The next-generation model looks as though it will be a radical redesign with several eye-catching elements.

CarAdvice, By Derek Fung

© Image Credit by Derek Fung / CarAdvice | 2020 Kia Optima teased.

The next-generation Kia K5, the South Korean version of the car sold elsewhere as the Optima, has been teased in a series of shadowy sketches.
Before local fans of the short-lived Optima line get too excited, however, Kia Australia has confirmed today that the current LHD-only (left-hand drive) program for the mid-sized sedan will continue into this new generation.
Enthusiasts of global automotive movements may read on, and watch from afar.

Design

While today's sedan is a slight design evolution of the third-generation Optima, the new car promises to be a radical reinvention of the long-standing nameplate.
Upfront there's a highly integrated and 3D interpretation of the brand's tiger-nose grille, and a Z-shaped daytime running light.
The new Optima will feature a character crease below its shoulder line and a fastback-style silhouette. The sketched-out car features frameless door windows, although this is unlikely to carry over into the production model.
Like the heavily facelifted Mohave, the new Optima will have a full-width taillight arrangement. The chrome window arch seen on today's car is brought forward to the new model but now wraps around the base of the rear windscreen.
The dashboard has a low, flat, horizontal design, and is dominated by a curved panel housing a digital instrumentation display, and a wide touchscreen infotainment system.
Under the skin, the new K5/Optima should once again share a lot in common with the latest Hyundai Sonata.
In the USA, the next-generation Sonata will be sold with an entry-level 142kW/245Nm 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine or an up-spec 134kW/264Nm 1.6-liter turbo. Both engines drive the front wheels via an eight-speed automatic.
This article was originally published by CarAdvice.
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