2019 Kia Optima

Thinking about 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 3rd 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 might be because the headings were dominated by the brand new second-generation Kia K900 luxury sedan that was likewise unveiled at the program, but the Optima is the one that’s going to put more on the South Korean car manufacturer’s bottom line.

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Considering that getting its complete redesign back in 2016, the Kia Optima has received absolutely nothing more than a couple of changes to its list of features and a losing weight of available trims. Our company believe we’ll see much of the exact same when the 2019 Optima debuts.

2019 Kia Optima Design

As a carryover, we anticipate no big changes in exterior look. What might change a bit are its readily available colors and some other choices, like the wheels. Inside, we expect the same, as its straightforward and instinctive interior will likewise likely remain unblemished.

With all else staying the exact same, expect basic features to remain mainly the same. If this is undoubtedly the case, search for it to come with keyless ignition, Bluetooth connectivity, a rearview camera, 16-inch alloy wheels, a 7-inch touchscreen and support for both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

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2019 Kia Optima Engine

We likewise anticipate the under-hood bits to stay the exact same. The current car comes requirement with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder with 185 horse power. 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 pairs with a six-speed automatic, while the 2 turbocharged engines come with 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 classification. 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.

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2019 Kia Optima Pricing & Release Date

We anticipate 2019 Optima production to start in June 2018, and for its arrival to come shortly after. With no changes coming, we anticipate pricing to remain roughly the like the 2018 model, which ranges from $23,495 to $31,495 (location costs included). The Optima’s competition will consist of the Honda Accord, Hyundai Sonata, and Chevrolet Malibu.

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