We can’t say we’re too surprised that the 2021 Kia Optima is getting a bit of a makeover. After the 2019 Kia Optima was released with little changes, the old sedan was starting to show its age. In an effort to bring it back to the forefront of the Kia Motors full compact car lineup, the next model year will show come with a few changes. After our comparison of the 2018 Kia Stinger and the 2018 Kia Optima, we’re curious how the two will match up in the 2020/2021 model year.
2020 Kia Optima Preview
Kia Motors has been talking a lot about its SUVs and crossovers ever since the 2020 Kia Telluride took center stage. Now is the perfect time for a makeover while no one’s looking at the sedans and coupes that are also a part of the Kia Motors lineup. Set for 2021, the new Kia Optima design will feature a new sporty front and rear fascia. Highlighting this look are slanted headlights inspired by the overseas Kia Ceed and a full-width LED taillight bar.
The overall design of the Optima has changed as well. It no longer looks like a sedan. If anything, judging by the picture above, it’s certainly starting to take on some sports car undertones. Kia Motors Designer Byungchul Juh has gone on record stating that the Kia Optima for 2020 is just the beginning for Kia Motors working towards a completely fresh design approach for future vehicles.
“[The new Kia Optima will feature] unexpected details, and influences from general product design, cars, architecture, and fine art…[it will be] young, challenging and cool. Even cooler than before.” – Byungchul Juh
With vehicles like the new 2020 Kia Soul stealing the spotlight when it comes to smaller vehicles in the lineup, the 2021 Kia Optima has some competition within its ranks. Shown off during the automaker’s new marketing campaign, The New Species of Soul, the 2020 Kia Soul has three trims in the spotlight – the Kia Soul GT, the Kia Soul X, and the Kia Soul EX Designer from the new EX Designer Collection. Yeah, Kia Motors isn’t only adding GT cars to the lineup. Select vehicles will also be getting an X trim that offers a more adventurous lifestyle with a more rugged look, fog lights, a rounded grille, unique wheels, and a roof rail on the Kia Soul X. Moreover, the EX Designer Collection is slowly adding vehicles to the ranks for an appearance package upgrade.
We wonder if the 2021 Kia Optima will also be bringing a few new tricks. A Kia Optima GT? Or maybe something nice for budget buyers who want a little more than what the EX can offer without breaking $30k. Although the no powertrain specs nor details about the interior of the new 2021 Kia Optima have been revealed, sources have speculated about a 2.5-liter turbocharged engine, a dual-clutch, eight-speed automatic transmission, optional all-wheel drive, and a new dashboard and cabin design similar to that of the new Kia Telluride. The 2021 Kia Optima is sounding fancy already.
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