Updated Kia Optima Range Revealed


Revised Kia Optima range gets new engines, new styling and for the first time ever, an Optima wagon variant 

The very excellent Kia Optima range has come in for a mid-life facelift, with Kia adding drivetrains, technology and a very stylish Optima wagon.

The new engines are an all-new 1.6 litre turbo diesel that produces 100kW and 320Nm from between 320 Nm of torque across a 2,000-2,250 rpm. Hyundai Group’s tried and tested 132kW 1.6 litre turbo petrol is another new addition and as per other models it’ll be mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch auto.

The 180kW 2.0 litre turbo in the Optima GT remains.

Drivers will also have access to the same Drive Mode selector which is found in other Kia models such as the Stinger that allow them to choose between Eco, Comfort, Sport and Smart modes, all of which alter the car’s characteristics accordingly.

New tech includes a 360 degree camera system on the Optima GT and Optima models are fitted with a Driver Attention Warning (DAW) system which is designed to combat driver fatigue, forward collision warning with pedestrian recognition, lane keep assist, high beam assist and swivelling LED headlights.

Inside, there’s a new steering wheel, better quality materials, revised seating fabrics and ambient lighting

Styling wise, there’s new wheels across the range, revised bumpers and new head and tail lamps.

The updated Optima range including the Optima range will go on sale on the third quarter of 2018. Prices and specifications for Australian bound Optimas are yet to be confirmed.

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