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.