We have details and photos of the new 2011 Kia Optima, soon to be offered in the U.S. as either a turbo or a hybrid. Find out more inside.

The all-new 2011 Kia Optima (aka Magentis in Europe and K5 in South Korea) was introduced to the public this week at the New York Auto Show.  Built on an all-new platform, the four-door will be sold in three different power levels.

In its base model form, the sedan will use a 2.4-liter GDI four-cylinder engine, but customers wanting more power can opt for a 2.0-liter turbocharged GDI.  Also seen on the new Hyundai Sonata 2.0T, the engine produces 274 horsepower (204 kW / 278 PS) and a healthy 269 ft-lb of torque.  Those who purchase the LX trim will be allowed to choose between the Sportmatic six-speed auto transmission and a six-speed manual.  All others get the Sportmatic gearbox.

A 2.4-liter engine will also be used for the Optima Hybrid, which will be introduced later in 2011.  This will be Kia's first-ever hybrid model for the U.S. market.

Measuring 190.7-inches long by 110-inches wide, the new Kia Optima is 1.7-inches longer than the previous version, and 2.9-inches wider.  It features a MacPherson strut front, multi-link rear suspension with front-mounted anti-roll bars.

The car's renewed exterior was designed by engineers in Frankfurt, Germany, and Irvine, California.  It was meant to have a more "dynamic and streamlined profile," to give the lower-cost brand's vehicle a more elegant look.  The deeper curve at the end of the roofline, and the items like wrap-around taillights, also gives the car a sporty appearance.

You can read more about the car's interior and exterior options in the press release below.

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