Thinking about how the Optima is the car that actually kick-started the almost total reinvention of the Kia brand in 2011 with the launch of its 3rd generation, the unveiling of a revitalized version of the fourth-generation model at the New york city Auto Show has gone a little under the radar. It could be since the headlines were controlled by the brand new second-generation Kia K900 luxury sedan that was also unveiled at the program, but the Optima is the one that’s going to put more on the South Korean car manufacturer’s bottom line.
Given that getting its full redesign back in 2016, the Kia Optima has received absolutely nothing more than a few changes to its list of features and a slimming down of available trims. We believe we’ll see much of the exact same when the 2019 Optima debuts.
2019 Kia Optima Design
As a carryover, we expect no big changes in exterior look. What might change a bit are its readily available colors and some other options, like the wheels. Inside, we expect the same, as its uncomplicated and instinctive interior will likewise likely remain unblemished.
With all else remaining the same, expect standard features to remain mostly the exact same. If this is undoubtedly the case, look for 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 current 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.
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 automatic, while the two turbocharged engines come with a seven-speed dual-clutch unit.
The 2018 Optima aced practically every IIHS crash safety test and received a “Good” rating in the headlight test. This led to it getting a Top Safety Pick classification. 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 very same for 2019.
2019 Kia Optima Pricing & Release Date
We anticipate 2019 Optima production to kick off in June 2018, and for its arrival to come quickly after. Without any changes coming, we anticipate pricing to remain roughly the like the 2018 model, which varies from $23,495 to $31,495 (destination costs consisted of). The Optima’s competitors will include the Honda Accord, Hyundai Sonata, and Chevrolet Malibu.