It has been months since Kia began making noise about its new sporty Stinger, as well as the redesigned K900 flagship sedan that is among Kia’s biggest reveals at the 2018 New York Auto Show. But of course, the 2019 Kia Optima will not allow itself to be overshadowed. This is why the long standing compact sedan received a minor update that primarily adds new equipment and tech to the familiar design.
At first glance, it is not easy to spot the changes on the Optima, but if there is one thing that will truly catch your attention, it will be the new Passion Red exterior paint option that help identify the 2019 Optima. The car wears Stinger inspired LED daytime running lights. On one hand, the S models will be getting new fog lamps in a tweaked front fascia, together with LED tail lights, and a couple of gloss black trim for the grille and the side sills.
The EX trim level, on the other hand, gets new leather sport seats and a new ambient interior lighting option. Moving up the higher trims, the SX will be dressed in two-tone red/black leather “European style” sport seats, and the SXL model will be a little more upscale with a new two tone bronze/black interior with Nappa leather.
As we look into the technological bits of the Kia Optima, it now comes standard with safety systems that are quickly becoming standard equipment throughout the auto industry. The equipment includes a forward collision alert system that monitors all that’s happening in front of the Optima. If necessary, the Optima will engage automatic emergency braking to prevent a collision. Lane keep assist is another feature that is included, as well as alerts that will wake up inattentive or sleepy drivers, which will let them either pay attention to the road, or pull over for a break from driving.
Moreover, Kia’s infotainment system and UVO telemetrics have been updated as well, which the manufacturer now calls a new tiered system. For the LX trim, the basic system comes standard, featuring Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility, with USB connections for your gadgets as well as voice control capability.
Moving on to the S and EX models, things become more convenient for the driver and passengers as the systems are connected and it features on-demand diagnostics, alarms, and various vehicle control that can be remotely accessed with only a smartphone. The two top trims, SX and SXL, will be getting extra features like navigation too.
The 2019 Kia Optima will hit dealerships by the end of the year, which means that model pricing will be released later on in the year too.