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2010 New York Auto Show: 2011 Kia Optima

 
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2011 Kia Optima

The affordable large car segment is starting to get just a little overcrowded, and in a time where customers all around the world are downsizing to smaller midsize models, performance, fuel-economy and overall value is now more important than ever. South Korea’s entrants in this field have been winning plenty of accolades lately, especially newcomers like the Hyundai Genesis and recently revealed Kia Cadenza, but Kia is working on another large car that by the looks of things will only continue this trend.

The all-new 2011 Kia Optima is set to make its world debut this April at the 2010 New York Auto Show and in the lead up to the unveiling the first images of the car have been released, including this new shot of the interior. Hopefully the curvaceous and muscular body, LED tail-lamps and sporty profile will help to erase the boring whitegoods-on-wheels look of the current Optima.

The Optima will remain Kia’s flagship and in keeping with this positioning the car gets a longer wheelbase than the current model. It will also be wider and sit lower.

Power will come from up to six different Theta II family engines (depending on market), with Kia's first application of GDI direct injection technology offering up to 278 horsepower. All transmissions for the new Kia Optima, both manual and automatic, will have six speeds.

The 2011 Kia Optima will go on sale this fall. For more details, check out Marty Padgett's report over at TheCarConnection.com.

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  1. Considering Hyundai/Kia's current track record, this promises to bee a good looking, fuel efficient, and competitive vehicle.
     
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  2. I don't know what some of you are looking at, but I find the design of the Magentis to be fantastic! The styling is so flowing and sleek. Now, if it were just not a Kia! All I can think of is a clunky Optima underneath that sleek shell.
     
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  3. Cue the people who will claim Kia stole certain design cues from others. Personally I think this is a good looking design, proves how fast the Koreans have come and that it was smart to poach an Audi designer.
     
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  4. God love em' there having a go. i love the fact that brands like kia and hyundai r trying to be better looking, it means that you can get a cheap car that actually looks half decent lol but i hope they dont think they can compete with more expensive brands.... that will never happen.
     
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  5. Peter Schreyer has totally changed the face of Kia in a very good and progressive way.
    The car has a lot of original design themes and the petrol/hybrid engines specs seems to be the right choice.
     
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  6. I really like this car. However, since it's the sister car for the Sonata, which only uses 4 cyl, I don't see how the Optima would get a pair of V6 choices. I think it's more likely to use the same engines as the Sonata. Maybe a single V6 to stand apart for Hyundai.
     
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  7. Looks amazing, considering where it is from and Kia's slowly changing image. Hyundai has been so successful with changing perception, and now Kia is on the move. To think these cars were simply disposable just a few years ago, and now they are making vehicles people actually want to buy -- Kudos.
     
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  8. Kia has really stepped up its game of late. I like the styling of this car. I think I will have mass appeal. It looks like a cross between a sports car and luxury vehicle. Plus I'm sure the price tag will make it appealing.
     
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  9. Not sure why the author keeps saying the Kia will get V6s. It is the sister car for the Sonata which only will get 4cyls and a turbo. Why would the Kia get a V6? Even the carconnection article mentioned in the article above says odds are the Kia will only get 4cyl.
     
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  10. The Kia might get the V6 to differeniate itself from its Hyundai brother. Remember Kia is trying to become the youthful sporty brand, while Hyundai is becoming sporty affordable luxury.
     
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  11. WOW!! this OPTIMA sures looks good. Hyundai/KIA are coming a long way. I sat in a Genesis and man was I compeled. Also, sat in the SONATA and man was I blown away. I am due to buy a vehicle in the next 12 months and its getting harder with entries like this. Being and owner of an 02 MCS Mini I got to give the KOREANS as we use to say in the NAVY "Bravo Zulu" shipmates!!
     
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  12. Oops I goofed up with ealier entry. WOW!! this OPTIMA sures looks good. Hyundai/KIA are coming a long way. I sat in a Genesis and man was I compeled. Also, sat in the SONATA and man was I blown away. I am due to buy a vehicle in the next 12 months and its getting harder with entries like this. Being and owner of an 02 MCS Mini I got to give the KOREANS as we use to say in the NAVY "Bravo Zulu" shipmates!!
     
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  13. The interior reminds me a bit of the all-new Saab 9-5, especially the wrap-around dash design.
     
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  14. Wow! A KIA I would actually really consider buying! This looks better than the new Sonata, IMO. Looks like luring in the old Audi designer is really paying off for KIA. Plus, it sounds like the Optima will also be getting the 2.4 liter turbo 4 banger. Really impressed!
    @adamk -
    I also agree that the interior resembles the new Saab 9-5.
     
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  15. That's a great looking SAAB!
     
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  16. Indeed I reckon the car and dashboard were very SAABish. Good execution, stylistically more daring than the Sonata (which in itself is not a bad car) and more adventurous than the (already good-looking) Cerato/Forte/Koup cars. Event the seats don't look "me-too." If their quality control keeps on improving, it isn't the sudden acceleration issue that will kill Toyota, it's their styling.
     
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  17. Definitely Saab/Audi mixture for the cabin, which can only be a good thing.
     
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  18. DUDE this car looks good! Good job KIA (Hyundai)!
     
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  19. "...direct injected 2.4-liter engine with 278 horsepower"
    TYPO?
     
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  20. Please let this car have decent leg room with the steering wheel properly positioned from the seat. The forte Sux for driving position.
     
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  21. I like this car! Another thing that is fueling the acceptance of Kia is their generous 5 Year /60,000 Mile comprehensive and 10 year / 100,000 mile drivetrain warranties.
     
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  22. Beautiful looking car, haven't seen one in Australia as yet, might have to go to a dealer and check one out
     
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