At the Chicago Auto Show, the midsize Kia Optima sedan proved to be very popular. Kia Motors America took the opportunity to announce its production plans for a new top-of-the-line Limited. Later this month, Kia will start producing its U.S. manufacturing plant in West Point, Georgia. It builds on the strong reputation that the Optima SX has based on its horsepower that is the leader in its class and its high fuel efficiency.
It has been given additional design and amenity improvements to make it stand out against its traditional rivals in the segment. The Optima Limited will arrive this March in its showrooms. The model is based on the fully loaded turbocharged Optima SX. The Optima Limited is exclusively available in Ebony Black, Snow White Pearl and Titanium Metallic exterior colors.
It comes with features that are typically used on luxury vehicles such as LED daytime running lights, chrome-accented rear spoiler, lower door sills and wood interior trim. The stunning red front-brake calipers are visible through the Optima Limited's uniquely designed chrome 18-inch wheels. Meanwhile, the 2.0-liter turbo GDI engine offers class-leading 274hp4 and offers 22/34 mpg5 (city/hwy). The interior features high-grade black or white Nappa leather on the seats, door panels, center console armrest and center fascia trim to achieve a premium look. The steering wheel, interior door trim and shift knob have wood accents.
Meanwhile, the headliner, sun visor, and A, B and C pillars use a black tricot fabric, giving it a luxurious feel. A first-aid kit and cloth door weather strip are featured on the Optima Limited. As expected from all Optimas, the Limited has a refined, performance-oriented look with a sleek silhouette, bold stance and sculpted features that are consistent with the chief design officer Peter Schreyer’s styling language.
All the 2012 Optima models have an amazingly long list of standard equipment. The Optima Limited enhances the technology, performance and convenience elements on the Optima SX such as the unique front and rear lower bumper design, sport-tuned suspension, HID headlamps, Supervision meter cluster with LCD display, steering wheel paddle shifters, metal pedals, illuminated door scuff plates, panoramic sunroof, four-way power front passenger's seat, driver's seat memory, heated/cooled front seats, heated rear seats, navigation system with back-up camera and SiriusXM Traffic and Infinity 7 audio system and speakers.
The all-new Kia Optima Saloon, a D-segment large car, was recently unveiled by Kia Motors Corporation at the 2010 New York Auto Show.
New Optima, which reached the Kia display rooms throughout the UK in 2011, boasts of an impressive design metamorphosis, resulting in a totally and strikingly new design language. With an aerodynamically flowing silhouette exuding refined elegance combined with a sporty and active character, the all-new Optima is a pleasing sight to behold from virtually every angle. It will be called the ‘K5’ in South Korea and the ‘Optima’ for the rest of the global car market, replacing the Magentis name.
Possessing larger overall dimensions and a lower stance than its predecessor, the all-new Kia Optima Saloon was designed at Kia’s headquarters in Frankfurt, Germany and Irvine, California. The new Optima’s bigger size was achieved by using an all-new midsize platform, allowing for the recognizably more aesthetically appealing proportions. Furthermore, this feat has provided the Kia design team with a unique and world-class masterpiece which clearly stands out from the rest of the competitors in the D-segment category.
Peter Schreyer, Chief Design Officer of Kia Motors Corporation, likened the all-new Kia Optima to a new strand of Kia’s continuously improving design DNA with a perfect combination of basic yet attractive flowing lines and geometric shapes, similar to a well-made fine Italian suit.
Peter Schreyer further adds that every inch of the new Optima reflects the car’s superb design and impressively refined detailing, from the sleek chrome accents bordering the C-pillars to the stylishly swept-back greenhouse and dramatic wheel arches.
And with its eye-catching and naturally flowing lines radiating design elegance and European-style luxury, the all-new Optima’s energetic and agile character will be complemented by its powerful and highly efficient engine. New and impressive power plant variants have been developed with league-leading power outputs, competitive fuel efficiency and outstanding CO2 emission levels.
Moreover, engine management systems such as turbo charging, direct injection and multi-point injection are utilized by the all-new Kia Optima to help ensure a consistently superior, outstanding and fuel-efficient performance. Interestingly, Kia will soon be unveiling its very first hybrid car, a version of the all-new Optima. This hybrid variant will be made available for the North American market in 2011.