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New Kia Optima first official photos

By SYF77 on 14 Mar 2010

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Kia is getting ready its all new D-segment offering, the Kia Optima (or Magentis in other markets such as Singapore). The new Optima is set to make its debut at the New York international Auto Show in April 2010.

The front fascia of the new Optima is evolutionary rather than revolutionary in my opinion. I've attached a front shot of the current Magentis for comparison. Having said that, it is a nice evolution with chiselled looks, displaying a purposeful stance.

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As usual, the popular "Shreyer grill" is found on the new optima. It is definitely more tasteful than the over-chromed grill of its cousin, the new Hyundai I45. Much like the recently-debuted Sportage, the new model is longer, wider, and lower. This, along with its longer wheelbase, will provide more space in order to go up against D-segment top dogs like the Passat, Camry, and Mondeo.

We can probably expect the new model to share its powertrains with the I45. For any official specs, we'll have to wait until Kia's ready but its should not be long.

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Written by SYF77
I have been a car fanatic since 1989, when my father was changing our family car then to a Toyota Corolla 1.6 GL fitted with a Twin Cam 16 valve engine that was carburetor-fed, a big deal back in those days. The automobile technology and industry fascinates me and I hope to broadcast these interesting developments to everyone out there through this blog.

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Pandaeyes Mar 15 2010 12:01 AM
The rendering pic looks better than in flesh though...
Green_carnation Mar 15 2010 08:37 AM
so optima is the so called k5.. and they hv a k7 which is the more luxurious one. The silver one in the pic looks more like k7..
Slonez Mar 15 2010 09:20 AM
Wow, looks stunning!
Forummer Mar 15 2010 10:07 AM
The first rendering pic has traits of the VW polo/gti for the front. The rear has hints of passat CC. Overall it's beautiful. Well done KIA. Wonder what will be the capacity if this car?
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