This car was a big surprise and it has undergone the road from an anonymous car that was in the shadow of Toyota Camry and Hyundai Accord to one of the best valued car in the four door class sedan segment. Maybe the biggest credits for that go to redesign made in 2011 after which Optima became a great car that conquered the market. Now, Kia will try to benefit additionally from that good voice and reach even more buyers with new 2016 Kia Optima which was seen for the first time at New York Motor Show. A lot of improvements have been made to this car in order to be even better and they include more rigid framework, length increase and weight reduction. That along with better drive handling characteristic and more focus on the cabin should be enough for this car to make success on the market.
2016 Kia Optima Engine
2016 Optima will be available in five trim levels – LX, LX Turbo, SX Turbo, EX and SXL. All of them are made with one of the three different powertrain options available for 2016 Optima. Those three powertrain options are 1.6 liter four cylinder turbocharged engine and two engines that were carried over from the previous generation; a 2.4 liter four cylinder and 2.0 liter turbocharged engines.
2016 Kia Optima specs
Optima LX is supposed to have 1.6 liter turbo available and this engine will be able to produce 178 horsepower and 195 lb. –ft. of torque. It will be matched to seven speed dual clutch transmission that will allow this car to work like an automatic. Second engine is 2.4 liter one that will be available with LX and EX models and it is expected to produce 185 horsepower and 178 lb. –ft. of torque. Third one is 2.0 liter turbo engine that can produce 247 horsepower and 260 lb. –ft. of torque.
2016 Kia Optima Design
As already mentioned 2016 Optima will be a bit longer, lighter and with better handling. On the inside this car will be more comfortable and cozier than before because they did a lot on seat comfort. There is also more shoulder and head room as well as back seat leg room. One new thing is adjustable front seats and seats will be covered with cloth, leather or Nappa leather depending on the trim you pick. And the last thing is that there is now more space due to the length increase.
2016 Kia Optima Release date and Price
This car should hit the market sometime this year while the price is not determined but we anticipate it will be similar to one of the current model and that it will be in range from $22.000 to $28.000.