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 3rd generation, the unveiling of a revitalized version of the fourth-generation model at the New York Auto Show has actually gone a little under the radar. It could be since the headings were controlled by the all-new second-generation Kia K900 luxury sedan that was likewise unveiled at the show, 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 actually received absolutely nothing more than a couple of changes to its list of features and a losing weight of available trims. We believe we’ll see much of the very same when the 2019 Optima debuts.
2019 Kia Optima Design
As a carryover, we expect no huge changes in exterior look. What may change a bit are its offered colors and some other choices, like the wheels. Inside, we expect the exact same, as its uncomplicated and intuitive interior will likewise likely remain unblemished.
With all else staying the same, expect standard features to remain mostly the same. If this is undoubtedly the case, look for it to come with keyless ignition, Bluetooth connectivity, a rearview electronic camera, 16-inch alloy wheels, a 7-inch touchscreen and support for both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
2019 Kia Optima Engine
We also anticipate the under-hood bits to remain the exact same. The existing car comes standard with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder with 185 horsepower. Next up is an optional 1.6-liter turbocharged four-pot with 178 hp and 195 pound-feet of torque.
Peaking 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 couple with a six-speed automated, while the two turbocharged engines come with a seven-speed dual-clutch unit.
The 2018 Optima aced practically every IIHS crash security test and received a “Good” score 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 anticipate this to also 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 quickly after. Without any changes coming, we anticipate pricing to remain roughly the same as the 2018 model, which ranges from $23,495 to $31,495 (location costs consisted of). The Optima’s competition will consist of the Honda Accord, Hyundai Sonata, and Chevrolet Malibu.