2016 Kia Optima to be previewed with a Geneva bound concept, teased - IAB Report

10/02/2015 - 17:24 | ,  ,   | Paranjay Dutt

Concept created at European design studio in Frankfurt.

Kia Motors has just released a picture of a D-Segment concept that will be showcased at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show next month. It's likely to be the design precursor to the fourth-generation, 2016 Kia Optima sedan.

The company says the concept is designed at its European design studio based in Frankfurt, Germany. When the teaser is given a dose of extra exposure, it confirms a redesigned front end, a lower roofline, and a new quarter rear window.

2016 Kia Optima concept teased side Geneva Motor Show
The concept appears to be lower and sleeker in comparison to the current Optima.

Compared to the current generation Optima, the concept sits lower, the headlamp appears to have LED units, the radiator grille look sleeker, it gets lower profile tyres and larger wheels, the side vent is re-positioned while the the quad fog-lamps have been omitted.

The current Optima was showcased at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2013 in the facelifted form with subtle additions and an enhanced features list. The car was originally launched in 2011, and is based on the Sonata/i40 platform.

2016 Kia Optima concept teased side enhanced
The radiator grille looks slimmer, while the quad fog-lamp arrangement has been nixed.

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Engine options on the current car include a 160 hp 2.4-litre GDI petrol, a 2-litre turbocharged GDI petrol that makes 178 hp, and a hybrid (2.4-litre GDI engine mated to a 47 hp motor). Gearbox options include 6-speed automatic and manual units. While the engines may not be upgraded, expect the new 7-speed DCT to find a place on the incoming model.

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