Kia Unwraps Larger, More Powerful Optima

Kia unwrapped the latest iteration of Optima at the New York International Auto Show from a larger box than was used for the previous generation mid-size sedan. ?The Optima sits on a 110-inch wheelbase, nearly 3 inches greater than that of the 2010 model and it gained an inch in width and 1.7 inches in overall length.
While the Optima shares chassis components, drivetrain and a few other components with its few month older brother the Hyundai Sonata, the Kia has a totally different body style and interior designed at Kia?s studios in Frankfurt and Irvine, Calif.

A 200-hp 2.4-liter four-cylinder is the engine most shoppers will chose, but rather than a conventional V-6 at the upgrade, Optima, like the Sonata, there will be a 274-hp, 2.4-liter turbo as an option.

Available in three well-appointed trims, LX, EX and SX, the 2011 Optima arrives at Kia dealers in the fall of 2010.

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