1 April 2015

New Optima in Europe in autumn

Kia has revealed in full its latest Optima, which will arrive in Europe in the autumn, writes Brian Byrne.

At the New York Show debut, the company showed a car on a longer and wider platform than the current Optima, but very recognisably a new generation of that same nameplate.

The designers have provided a more spacious cabin with an improved level of quality.

Power in the US, where the Optima has for three years been the brand's best-selling model, will be from a choice of three petrol engines including a turbocharged 1.6 with a 7-speed dual clutch transmission. In Europe it will sell mainly with one of Kia's familiar diesels.