Kia Optima Due for European launch in 2014
Kia has unveiled a new refreshed version of the Optima saloon at the New York Motor Show. The Optima is the flagship model for Kia and has proved to be a global hit since its launch three years ago. The new facelift includes updated front and rear ends still retaining the sporty design and up to date striking front LED daytime running lights and fog lights, along with clear, newly designed LED rear lamps. Every 2014 Optima comes well equipped with a generous host of standard features. If you opt for the LX trim then on offer is a dual exhaust with chrome tips, solar glass, exterior mirror turn signal indicators, front fog lights, exterior heated mirrors, chrome accented exterior door handles and new 16-inch alloy wheels and a six-speed automatic transmission. There is no doubt this new Optima boasts a very sporty look. The EX trim offers larger 17-inch alloy wheels, leather seats, 8-way power adjustable driver’s seat, and an illuminated front cup holders. Moving to the SX trim, consumers will find stylish new 18-inch polished alloy wheels with unique front and rear lower bumpers and side sills plus aero wiper blades.
The updates and improvements continue inside the new Optima. High tech spec is definitely on offer especially when activating the Optima’s push button ignition which brings two new displays to life: a 4.3-inch TFT LCD instrument cluster and optional high-resolution 8-inch navigation and telematics screen, featuring UVO eServices, an 8-speaker Infinity sound system, HD Radio and Satellite Radio. There is the option of the new Blind Spot Detection (BSD) system, which includes rear cross-traffic alert and rear parking sensors, improving convenience and peace of mind.
Choice of powerful engines for Kia Optima
Two powerful engines are offered a 2.4-litre GDi four-cylinder or a 2.0-litre GDi turbo engine. A 2.4-litre hybrid powertrain is also available. The 2.4-litre GDi engine is available on LX, EX and SX models while the powerful 2.0-litre turbo GDi engine is offered exclusively to the SX. This turbo-charged unit delivers V6-type power with a four-cylinder's efficiency. Each engine choice is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission featuring Sportmatic clutch-free shifting. Also new for the 2014 Optima and exclusive to the sporty SX variant, is Drive Mode Select (DMS), which adjusts transmission shift points and steering weight, offering owners a customisable driving experience.
And the icing on the cake as with all Kias, the Optima comes with Kia’s unique seven-year or 100,000-mile warranty, subject to conditions covering wear and tear items and the warranty is fully transferable to subsequent owners.