Ooooh la la, we finally get to see the 2020 Kia Optima in all its glory! Well, not every detail exactly, but more details have been revealed and that’s cause for celebration. We got a look at the new 2021 Kia Optima in November 2019, but no one could really get too jazzed up about it. After all, Kia Motors was still teasing us with renderings of the new model, but at least the latest information confirmed that a lot of the early concept renderings made it into the final production model. The new Optima is looking pretty rad, and Kia Motors just revealed new information about the upcoming fastback sedan – we’re going to see a lot of new technology.
Yes, yes, and more yes! That’s what we want to hear. Kia Motors has recently stated that the new-generation Kia Optima is bolder, feature-packed, more technologically driven with more safety features and connectivity options. We’re still waiting for Kia to release a good look at the cabin and what the center console for the new Kia Optima looks like, but still no sneak peeks. Even so, Kia Motors has shared plenty of details, stating that the dashboard will be wider and the cabin will feature soft-touch materials. Across the center console, a new 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster will be installed, along with a wide touchscreen display that is physically attached to the instrument cluster, situated in front of the driver.
There are also some nifty technological additions to the cabin. Kia will be offering the upgrade option of a 10.25-inch touchscreen and for the first-time ever, a powerful 12-speaker BOSE surround-sound audio system. The outside of the new 2021 Kia Optima definitely has a striking appearance and the interior cabin definitely has enough upgrades to match. For a little personalization upon entry, the cabin has a mood lighting feature with soft ambient light emitting from panels in the doors and crash pad. There’s also wireless phone charging, but all of this is pretty standard for the top-tier vehicles today, right?
That’s why the 2021 Kia Optima takes technology a step further. The 2021 Kia Optima also comes with an optional 8.0-inch head-up display that projects driving information onto a small glass panel clearly in the driver’s line of sight. This allows them to keep an eye on numerous vehicle information at once, including the car’s numerous driver assistance technologies, details of vehicle speed, and turn-by-turn navigation instructions – all without taking their eyes off the road. Finally, the pièce de résistance would have to be the new voice command system that allows the driver to control a range of features in the car, including climate control; the windows; heating up the steering wheel, seats and rear glass; and the audio system.
Even more technology comes with the range of passive and active safety and driver-assist systems offered on the 2021 Kia Optima. With Kia’s Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), consumers will get a ton of advanced safety features like Forward Collision-avoidance Assist (FCA), Blind-spot View Monitor (BVM) with Surround View Monitor (SVM) and Blind-spot Collision-avoid Assist (BCA), Smart Cruise Control (SCC) or Navigation-based SCC (NSCC), Lane Following Assist (LFA), Driver Attention Warning (DAW), Highway Driving Assist (HDA), and Lane Following Assist (LFA). That last one is a ‘level two’ autonomous driving technology that controls the steering depending on the vehicles in front, using a camera to monitor road markings and keeping the vehicle in center. Lastly, for the first-time-ever, Kia Motors is debuting their new Remote Smart Parking Assist (RSPA) technology with the 2020 Kia Optima, a feature that allows drivers to move their car autonomously out of a front-and-back parking space remotely with their key fob. Sounds like a testing phase for the automated valet parking system Kia Motors and Hyundai Motors are working on.
The 2021 Kia Optima is shaping up to be one heck of a car. Follow along with us on Miami Lakes Kia social media to learn more.