2015 New York International Auto Show: 2016 Kia Optima

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At the 2015 edition of the New York International Auto Show, Kia is introducing a slightly longer, slightly wider Kia Optima with an all-new 1.6-liter engine and seven speed dual clutch transmission.
What Is It?

The Kia Optima is a five-passenger mid-size sedan alternative to cars like the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord. It’s built in the United States at Kia’s West Point, Georgia plant and is a critically important car for Kia. It’s the car that changed American perceptions about what a Kia could be.


What Kia Is Saying

“The all-new Optima retains the signature personality of its predecessor, but we’ve literally improved everything,” said said Michael Sprague, executive vice president, sales and marketing, KMA, “providing more space, better ride and handling, more technology and greater refinement.”

What’s New for 2016?

  • Wheelbase increased 0.4 inches
  • Width increased 1.0 inches
  • Greater headroom, shoulder room, rear seat legroom and cargo capacity
  • stiffer seat frame reduces vibration
  • Heated and ventilated front seats available
  • Height adjustable front passenger seat
  • UVO features Geo-fencing, Curfew Alert, Speed Alert and Driving Score
  • Android Auto and Apple CarPlay enabled
  • Available Infinity® Premium Audio System, which includes 14 speakers, Clari-Fi™ technology and an upgraded 630-watt digital amplifier
  • More than 50% of the Optima’s body is constructed of Advanced High Strength Steel for a 150% stiffness increase
  • Improved steering response, high-speed stability and handling
  • All new 1.6-liter four-cylinder turbo engine on the LX trim with 178 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and 195 lb.-ft. of torque at just 1,500 rpm
  • New seven-speed Dual Clutch Transmission on the 1.6-liter, Kia’s first
  • Michelin tires on all trims 


When Does It Go On Sale?

The 2016 Kia Optima goes on sale in the fourth quarter of 2015

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