While all media attention is focused on two major auto shows in Los Angeles (USA) and Guangzhou (China), Kia has suddenly lifted the third generation of mid-sized sedans. Optima, also known as K5 in his home country of Korea. According to Kia, Optima 2020 is a model that helps the driver interact with the environment thanks to the most advanced technology.
Speaking at the new Optima launch event, Mr. Karim Habib, Kia’s design director, affirmed: “The third-generation Optima is a symbolic vehicle, showing the strong shift of Kia Motors – the brand that will lead the future of transportation.“.
“The first generation Optima has impressed the global market thanks to its sleek, elegant and flexible design. Meanwhile, the 2nd generation continues to retain the characteristics of the first generation but has a more luxurious and emotional design.“, Mr. Habib added.”The 3rd generation Optima will open a whole new chapter in Kia’s design history, including opportunity, creativity, authority and passion. Kia wants to define a new sedan model and aim for a more innovative design, unlike any product on the market“.
Exterior design of Kia Optima 2020
True to what Kia’s design director said, the 3rd-generation Optima has a sleek, flexible, elegant and high-tech appearance, with a vision for the future. In fact, Optima 2020 applies the direction of Kia’s next generation design, with bold details to impress the viewer.
This is clearly shown in the car’s front design Kia Optima 2020. Here, you will come across the typical “mouth” grille of the Kia brand but is modified and extended to the depth of the headlight cluster on both sides. Connected to this grille are ribbed lines located on the hood, extending to the steering glass legs.
On both sides of the grille are the headlights divided into 3 parts and the stylized V-shaped daytime positioning LED strip, inspired by the heartbeat, creating a strong visual effect. In addition, the car also has a front bumper with a larger wind cavity. Particularly the central wind cavity is emphasized by the U-shaped border.
If the front of the car is designed to be somewhat distracting, the rib is much simpler. Here, we will come across a main ribbed line, running below the door handle. The highlight here is the chrome track that adheres to the roof and extends all the way to the rear glass.
Rounding out the back, we see a small taillight cluster, designed in a V-shaped tube similar to the LED daytime positioning lights in front. The taillights are connected by a slender strip of lights, promising to be very eye-catching in the dark. Meanwhile, Kia’s logo is placed directly below the small spoiler integrated into the trunk lid.
Underneath is a fake wind diffuser and 2 chrome exhaust tips, contributing to the sporty look of Kia Optima 2020. Not to mention the air cavity located in the two rear bumper corners and the slender horizontal reflector light. .
Overall, the new Kia Optima carries on itself the same design as the Audi brand’s sportback car. In addition, there are significant changes in dimensions, including length of 4,905 mm, width of 1,860 mm, height of 1,445 mm and wheelbase of 2,850 mm. Compared to the previous generation, the car is 50 mm longer, 25 mm wider and 20 mm lower. In addition, the larger size brings more spacious interior to the Korean D-sized sedan.
Interior design of Kia Optima 2020
If the exterior is more bolder, the interior of the 3rd generation Kia Optima feels more high-tech and modern. The highlight of this model is on the screen system, including the 10.2-inch touchscreen of the infotainment system that is independent on the dashboard, connected to a digital dashboard. 12.3 inch LCD screen. If the infotainment screen is directed towards the driver, the dashboard can change the background image and brightness depending on the environment such as driving mode (Normal, Sport, Eco, Smart, Custom), weather. (sunny, cloudy, rainy, snow …) or time.
Besides, there is a sporty D-shaped steering wheel, air-conditioning vents and new metal trim elements. On the new center console, the traditional shift lever is gone. Instead, the button switches Shift by Wire style of the car to Jaguar or Land Rover.
Other notable interior features of the 2020 Kia Optima include interior border lighting, color change according to the five driving modes mentioned above, high-end Krell sound system or wireless smartphone charging tray. . When buying this model, Korean customers can choose interior colors like black and brown.
Technology of Kia Optima 2020
In addition to the design, Kia Optima 2020 is also focused on technology with a series of advanced comfort features such as voice commands, air cleaning system (with fine dust sensor) and KATHU HOME. In particular, the voice command can control the air conditioning system, windows, steering wheel heating, seat heating / cooling or rear glass heating.
Next is the real-time air cleaning system. The system will show 4 steps, including Good, Medium, Bad and Very Bad. If the air quality is very bad, the first high-performance filtration system fitted to Kia vehicles will automatically purify the air.
Meanwhile, KATHU HOME will have the function of checking the status and controlling the operation of electronic devices in the home of the remote vehicle owner, providing utilities such as installing lighting systems (bedrooms, living rooms, stove …), temperature, gas valve or door.
In addition, Kia Optima 2020 has many other convenient features such as digital lock, integrated dashcam, rearview mirror and connection to infotainment screen as well as smartphone or parking assistance. from far away. In particular, the digital lock installed as an application on a smartphone will help car owners do not need to carry the remote control lock as usual and can share with 4 different people.
And yet, Kia Optima 2020 also automatically installs a number of features such as the position of the seat, the driver information display screen, exterior mirrors, recent destinations on the navigation system, dashboard settings .. … according to the driver’s habit. Users only need to open the door with a digital lock or select the user on the screen of the infotainment system to automatically install according to habit.
In terms of safety, the Kia Optima 2020 will not disappoint users with many features such as front / rear collision prevention assistance, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, and system-based cruise control. navigation system, assist with driving on the freeway, safe alight assist, lane change assist, distraction warning and 9 airbags.
Engine of Kia Optima 2020
In the Korean market, this mid-size sedan has a total of four different engine options. The first is the SmartStream G2.0 petrol engine with 4-cylinder, 2.0-liter capacity, producing a maximum capacity of 160 horsepower and maximum torque of 196 Nm. The engine accompanies a 6-speed automatic transmission.
The second is the SmartStream G1.6 T-GDi petrol engine, 4-cylinder, turbocharged, 1.6-liter capacity, producing maximum power of 180 horsepower and maximum torque of 265 Nm. Power is transmitted to the wheel via an 8-speed automatic transmission.
Next is the SmartStream L2.0 engine using LPi liquefied petroleum gas with a capacity of 2.0 liters, producing a maximum capacity of 146 horsepower and maximum torque of 191 Nm. This engine is mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission.
Finally, the hybrid system, including SmartStream G2.0 HEV gasoline engine, electric motor and 6-speed automatic transmission. The system generates a maximum capacity of 152 horsepower and maximum torque of 188 Nm. In particular, the hybrid version of Kia Optima 2020 in Korea also comes with a solar battery cover to charge the battery to increase the range of operation. According to Kia, the new Optima Solor Loop will allow users to run an additional 1,300 km per year when charging 6 hours a day outdoors.
Price of Kia Optima 2020
In the Korean market, Kia Optima 2020 is sold with prices ranging from 20.9 to 38.7 million Won (about 412 – 762 million). Right at the launch event, Kia began accepting deposits from customers who wanted to buy this mid-sized sedan. When buying a car, customers can choose one of six exterior colors: Snow White Pearl, Steel Gray, Interstella Gray, Aurora Black Pearl, Gravity Blue and Yacht Blue.
It is expected that after Korea, the new Kia Optima will continue to launch in other markets around the world, including Vietnam. Currently Kia Optima is being distributed genuine in Vietnam with prices from 789 to 969 million, the cheapest form of mid-sized sedan segment.