The first official images with the 2016 Optima / K5 have been published by South Korean automaker Kia. The mid-size sedan adopts an evolutionary design with some styling influences from the SPORTSPACE concept and as you can see it will likely turn out to be one of the most attractive models in its segment. It uses an evolution of the corporate tiger nose grille which looks a little bit like the one fitted onto the full-size K900 flagship sedan while the front bumper gills have chrome accents to make the sedan look more premium.
Little else is known about the fourth generation Optima, but Kia says they will sell the car with “multiple engine choices” while the interior cabin will be more spacious and will come equipped with “class-up premium features.” Moreover, the 2016 Optima / K5 (in South Korea) will feature several technologies that the outgoing third-gen car doesn’t have.
The sedan will likely be followed by a wagon version previewed through the SPORTSPACE concept and it could also spawn a frugal diesel-electric hybrid version. The conventional engines will likely be sourced from the Hyundai Sonata but likely with a few upgrades to boost fuel economy and power.