Updated 2019 Kia Optima Sportswagon gets two new enginesFebruary 27, 2018
A refreshed Optima will be one of Kia’s big introductions at the Geneva Motor Show, and it will take pride of place on the Korean brand’s stand alongside the all-new Ceed hatchback.
It’s due on sale across Europe in the third quarter of 2018, with a revised exterior and interior design, new powertrain options, and Kia’s latest driver assistance systems. Again, both saloon and Sportswagon estates will be available.
The car’s front bumper has been modified with larger side air intakes and new horizontal fog lamps, while the trademark ‘tiger-nose’ grille now features a new bright chrome finish. A slight rethink with the headlights, introducing a new lighting signature, rounds off the refreshed face, while the taillights are new LED units, too. A new paint colour – Runaway Red – has been added to the Optima’s palette, and new alloy wheel designs are available in 16-, 17- and 18-inch sizes.
GT Line cars and the Optima GT receive similar tweaks and also get new LED fog lamps, plus 18-inch alloy wheels, gloss black mirror caps, side sills and grilles, plus new dual twin exhaust exits.
A new addition to the range, the Optima is also available with Kia’s 180ps 1.6-litre T-GDi engine for the first time. The lightweight turbocharged engine offers buyers a new gasoline powertrain option between the naturally-aspirated 163ps 2.0-litre CVVL (Continuously-Variable Valve Lift) engine and the 245ps 2.0-litre T-GDi which powers the high-performance Optima GT. The new 180ps 1.6-litre T-GDi is paired with Kia’s smooth-shifting seven-speed double-clutch transmission, which lets drivers change gear using steering wheel-mounted shift paddles.
A new Drive Mode Selector lets Optima drivers switch between Eco, Comfort, Sport and Smart modes. Each mode enables the driver to customise the powertrain’s responses, prioritising fuel economy or more immediate acceleration. It also lets drivers adapt the weight of the rack-mounted power steering system, for more relaxed or more immediate, engaging steering responses. ‘Smart Mode’ is designed to anticipate the driver’s needs, switching automatically between Eco, Comfort and Sport modes depending on conditions. This enables the Optima to adapt to the driver’s behaviour and the road conditions, pre-empting the driver’s preference for different speeds and driving environments.
The new Optima is available with Kia’s latest 7.0- or 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system, with navigation and Kia Connected Services powered by TomTom®. The system offers Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ to enable full smartphone integration. Android Auto™ is designed to work with Android phones running 5.0 (Lollipop) or higher; Apple CarPlay™, for iPhone 5 or newer. Within the centre console is a wireless smartphone charger, allowing users to charge their smartphones on the move.
The infotainment system is linked to the Optima’s new higher-resolution Around View Monitor (AVM) camera system. The system uses cameras at the front, rear and sides of the vehicle to provide the driver with a 360-degree view of their surroundings, making it easier to complete low-speed parking manoeuvres.
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