Could It Be That Kia Is Already Testing The Next-Gen Optima?

The fourth-gen Optima, or as it’s known in Korea and China, the K5, has been with us since 2015. Last year, Kia introduced a facelifted version, so this should be enough for around two or three years, right?

This could help explain this test mule, as the automaker could already be working on a different iteration. Spied testing in its homeland not long ago, with the pics shared by Bobaedream, the car was wearing some heavy camouflage meant to hide its design details.

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While the overhangs seem to be the same, there are some visual differences compared to the 2019 K5/Optima. The headlamps and taillights appear to have a different pattern, the rear license plate is now found in the bumper instead of the boot lid, a move that has led to other design changes, and the C pillars have a different shape.

Does this indicate that Kia has already started working on the next-gen model? Anything’s possible, including a more significant makeover of the outgoing one. And given the pace at which they have created this prototype, less than a year after the facelifted K5 broke cover locally, we wouldn’t be surprised if the next generation arrives as early as 2020.

We will definitely keep a close watch on the Korean market’s K5, as that’s where it will likely launch at first, previewing the Optima destined for other markets such as the U.S.

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  • charlotteharry57

    Well they darn well better have this thing nearly done because it’s due at auto shows a year from now. The sister – all-new Sonata is due at either the NAIAS (NEXT WEEK) or the New York Show in March as a 2020. It’s been very cleverly hidden from view, so this one’s a GREAT catch. The next Optima will be a 2021. Beginning development? Hardly. It’s almost done and should be by now.


      most likely New York Auto Show

    • bd0007

      The greenhouse/rear window panel treatment is diff. (an improvement) from the current model, which took a step back from its 3G TF predecessor.

      Hopefully, the front and rear fascias go back to more the cleaner, but yet more aggressive looking design of the 3G as opposed to current look.

  • no25

    There have been several brands that offer a facelift and then a year (rather than two or three) later they show the redesigned model. But with that being said, you can tell this is the Optima from that awful chrome bar that extends from the side windows to the trunk.


    Why are korean cars positioning their license plate down to the bumper??

    • charlotteharry57

      It’s just because the model name is spread across the trunklid, so out of necessity. Purely styling, no other reason.


        that’s understandable

  • Bae Young

    The car occupies more space than their building


    stinger-inspired exterior is possible

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