Kia introduces refreshed Optima at New York International Auto Show
- Iconic design updated with dynamic
and eye-catching front and rear fascias
- Kia’s best-selling Optima now offers more uplevel features and options
to enhance comfort and value
(SEOUL) March 27, 2013 – Kia Motors America (KMA), one of America’s
fastest-growing car companies over the last five years , unveiled a
significantly updated version of its best-selling Optima mid-size sedan
today at the 2013 New York International Auto Show (NYIAS). Just three
years ago, Kia turned the automotive world on its head when the Peter
Schreyer-penned Optima mid-size sedan was unveiled at the 2010 NYIAS.
Since that time, Optima has become Kia’s sales leader, selling more
than 150,000 units last year and gaining worldwide acclaim for its European-inspired
design and fun-to-drive performance. The 2014 Optima, built in the U.S.*
at Kia’s West Point, Ga., facility (KMMG), arrives with updated front
and rear fascias, retaining the vehicle’s dynamic and sporty proportions.
Available in LX, EX, SX and SX-Limited trims, the Optima’s new premium
amenities and convenience options make Optima an impressive player in
the competitive mid-size sedan segment. The 2014 Optima is expected
to arrive in Kia retail showrooms in the third quarter of the year,
and pricing will be announced closer to the vehicle’s on-sale date.
“With the latest version of the Optima, Kia continues to advance value
to new levels of sophistication, offering mid-size sedan consumers new
premium amenities and convenience upgrades, as well as a refinement
of the world-class design that so completely transformed our brand,”
said Michael Sprague, executive vice president, marketing & communications,
KMA. “The Optima is the cornerstone of Kia’s design evolution and
epitomizes the brand’s goal of building highly-captivating, value-positioned
Improvement of an Already Iconic Design
In a mid-size sedan segment long dominated by function over desirability,
the 2014 Optima cements the model’s status as a trailblazer of combining
style and substance in an affordably priced vehicle. Refining the Optima’s
sculpted, high-end appearance, Kia’s Frankfurt-based design team improved
the vehicle’s front and rear fascias and the brand’s signature tabbed
grille. The vehicle’s bold stance and aerodynamic shape are further
accentuated by updated rear diffusers and a sweeping trunk lid. Lighting
up the European-inspired design are striking front LED positioning and
fog lights, along with clear, newly designed LED rear lamps.
The improvements continue within the cabin of the 2014 Optima, as drivers
are greeted with more upscale and high-tech amenities. Activating the
Optima’s push button ignition brings two new displays to life: a 4.3-inch
TFT LCD instrument cluster and optional high-resolution 8-inch navigation
and telematics screen, featuring UVO eServices, an 8-speaker Infinity®
sound system, HD Radio™® , SiriusXM™ Satellite Radio and SiriusXM
Traffic™4. All-new seat designs ensure a comfortable drive in the
powerful and spirited sedan, while an optional new Blind Spot Detection
(BSD) system, which includes rear cross-traffic alert and rear parking
sensors, improve convenience and peace of mind.
Every 2014 Optima, comes well equipped with a generous roster of standard
features. The LX trim offers dual exhaust with chrome tips, solar glass,
exterior mirror turn signal indicators, front fog lights, exterior heated
mirrors, chrome accented exterior door handles and new 16-inch alloy
wheels fitted with 205/65R16 tires and a six-speed automatic transmission.
The volume-leading EX trim offers larger 17-inch alloy wheels fitted
with 215/55R17 tires, leather seats, 8-way power adjustable driver’s
seat, and an illuminated front cup holders. Moving to the SX trim, consumers
will find stylish new 18-inch polished alloy wheels with 225/45R18 tires,
unique front and rear lower bumpers and side sills, aero wiper blades.
The SX-T includes HID headlights with auto leveling. Elevating to the
top-of-the-line Limited trim brings Optima to another level of sporty
refinement, adding unique 18-inch chrome wheels, new LED fog lights,
red brake calipers, an electronic parking brake, chrome accented side
sills, and premium Nappa leather seats.
Dynamic and Efficient Powertrains
The 2014 Optima is available with two powerful Theta II powerplants
featuring gasoline direct injection (GDI) technology: a 2.4-liter GDI
four-cylinder or a 2.0-liter GDI turbo engine. A 2.4-liter hybrid powertrain
is also available. The 2.4-liter GDI engine is available on LX, EX and
SX models while the more robust 2.0-liter turbo GDI engine is offered
exclusively to the SX. This turbo-charged unit delivers V6-type power
with a four-cylinder's efficiency. Each engine choice is mated to a
six-speed automatic transmission featuring Sportmatic® clutchless shifting.
New for the 2014 Optima, and exclusive to the sporty SX variant, is
Drive Mode Select (DMS), which adjusts transmission shift points and
steering weight, offering owners a customizable driving experience.
* The Sorento and Optima GDI (EX Trims and certain LX Trims only) and
GDI Turbo are built in the United States from U.S. and globally sourced
Specifications, features and trim levels in this release are for the
U.S. market. Product details for other regions will be made available
closer to their respective launch dates. Please check with your regional
Kia Motors headquarters or authorized distributor for technical specifications
and trims available for your market.
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worldwide and annual revenues of US$42 billion. It is the major sponsor
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