The 2011 Kia Optima features a purpose-built 12-speaker premium audio system from Harman’s Infinity brand. Global audio and infotainment group Harman has been a partner of Kia Motors for 11 years now. This midsize sedan, which is slated to start selling later this year, is equipped with a powerful 550 Watt amplifier and advanced Digital Signal Processing (DSP) from the Infinity audio system.
It also features multiple sources and formats, including SIRIUS Satellite Radio, and iPod and MP3 players using the built-in auxiliary and USB jacks.
Strategically placed in eight locations, the 12 Infinity speakers include two cloth-domed tweeters and two Metal Matrix Diaphragm midrange speakers for heightened sonic accuracy and highly dynamic response.
The sound stage is enhanced by the 100-mm center speaker, which also localizes the performers. Meanwhile, the door-mounted loudspeakers provide the surround and enhance the image shown to the occupants.
A tight, punchy bass is offered by a 200-mm dual voice coil subwoofer in the rear deck that handles the low-frequency effects.
In a statement, Michael Mauser, Co-President at Harman Automotive, said that an automotive sound system is considered successful when it is able to deliver a premium listening experience for both the driver and passengers. He said that the company fully expects that new Kia customers will be delighted with the Infinity premium audio system in the 2011 Optima.
The all-new Kia Optima features a distinct silhouette and sleek stance that adheres to the carmaker’s philosophy of creating high quality, dynamic vehicles that can evoke passion. It front end is defined by Kia's bold signature grille as flanked by projector headlamps.
The new Optima boasts of a coupe-like profile, as accentuated by a sweeping chrome arc flowing from the A- to the C-pillars. This styling visually lowers the Optima while enhancing its proportions. Its roofline is linked with its high shoulder line leading to the flanks and the 2,795-mm wheelbase. The new Optima also boasts of an elegant muscular stance made possible by a steeply sloping rear window as well as by boldly flared wheel arches.
Standard exterior elements for the all-new Optima include dual exhausts, indicators on the wing mirrors as well as solar glass. Other features are also available depending on the trim level: heated exterior mirrors, fog lights and exterior chrome or body-color door handles. Likewise available are 17-inch alloy wheels shod in 215/55 R17 tires.
Higher trim levels features unique front grille design, HID headlights with auto leveling, aero wiper blades, sculpted side sills, LED rear lights, rear lip spoiler as well as red brake calipers. They ride on 18-inch black machined finish alloy wheels shod with 225/45 R18 tires.