Kia Optima: So comes the new

Frankfurt, August 20, 2015

The world premiere of the new Kia Optima celebrated the manufacturer already at the New York Motor Show in spring 2015. At the auto show, the IAA 2015 ( 17 to 27 September ) is now the European version of the spotlight. Compared to its predecessor, which is in Germany since 2012 on the market, the new ones grew in all dimensions. He is 4.85 meters long, 1.86 meters wide and 1.46 meters high, its wheelbase is remarkable 2.80 meters. This should bring a lot of space, especially in the rear. And since we are talking about the dimensions: The trunk can hold 510 liters of neat, that's five liters more than before.

New front and rear aprons

In appearance, the two generations do not differ dramatically. From the front of the new can be recognized by distinctive kink in the headlights and a new apron with side air intakes, the Kia - typical " tiger nose " grill has remained. Smaller lights and an airy styled trunk lid are the distinguishing features at the rear.

To have Adaptive dampers

On the technical side, there is a newly developed suspension, also are now also adaptive damper ordered ( only for diesel ). The engines have been revised and meet the Euro 6 standard. With the launch of the famous 1.7 - liter diesel with 141 hp now is offered ?? he will be the most sought-after motor according Kia. Moreover, there is the two-liter petrol from the predecessor with then 163 hp.

Even with double clutch

The diesel can be connected to a newly developed seven-speed dual clutch transmission ( DCT ). This box Kia itself has developed, it is used among other things in the revised Cee'd. Compared with the previous automatic consumption per 100 kilometers is reduced to 4.4 liters. An automatic, although still in the program, but remains the petrol reserved.

Lots of wizard

When it comes to safety and assistance systems of the new Optima is ideally equipped. The series includes a so-called counter-steering assistance ( Vehicle Stability Management, VSM ). It ensures an optimal adjustment of ESP with the steering and should thus increase stability when braking in curves. Optional there a distance cruise control and an autonomous emergency braking, the brakes when an imminent collision to a standstill. There is also a camera-controlled lane departure warning, which also directs against. In addition, a High-Beam Assistant, a traffic sign detection, a blind-spot assistant and a cross-traffic warning for reversing is to have. And visibility cameras, DAB radio, a JBL sound system and a TomTom GPS units also based there in the list of extras. Nice gimmick: In every Optima is permanently installed an inductive charging station for smartphones.

Launch later in 2015

Still 2015, the new Optima come to the German dealers, the price is not yet known. At present, the gasoline for 24.990 Euro is going to have the diesel will cost 26,990 euros. In 2016, a plug-in hybrid and a Sport version will complement the range. For coming athletes not much is known, it is probably hot " GT " and pick means turbocharger over 230 horsepower from a four-cylinder gasoline. When the combination appears on it with the study Sportspace were already at the Geneva Salon 2015 taster, was not even informed . ( hd )