Considering how the Optima is the car that truly kick-started the almost complete reinvention of the Kia brand in 2011 with the launch of its third generation, the unveiling of a revitalized version of the fourth-generation model at the New york city Auto Show has actually gone a little under the radar. It could be due to the fact that the headings were dominated by the brand new second-generation Kia K900 luxury sedan that was also revealed at the program, but the Optima is the one that’s going to put more on the South Korean automaker’s bottom line.
Since getting its full redesign back in 2016, the Kia Optima has received nothing more than a few changes to its list of features and a slimming down of readily available trims. We believe we’ll see much of the same when the 2019 Optima debuts.
2019 Kia Optima Design
As a carryover, we expect no huge changes in exterior appearance. What may change a bit are its available colors and some other alternatives, like the wheels. Inside, we expect the exact same, as its simple and intuitive interior will likewise likely remain untouched. With all else staying the same, expect standard features to remain largely the same. If this is certainly the case, look for it to come with keyless ignition, Bluetooth connectivity, a rearview video camera, 16-inch alloy wheels, a 7-inch touchscreen and assistance for both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
2019 Kia Optima Engine
We likewise anticipate the under-hood bits to remain the same. The present car comes requirement with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder with 185 horsepower. Next up is an optional 1.6-liter turbocharged four-pot with 178 hp and 195 pound-feet of torque. Peaking the range is a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder in the SX trim, which injects 245 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. The base engine couple with a six-speed automatic, while the 2 turbocharged engines include a seven-speed dual-clutch system.
The 2018 Optima aced essentially every IIHS crash safety test and got a “Good” ranking in the headlight test. This resulted in it getting a Top Safety Pick designation. The only thing keeping it from a Top Safety Pick+ classification is its absence of a passenger-side small-overlap test. We expect this to likewise stay the exact same for 2019.
2019 Kia Optima Pricing & Release Date
We anticipate 2019 Optima production to kick off in June 2018, and for its arrival to come soon after. With no changes coming, we expect pricing to remain roughly the same as the 2018 model, which ranges from $23,495 to $31,495 (location fees included). The Optima’s competition will consist of the Honda Accord, Hyundai Sonata, and Chevrolet Malibu.