Considering how the Optima is the car that actually kick-started the practically complete reinvention of the Kia brand name in 2011 with the launch of its third generation, the unveiling of a refreshed variation of the fourth-generation model at the New York Auto Show has gone a little under the radar. It could be since the headlines were dominated by the all-new second-generation Kia K900 high-end sedan that was also unveiled at the program, however the Optima is the one that’s going to put more on the South Korean automaker’s bottom line.
Considering that getting its complete redesign back in 2016, the Kia Optima has received nothing more than a few changes to its list of features and a losing weight of readily available trims. Our company believe we’ll see much of the very same when the 2019 Optima debuts.
2019 Kia Optima Design
As a carryover, we expect no big changes in exterior appearance. What may change a bit are its offered colors and some other options, like the wheels. Inside, we anticipate the same, as its simple and intuitive interior will also likely remain untouched.
With all else remaining the same, expect basic features to stay largely the same. If this is indeed the case, try to find it to come with keyless ignition, Bluetooth connectivity, a rearview cam, 16-inch alloy wheels, a 7-inch touchscreen and support for both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
2019 Kia Optima Engine
We also expect the under-hood bits to stay the very same. The existing car comes requirement with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder with 185 horse power. Next up is an optional 1.6-liter turbocharged four-pot with 178 hp and 195 pound-feet of torque.
Topping out the range is a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder in the SX trim, which injects 245 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. The base engine pairs with a six-speed automated, while the two turbocharged engines include a seven-speed dual-clutch unit.
The 2018 Optima aced essentially every IIHS crash security test and got a “Good” rating in the headlight test. This led to it getting a Top Safety Pick designation. The only thing keeping it from a Top Safety Pick+ designation is its lack of a passenger-side small-overlap test. We expect this to likewise stay the same for 2019.
2019 Kia Optima Pricing & Release Date
We anticipate 2019 Optima production to start in June 2018, and for its arrival to come shortly after. Without any changes coming, we anticipate pricing to stay approximately the like the 2018 model, which ranges from $23,495 to $31,495 (location costs consisted of). The Optima’s competitors will consist of the Honda Accord, Hyundai Sonata, and Chevrolet Malibu.