It’s a sure thing for the U.S. to soon have a diverse range of diesel passenger car lines. The world’s major automakers are already preparing to have more diesel cars available to consumers in the U.S. There was a recent article on EfficientAutomobiles.com that implied that there would be a North American diesel Optima in the future.
In response, a post on Kia’s PR Facebook page asked if fans would want to drive a diesel car. It wouldn’t be surprising for Kia to offer a diesel engine since its rivals have similar plans. A diesel-powered Chevrolet Cruze will be arriving soon. Mazda is also expected to begin offering its SkyActiv-D engine in the new Mazda6, which was seen as the Takeri concept.
Throughout history, diesel vehicles have not done well in the U.S. because of their low horsepower ratings and rpm limits that were easily outperformed by their gas rivals. But now, customers prefer more efficient engines. For Kia’s market in Europe, just the 1.7-liter diesel Optima with 134hp and 239 lb-ft of torque is available.
This would be a model that’s likely to be offered in the U.S. Many believe that a diesel Optima won’t appeal to Americans because of its substantial curb weight of about 3,300 lbs. However, if Kia offers the same power in the new Forte, it will come up with an impressive combination of torque and efficiency.