New Op­tima all suited and booted

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KIA has un­veiled its new Op­tima medium sedan at the Ne w Y o r k Mo t o r S h o w ahead of its mar­ket de­but later this year. The new-gen­er­a­tion Op­tima (de­signed at Kia’s in-house Frankfurt and Cal­i­for­nia stu­dios) con­tin­ues Kia’s de­sign trend be­gun by the Cerato, with as many as five new pow­er­trains, in­clud­ing a hy­brid.

The new Op­tima sits on a new plat­form and is longer, wider and lower than the ve­hi­cle it re­places – 4845mm long (up by 45mm), 1830mm wide, a 2795mm wheel­base (a 75mm in­crease) and ground clear­ance of 135mm.

The new Op­tima will be avail­able with three new Theta II en­gines, a 151kW 2.4-litre di­rect-in­jec­tion four­cylin­der (bound for Aus­tralia), a 207kW two-litre di­rect-in­jec­tion tur­bocharged en­gine or a 2.4-litre hy­brid, the lat­ter to be in­tro­duced in 2011.

Aus­tralia-bound Op­ti­mas are also likely to be of­fered with a 123kW two-litre or a 133kW 2.4-litre en­gine; both man­ual and au­to­mat­ics will be six-speed­ers.

The new Op­tima’s safety fea­tures are likely to in­clude six airbags (dual front, side and full-length cur­tain), front ac­tive head­rests, tyre pres­sure mon­i­tor­ing sys­tem, anti-lock brakes, sta­bil­ity con­trol and hill as­sist con­trol. Kia chief de­sign of­fi­cer Peter Schreyer says the new Op­tima is a new strand in Kia’s grow­ing de­sign DNA .

‘‘It’s a blend of sim­ple and fluid lines and el­e­gant but un­com­pli­cated shapes that draw the at­ten­tion of the eye in much the same fash­ion as a per­fectly tai­lored, fine Ital­ian suit," he says.

‘‘From the dis­tinc­tive sweep­ing chrome ac­cent that stretches through the C pil­lars to the sleek green­house and flared wheel arches, ev­ery inch of the Op­tima projects a dis­tin­guished and re­fined style and ex­treme at­ten­tion to de­tail."

The Op­tima also em­ploys en­gine man­age­ment sys­tems like di­rect in­jec­tion, multi-port in­jec­tion and tur­bocharg­ing to help bring per­for­mance to the brand without sac­ri­fic­ing fuel ef­fi­ciency.

The new model is sched­uled to be launched in Aus­tralia late in the fi­nal quar­ter, re­plac­ing the Ma­gen­tis and bring­ing the Op­tima name­plate back to lo­cal show­rooms af­ter a four-year ab­sence.

Also mak­ing its world pre­miere in New York is the Kia Cerato five-door.

FLUID LOOKS: The new Kia Op­tima is a real head-turner, and, inset, the Cerato.

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