KIA has officially unveiled and concurrently launched the 2018 K5 (Optima) facelift in Korea. The revisions include changes to design as well as the addition of new technologies. The KIA K5 facelift is expected to reach other global markets in coming months.
The 2019 Kia Optima features a new grille similar in design to the latest Kia Cadenza (Kia K7)’s “Intaglio” grille with vertically oriented slats. It also gets new headlamp detailing, a remodeled bumper, revised lower air intake and new fog lamps. At the back, the tail lamps get new LED detailing and a revised rear bumper with the reflector units place higher up.
Depending on the selected variant, you’ll either get LED units for the headlights and fog lamps, or projectors and bulb-type ones. Similarly, there are four wheel options that range from 16- to 18-inch sets, the largest available in a multi-spoke or sporty two-tone design.
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Inside, the dashboard remains nearly identical to the outgoing model. The one obvious change here is the introduction of a new steering wheel design. There is an increased usage of chrome in the cabin as per the official release.
Other features available include a Krell sound system, heated and ventilated seats, dual-zone climate control with Cluster Ionizer, rear sunshades and an electronic parking brake. The Optima is also available with a surround-view camera system and Highway Driving Assist including Adaptive Smart Cruise Control, Lane Keep Assist systems and ‘AI based server-type voice recognition technology’.
Engine options include three 4-cylinder petrol units – 2.0L CVVL (163 PS/196 Nm), 2.0L LPI (153 PS/196 Nm with a manual, 151 PS/194 Nm with an automatic) and 1.6L T-GDI (180 PS/265 Nm). There’s also a sole diesel option in the form of a 1.7 liter unit with 141 PS and 340 Nm of torque. Transmission options include a six-speed manual and automatic, as well as a seven-speed dual-clutch – for diesel and turbo models only.
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