Kia has officially unveiled the Euro-spec Optima ahead of its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

Kia has officially unveiled the Euro-spec Optima ahead of its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

Set to go on sale later this year, the 2016 Optima closely echoes the North American variant and features a ‘tiger-nose’ grille, sweptback headlights and front fender vents.  The model also has LED taillights and 16- to 18-inch inch alloy wheels.

Overall, the model measures 4855mm long, 1860mm wide and 1465mm tall with a wheelbase that spans 2805mm.  Kia says the car's increased size results in a "roomier and more comfortable cabin, with more head-, shoulder- and rear-seat leg-room and greater cargo capacity."

Speaking of the interior it features soft-touch plastics, gloss black trim and metallic accents.  Other highlights include additional sound proofing material, a simplified center stack and an infotainment system with a 7- or 8-inch display.  The model also gains several new options including a wireless smartphone charger and a 10-speaker Harman Kardon premium audio system.

Under the hood, a variety of different engines will be available including a 2.0-liter CVVL four-cylinder with 163 PS (120 kW) and 196 Nm (145 lb-ft) of torque as well as an upgraded 1.7-liter CRDi diesel with 141 PS (104 kW) and 340 Nm (251 lb-ft) of torque. Depending on which engine is selected, it can be paired to either a six-speed manual, a six-speed automatic or a new seven-speed double-clutch transmission.

In the future, Kia will introduce a plug-in hybrid variant and the company's "first high performance sedan."

Check out the press release for additional information

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