After many years, Kia finally decided that they would get rid of the Optima’s former 1.7 liter CRDi engine to make way for their new 1.6 liter diesel engine. This new engine will be offered in the European spec model, and is substantially cleaner than its predecessor - thanks to the Selective Catalytic Reduction active emissions control technology, allowing it to meet even stricter rules than the ones applicable for the Euro 6d TEMP emissions standard.
As for output, the model develops 134 horsepower (100 kilowatts) and 320 Newton metres (236 pound feet) of torque. This gives it the exact same amount of output as its predecessor, but with 4 Newton metres (3 pound feet) less torque.
Meanwhile, if you prefer a gasoline engine, you’re in luck because Kia plans to introduce a turbocharged 1.6 liter unit with 177 horsepower channeled to the road through a seven speed, dual clutch automatic gearbox. This 1.6 liter will be positioned in between the naturally aspirated 2.0 liter and the more potent 2.0 liter turbo that you could get in the range topping model.
When looking at the European spec 2018 Kia Optima, the model receives subtle exterior changes such as the new front bumper and new graphics for the LED taillights. The front and rear fog lamps have gone through some minor upgrades, while the sedan has a revised rear bumper as well.
For the 2018 model year, the Optima also gets a shiny chrome finish on its corporate “tiger nose” grille, now looking more like its American cousin, or the US spec Optima. Customers will be able to choose from a black interior, two tone black and grey cloth or leather, or a new brown cloth or leather upholstery.
Apart from the exterior and interior changes, the revised model will still feature a lot of cabin space, despite the added features.
To finish off the changes, the 2018 Optima now sits on a set of new alloy wheel designs, ranging from 16 to 18 inches, and let us not forget about the “Runway Red” paint. Both the higher spec GT Line and GT trims were given some revisions as well, but these are barely noticeable.
When looking at its interior, the only upgrades here would be the new steering wheel, a satin chrome trim on the dashboard, and upgraded ambient lighting. As for safety features, it will get standard features like lane keeping assist, and Kia is adding a driver attention warning system that will give visual and audible warnings when the driver is not paying attention.
After its debut at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, the 2018 Kia Optima will go on sale in Europe by the third quarter of the year, in a sedan as well as a Sportswagon variant.