We got word over a new design for the 2021 Kia Optima ahead of the 2020 Kia Optima over the summer. Although Kia Motors has yet to give us a whole lot to go on, overseas in their home country of South Korea, the current promo images they’re advertising for the Kia K5 have piqued our interest. Why? Because “K5” is actually the name given to the Kia Optima in the South Korean market. Yeah, we have your interest now. If all goes well, even these virtual renderings of the new K5 could become reality.
Kia K5 Renderings
Yes, they’re sadly renderings, so it’s unclear how much the new K5 and 2021 Kia Optima will look at launch. Previously, we only had the below image to go on. It’s definitely an Optima in that picture, but these renders make the Optima look a lot more like the Kia Stinger – not that we’re complaining. The automaker is also going for a bit of a futuristic look and feel inside and out, and if the automaker’s claims to become the next all-electric automaker is anything to go by, the K5 render backs that up with a near-absent grille (seen above).
Starting with the front fascia, that’s one aggressive looking sports car. The angular headlights give the front of the vehicle a mean expression, and the daytime running lights follow the same style. Kia Motors says this the face of the new “Tiger Face”, replacing the tiger-nose grille that they’re known for. If unsure you’ve ever seen it, here’s an example of the 2019 Kia Optima tiger-nose grille.
Kia Motors say future models will have a similar design to the K5 rendering, and if so, then the U.S. model of the new Kia Optima should look just as sharp. In the rear of the vehicle, the taillights are LED and connected by an illuminated strip of light along the width of the trunk. We’re pretty sure Kia Motors won’t be producing a vehicle with a missing B-pillar, as seen in the following image. Whether it looks cool or not, they weren’t called “suicide doors” for nothing.
Going inside the Kia K5 promo and the interior is looking just as futuristic as the exterior. If these renderings come to life, we can expect an entirely digital center console, including a digital instrument cluster and an extra-wide infotainment screen. Fewer buttons will clutter up the dashboard and it seems like the gearshift is being replaced by a rotary dial shifter, also growing in popularity. It all looks pretty clean, but we’re curious why Kia Motors doesn’t make use of the Human Machine Interface (HMI) in their learning-based smart cruise control or Augmented Reality (AR) windshield technology. Perhaps such tech isn’t made for the Kia Optima. After all, Kia Motors is adamant about keeping the Optima in the midsize sedan category.
Again, renderings are never 100-percent and we don’t want to get anyone’s hopes up. That being said, if this is what the new 2021 Kia Optima looks like, we can’t wait for 2020 to be over with. Check out the current Kia Optima model at Miami Lakes Kia and join the discussion about the new look on Miami Lakes Kia social media.