2018 Kia Optima Gets Styling, Tech And Engine Updates | Geneva Images

It’s barely been two years since Kia rolled out the current Optima. But the Korean automaker is already giving it a bit of an update – shown here for European markets following its rollout back home.

The refreshed Optima benefits from a new front bumper (and rear bumper on the sedan version), along with a chrome-trimmed tiger-nose grille, and new head, tail, and fog lamps.

The cabin is also spruced up with a new steering wheel, satin-chrome trim, and upholstery options. There’s a new drive-mode selector, with ambient lighting either switching with the mode selected or manually selectable.

GT Line and GT models feature new LED fog lamps as well, along with gloss-black exterior accents, fresh interior trim, and dual exhaust tips.

A new shade of red is introduced with the updated model, and there are new wheel choices across the board. The manufacturer has taken the opportunity to updated the advanced driver assistance features, too. But the bigger change may be under the hood, where Kia is offering new engine options.

A 1.6-liter diesel replaces the current 1.7-liter unit, and there’s a 1.6-liter turbo with 177 horsepower, slotting in between the base 2.0-liter engine and the top-of-the-line, 242-horse GT performance model.

Both sedan and wagon versions will continue to be offered. They’re set to be unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show next week before reaching dealers across Europe later this year. Expect similar revisions to make their way into the American model as well, but we’ll have to wait for official confirmation on that bit.

Post has been updated with live images from the show

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Live image credits Guido ten Brink / SB-Medien

  • Rocket

    That wagon sure would look good on American roads. Too bad.

    • Infinite1

      +1

      • Christian

        Nah…They should make a Pickup version of the Optima and something like a 6-liter V8 for us Americans! No one wants a mommy mobile… I want too have that gavin mcinnes look, you know!

        • Benjamin B.

          lol Hyundai is making a ute based off the Tuscon crossover utility for you

  • ZYGIUS

    Looks good, for eeem…. 2013

  • Only thing that lets the otherwise smart interior down is the 90’s gear sector. Come on, everyone else changed that many years ago.

    • danno

      Oh, you mean the fancy new selectors that people cant figure out and then the vehicle runs over people. Why fix something that’s not broken?

      • Lol, no I mean something with exactly the same function and ergonomics but more aesthetically pleasing. This one looks like something you’d land a plane with 🙂

        • Nordschleife

          I just looked at that because of your post and I can definitely agree that’s like a 1990’s grearshift.

    • ZYGIUS

      Audi didnt

    • ace_9

      That’s actually a thrust lever…

  • Rot

    Perfect. Nice job!

  • Infinite1

    Love the interior minus the gear shifter

  • TheHake

    Damn fine looking car this!

  • EXCEPT FOR THE TRENDY SHINY BLACK PLASTIC TRIM IT LOOKS GOOD.

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