Published on August 26th, 2015 | by Subhash Nair0
Euro-Spec Kia Optima Revealed
The all-new Kia Optima will be unveiled in European specification at the Frankfurt International Motor Show on 15 September 2015.
The fourth-generation Optima, which will go on sale across Europe in Q4 2015, boasts a modern, new exterior, a bold interior design with more space for all occupants, an array of new technologies and a wide choice of efficient powertrains. The new model will offer greater refinement and improved ride and handling over the outgoing model, while retaining the sporty image that has helped Optima become one of Kia’s best-selling models worldwide.
The Kia Optima plays an important role in the Kia Motors Europe product line-up, introducing the brand to an increasing number of new customers. Since the third-generation model launched in 2011, with its distinctive look, high quality interior and high-tech image, the Optima has offered buyers something fresh and different in the D-segment.
The all-new Optima features the brand’s advanced new seven-speed double-clutch transmission (DCT), recently launched in the enhanced Kia cee’d and available exclusively on models fitted with the best-selling 1.7-litre CRDi diesel. Kia’s new DCT is capable of handling the higher torque outputs of the turbodiesel engine and has been engineered to offer a sportier driving experience with instant gear changes.
Kia’s new DCT has been developed in-house, engineered for low fuel consumption and a sporty driving feel when in manual mode, and with comfort and smoothness when left in automatic mode.
Drivers specifying the new DCT will benefit from faster gear changes than a traditional automatic transmission, as well as lower running costs. When equipped with the new DCT, the 1.7-litre CRDi engine sees its CO2 emissions drop to 116 g/km, a 40 g/km improvement over the outgoing Optima fitted with a six-speed automatic transmission. This 25% improvement to the car’s CO2 output ensures best-in-class emissions for a diesel automatic.
The 1.7-litre CRDi is also available with a six-speed manual transmission, while the 2.0-litre CVVL engine can be specified with either six-speed manual or automatic transmissions.