Prototypes for the new 2016 Kia Optima has been caught for the first time. The international development effort was caught in two separate locations: in the California desert as well as on the famous Nurburgring in Germany.

Prototypes for the new 2016 Kia Optima has been caught for the first time. The international development effort was caught in two separate locations: in the California desert as well as on the famous Nurburgring in Germany.

A major redesign is on the way with a completely reworked platform and a new skin to match.

While the prototypes had thick black clad camoflage covering the significant design changes in Germany, we were able to see a little more in the United States. The front end is getting brand-new headlights, a new mesh grille as well as a redesigned bumper.

The profile shows longer and sleeker side windows that extend further behind the rear passengers all the way to the C-pillars. The rear is also expected to get a redesign but we will have to leave that to the imagination due to the high level of cover on current prototypes.

The revealing photos of the cabin also tell us a new dashboard is on the way featuring what appears to be a touchscreen infotainment system.

Powertrain details are scarce at the moment but we should expect a range of petrol, diesel and hybrid engine units joined with manual or optional automatic transmission systems.

Expect to see the 2016 Kia Optima for the first time in production format sometime during 2015.

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