Following last week's teaser, Kia has published the first revealing image of their next generation Optima mid-size sedan.

[update] We managed to find an image with the KDM-spec Kia K5.

Following last week's teaser, Kia has published the first revealing image of their next generation Optima mid-size sedan.

Adopting an evolutionary design, Kia's new Optima shares many similarities with the SPORTSPACE concept and has retained the corporate tiger nose grille only now it is a little bit more flashy as seen on the larger K900. The front bumper gills are an interesting choice and adopt a similar chrome surround to create a more premium feel while the sculpted hood and stylish large alloys enhance the upscale look.

Kia says their fourth generation Optima will be available with "multiple engine choices" and will provide a more roomy interior cabin as well as "class-up premium features" along with an array of technologies the outgoing model doesn't have.

The sedan will likely be joined by a wagon version as seen in the aforementioned SPORTSPACE concept while the engine lineup will probably be sourced from the Hyundai Sonata. Chances are the US-spec model will get a 1.6-liter turbocharged gasoline engine, a 2.4-liter naturally aspirated motor and a beefier 2.0-liter turbo. The European Optima will likely get an uprated version of the 1.7-liter CRDi which could also find its way inside a diesel-electric Optima hybrid as previewed by a concept last year.

Kia will unveil the new Optima on April 1 at the New York Auto Show.

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