2021 Kia Optima increased by 50 mm in length

The Korean giant went public with the first photos and technical details for upcoming 2021 Kia Optima or 2021 Kia K5. The Kia Motors as seconds greatest manufacturer from South Korea produce this mid size sedan since the beginning of this millennium. On the domestic market it bears the K5 label, while on all other sales it goes under the name Optima.

Major changes

Upcoming 2021 Kia Optima belong fourth generation. The major changes to the new edition are related to significant stylistic improvement. Compared to the beginnings of the current generation, we first notice more pronounced sports lines. Sedan high is 1.445 mm which is 20 mm lower then current. Other dimensions also suffer changes. Wide is 1.860 mm which is 25 mm more and 4.905 mm length or growth of 50 mm. If add 45 mm bigger wheelbase (now 2.850 mm) immediately notice more space in cabin.

Let’s add that Kia will offer new Optima on 16 inches wheel as standard and 17, 18 or 19 inches as option. The interior is still unknown, but we can help ourselves with design drawings from earlier. See the picture below.

2020 Kia Optima release date

From December 2019 it is possible to find this model in showrooms in South Korea. Sales in Europe should follow in half a year. Sales in America are dropping so in 2018 was sold 101,603 Optima units. Comparisons note that 2015 sold 159,414 units. Notwithstanding this decline it is still half of worldwide sell. The price should not be much higher than the current $23,190 Starting MSRP.

2021 Kia Optima engine

Two turbocharged options are available. First include 1.6 L engine with 178 horsepower and dual-clutch automatic transmission with seven speed. Fuel consumption is 27 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway.

The second include more powerful 2.0 L engine with 245 horsepower connected to automatic transmission with six speed. Fuel consumption is 21 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway.

The third option is basic 2.4 L four-cylinder engine without turbo. Paired to automatic transmission with six speed offer fuel consumption of 24 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway.