Kia announced the latest version of its best-selling car, the Optima, at the New York International Auto Show.
The 2016 Optima’s platform is longer and wider than the current model, and the chassis is stiffer for improved ride and handling. Kia wanted the new Optima to retain the same styling cues as the current model, but with an updated look.
The Optima is available with an all-new 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. The new motor, which produces 178 horsepower and 195 lb.-ft. of torque, is paired to a seven-speed dual clutch transmission, the first one available on a Kia product. This engine combination is available on the LX model.
The 2.4-liter naturally-aspirated four-cylinder and the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder carry over from the previous model, and are mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.
Kia put a priority on ride and handling for the new Optima. Along with the stiffer chassis, the sedan’s suspension has new mounting points and a four-bushing mounting system for the front and rear subframes, up from two-bushing mounts in the previous mode.
Stay tuned to TFLcar for more updates from the New York auto show.