Thinking about how the Optima is the car that actually kick-started the almost total reinvention of the Kia brand name in 2011 with the launch of its 3rd generation, the unveiling of a refreshed version of the fourth-generation model at the New York Auto Show has actually gone a little under the radar. It might be due to the fact that the headlines were controlled by the brand new second-generation Kia K900 luxury sedan that was likewise unveiled at the program, however the Optima is the one that’s going to put more on the South Korean car manufacturer’s bottom line.
Given that getting its full redesign back in 2016, the Kia Optima has received nothing more than a few changes to its list of features and a slimming down of readily available trims. We believe we’ll see much of the same when the 2019 Optima debuts.
2019 Kia Optima Design
As a carryover, we expect no huge changes in exterior appearance. What may change a bit are its offered colors and some other options, like the wheels. Inside, we expect the exact same, as its straightforward and intuitive interior will also likely remain untouched.
With all else remaining the very same, anticipate standard features to stay mostly the very same. If this is certainly the case, search for it to come with keyless ignition, Bluetooth connectivity, a rearview camera, 16-inch alloy wheels, a 7-inch touchscreen and assistance for both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
2019 Kia Optima Engine
We likewise expect the under-hood bits to stay the same. The present car comes requirement with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder with 185 horsepower. Next up is an optional 1.6-liter turbocharged four-pot with 178 hp and 195 pound-feet of torque.
Peaking the variety 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 couple with a six-speed automatic, while the two turbocharged engines feature a seven-speed dual-clutch unit.
The 2018 Optima aced essentially every IIHS crash security test and got a “Good” score in the headlight test. This resulted in it getting a Top Safety Pick designation. The only thing keeping it from a Top Safety Pick+ designation is its absence of a passenger-side small-overlap test. We anticipate this to also stay the exact same for 2019.
2019 Kia Optima Pricing & Release Date
We expect 2019 Optima production to kick off in June 2018, and for its arrival to come quickly after. With no changes coming, we anticipate pricing to remain approximately the like the 2018 model, which ranges from $23,495 to $31,495 (destination charges consisted of). The Optima’s competition will include the Honda Accord, Hyundai Sonata, and Chevrolet Malibu.