KIA has officially revealed and at the same time launched the 2018 K5 (Optima) facelift in Korea. The revisions comprise of changes to design plus the addition of new technologies as well.The KIA K5 facelift is predictable to arrive at other global markets in coming months.The 2019 Kia Optima features a new-fangled grille comparable in design to the latest Kia Cadenza (Kia K7)’s “Intaglio” grille with upright oriented slats.
It also acquires a new headlamp detailing, a remodeled bumper, modified lower air intake and new fog lamps. At the rear, the tail lamps acquires new LED detailing and a modified rear bumper with the reflector units place higher up.
Depending on the selected variant, one will either obtain LED units for the headlights and fog lamps, or projectors and bulb-type ones. Likewise, there are four wheel alternative that range from 16- to 18-inch sets, the largest accessible in a multi-spoke or sporty two-tone design.
Coming to the Interior, the dashboard is somewhat nearly identical to the outgoing model. The one clear change here is the introduction of a new steering wheel design. There is an amplified usage of chOther features accessible including a Krell sound system, heated and ventilated seats, dual-zone climate control with Cluster Ionizer, rear sunshades and an electronic parking brake.
The Optima is also accessible with a surround-view camera system and Highway Driving Assist as well as Adaptive Smart Cruise Control, Lane Keep Assist systems and ‘AI based server-type voice recognition technology’.
Engine choices take in three 4-cylinder petrol units – 2.0L CVVL (163 PS/196 Nm), 2.0L LPI (153 PS/196 Nm with a manual, 151 PS/194 Nm with an automatic) and 1.6L T-GDI (180 PS/265 Nm).
There’s too a sole diesel choice in the form of a 1.7 liter unit with 141 PS and 340 Nm of torque. Transmission choices take in a six-speed manual and automatic plus a seven-speed dual-clutch – for diesel and turbo models only.