Kia has finally released its upcoming next-generation Optima. But in the meantime, the Korean automaker has released the first full images of the new sedan’s exterior design, and suffice it to say, it looks rather handsome. Revealed in its home market as the Kia K5, the new fifth-generation Optima heralds a new design direction for the marque.
Kia says that the new Optima is around 2 inches longer and 1 inch wider than its predecessor. Bigger than the model it replaces, the new Optima has been elongated by 50 millimeters (nearly two inches) to 4905 mm (193.1 inches) and widened by 25 mm (nearly one inch) to 1860 millimeters (73.2 inches), while the height has been lowered by 20 millimeters (0.8 inches) to 1445 millimeters (57 inches) to enhance the fastback silhouette. It should prove to be roomier on the inside as a result of a longer wheelbase now measuring 2850 millimeters (112.2 inches) or 45 mm (1.8 inches) more than before.
There will probably have the same powertrains as those in the new Hyundai Sonata, which means a choice of either a naturally aspirated 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine making 191 horsepower or a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder making 180 horsepower. Both will be coupled to an eight-speed automatic. Expect hybrid variants and possibly a more powerful turbo 2.0-liter engine coming down the road.
The new Kia K5 is set to reach dealers in South Korea already next month. We’ve yet to receive official confirmation on when we’ll see the new Optima for the North American market, but we won’t be surprised if it shows up at the 2019 LA Auto Show later this month.