Restyling Kia Optima from 2016
According to representatives of the corporation, the new Optima has become the best representative of the progress of the Korean auto giant. Taking into account the rather loyal attitude of buyers to cars made in Asia, this model can become a worthy competitor in its price segment. After all, it is not inferior to either European or American cars in terms of comfort and workmanship.
The exterior design has changed significantly compared to its predecessor. Ahead of the car now just do not know. Larger headlights appeared and they flow smoothly onto the front wings. The false radiator grille has acquired a new look. The back doors have become longer. The exhaust pipe resembles the exhaust systems of sports cars. Rear window designers pulled up for greater dynamism. The assembly of the car also looks, the same strip of chrome, the shape of the roof unchanged. Is that the rear windows went to the rack. The car will be available in three colors: vibrating blue, deep red dynamic gray. Rims can be selected from three sizes from 16 to 19 inches.
The interior is now filled with chrome details. The dashboard looks new. The steering wheel sits on 3 spokes. The console has an asymmetric arrangement and is more turned to the driver for its convenience and is somewhat reminiscent of the design of a BMW or Audi. The air duct system has changed its location and now it is located under the screen of the multimedia system, so that the screen itself has become larger, and the buttons of the control systems are now arranged in even rows.
The basis of the Kia Optima was the chassis of the seventh generation Hyundai Sonata. It is lighter than the previous one and has better torsional stiffness characteristics. This will undoubtedly positively affect the stability of the car at high speed, as well as a more accurate responsiveness of the steering wheel. The body is half made of high-strength steel, the same as in the details of the chassis. The sedan’s center of gravity is lower thanks to carbon fiber mounts for the panoramic roof. The geometry of the suspension also changed along with an increase in the number of subframe supports, which became 4 instead of 2.
The American version of the car will be sold with a 2.4-liter engine for 185 hp, or with a 2-liter turbo engine of 247 horses, as well as a 1.6-liter turbocharged unit. Despite the fact that the first two motors are the same as the previous model, they underwent significant modernization. Now they work with a robot instead of a six-band machine. The base engine was a 1.6-liter turbo engine with 178 hp working together with a robotic gearbox for 7 ranges with two clutches. In addition, you can purchase an all-round visibility device, as well as a function for controlling lateral movement behind the machine. The presence of intelligent cruise control and the emergency braking system, as well as the function of tracking blind spots, cannot but please. No modification information for the European market yet.
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