Kia Motors America unveiled a new version (2014 Model Year) of its popular Optima midsize sedan at the 2013 New York International Auto Show, and the changes are very evident.
The car, which is built at Kia’s West Point, GA. Facility, comes with front and rear fascias updated, whilst still maintaining the dynamic and sporty styling the Optima is known for.
The all-new 2014 Kia Optima comes in LX, EX, SX, and SX Limited trims, and with a host of premium amenities, it is a major player in the mid-size category.
It is expected that the 2014 Kia Optima will land in Kia showrooms during the third quarter, with pricing to be announced closer to that date.
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2014 Kia Optima styling changes
The mis-dize segment has long been dominated by function rather than desirability, but the facelifted Optima will deliver both with a perofect combination of style and substance at a great price.
Kia’s Frankfurt-based design team were in charge of refining the design of the Optima, and did so by improving the fascias in front and back, as well as the signatire tabbed grille.
The aerodynamic styling and bold stance are further accentuated with the updated rear diffusers and sweeping trunk lid.
Adding to the European-inspired design of the car are LED positioning fog lights in the front, and newly redesigned LED lamps in the rear.
Optima interior improvements & features
Improvents have also been made to the interior, thanks to the addition of many new high-tech features and amenities.
A push of the button ignition reveals a pair of new displays: a 4.3-inch TFT LCD instrument cluster and optional high-resolution 8-inch navigation and telematics screen, featuring UVO eServices, an 8-speaker Infinity sound system, HD Radio, SiriusXM, Satellite Radio and SiriusXM Traffic.
Comfort is assured thanks to all new seat designs. Peace of mind is also delivered in the 2014 Optima with the addition of safety features like the Blind Spot Detection System with rear parking sensors and rear cross-traffic alert.
Every trim level of the 2014 Kia Optima comes with an impressive selection of standard features.
The LX comes with dual exhaust with chrome tips, solar glass, exterior mirror turn signal indicators, front fog lights, exterior heated mirrors, chrome accented exterior door handles and new 16-inch alloy wheels fitted with 205/65R16 tires and a six-speed automatic transmission.
There is even more to be found on the LX trim, including larger 17-inch alloy wheels fitted with 215/55R17 tires, leather seats, 8-way power adjustable driver’s seat, and illuminated front cup holders.
The SX trim has such features as 18-inch polished alloy wheels with 225/45R18 tires, unique front and rear lower bumpers and side sills, aero wiper blades.
Moving up to the SX-T means the addition of HID headlights. At the top of the hep is the Limited trim, which delivers a touch of sportiness thanls to 18-inch chrome wheels, new LED fog lights, red brake calipers, an electronic parking brake, chrome accented side sills, and premium Nappa leather seats.
The 2014 optima comes with a pair of powerful Theta II engines with gasoline direct injection -GDI.
There is the 2.4L GDI four-cylinder or a 2.0L GDI turbo engine. Drivers also have the chance to opt for a 2.4-liter hybrid powertrain.
The LX, EX, and SX all come with the 2.4-liter GDI engine, while the SX can also come with the more powerful 2.0-liter turbo GDI engine.
The latter delivers power akin to a V6 and the efficiency of a 4-cylinder. Each of the engines fitted to the 2014 Optima facelift is mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission.