It shouldn’t come as a surprise after Kia presented it’s beautiful Sportspace wagon concept at the Geneva auto show, that that might just be a preview for the brand’s next-generation 2016 Kia Optima sedan.
Despite showing us some future concept that is only for show and tell, the guys from Kia decided to go straight down to business and make the wagon a reality.
Everybody that was expecting the concept to turn out to be the new 2016 Kia Optima were absolutely right. The newly released sketches of the new Optima show the incredible resemblance and it is more or less a twin to the Sportspace wagon concept, of course minus the wagon part.
A Brand New Optima
2010 was the year when Kia decided to take a more serious approach to the essence of their design at the New York Auto Show unveiling its handsome, third-generation Optima in the form of a sedan. A lot of people loved the vehicle and it quickly became the brand’s bestseller in separate places around the world, a title it managed to held off for the past three years.
Now, a mere five years later, Kia is coming back to the New York Auto Show with a brand-new Optima. This is actually were the Sports Space concept kicks in.
It gave as an early look of the new 2016 Kia Optima at the recent Geneva Motor Show. The station wagon not only previewed the car’s exquisite styling but also hinted a more practical long-roof variant.
What we are left with are two teaser sketches that show the actual production Optima that’s due in showrooms later this year, of course as a 2016 model.
From the sketches Kia reveals the latest take on the signature ‘tiger-nose’ grille, and you can also see a sporty bumper design, an increased number of streamlined fender vents and a ultra-thin c-pillar that makes an almost floating roof-like design. The overall look is very impressive and we expect to see even more sales boost the Korean brand.
A Little Help From Sister Brand Hyundai
We still don’t have any specs to toy around but what we know is that the car will be more than certainly linked with the Sonata from the sister brand Hyundai.
This means that we are likely to see the new Optima to pack most of the upgrades that are offered with the latest version of the Sonata. Including the hybrid technology with the new plug-in hybrid powertrains that’s based on a 2.0-liter four cylinder motor.
Of course we guess that you can still get the regular models that should stick with the current Optima’s 2.4-liter engine as well as a turbocharged 2.0-liter version.
It’s also expected the car to have a six-speed automatic transmission.
Reports reveal that Kia is also working on a diesel-electric hybrid powertrain for the new Optima, the only catch is that it’s expected to be sold only in Europe.