, and Chevrolet Malibu.

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