South Korean automaker Kia unveiled the all new Optima (also known as K5) sedan last month. While the car grabbed attention of media and enthusiasts alike due to its stunning design, it looks ever more dazzling in video than in pictures.
Considered as a sister model to Hyundai Sonata, the latest generation of which debuted earlier this year, the all new Optima is even more exciting giving an “intense first impression” as described by Kia.
The all new Optima measures a 4,905 mm in length and 1,860 mm in width, making it 50 m longer, 25 mm wider than the previous model. The enhanced 2,850 mm wheelbase is claimed to offer stable driving characteristics whereas the roofline has gone down by 20 mm at 1,445 mm for a low-slung profile.
The video gives an in-depth look into the new premium sedan. The 2020 Kia Optima/K5 comes with a new evolution styling philosophy of the signature Tiger-Nose grille. The wider stance is clearly visible and the 3D design elements blend into the sharply shaped front grille and headlamps. Kia says the textures on the grille are inspired by the skin of shark.
The side profile shows more prominent creases running along the length of the sedan and the chrome strip moves along the top of the window line until the rear. Other notable exterior elements include frameless windows, horizontal LED tail lamps covering the entire width, fastback styled roofline, rear wing on the boot-lid and upscale chrome trims.
The interior have several commonalities with new Sonata such as the layered dashboard, horizontally oriented touchscreen, flat-bottom steering wheel and so on.
The 2020 Kia Optima will be powered by 1.6-liter turbocharged petrol developing 179 hp and 2.5-liter naturally-aspirated petrol engines producing 190 hp, with both mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. Following the entry into South Korea this month, the 2020 Kia Optima/ K5 will be gradually introduced in international markets next year
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