Kia asked its customers what they thought needed changing and the result is an enhanced design, new infotainment systems, increased refinement, improved quality and a few new convenience and safety features.
Exterior-wise it’s hard to spot the differences. The LED daytime running lights have been moved from the bumper to the headlights and the fog lamps are set into a body-colour panel rather than the black panel on the current model. The rear upgrades include new, larger light clusters with LED technology and a sharper-edged bootlid. The new design is complimented by newly designed 17-inch and 18-inch alloy wheels.
The interior of the current model has been carried over, but with detailed changes to the instrument cluster, steering wheel, centre console, gear selector, armrests and seats. The new instrument cluster features a larger TFT LCD screen delivering more information with improved graphics. The new steering wheel, which has a flattened lower rim on auto models, has the remote controls located on the horizontal spokes.
Kia also claims a significant reduction in NVH levels. Road noise has been reduced by 3.3 decibels compared to the current Optima, which will definitely be noticeable to the average consumer.
The engine range has been left unchanged, with Kia’s new 2.0-litre GDI powertrain the most likely candidate for a South African introduction.