All-New Kia Optima Render Reflects What Little We Know

Kia have already begun testing the next-generation Optima sedan, leaving prototypes heavily camouflaged in key areas such as the front end, exterior door panels and rear fascia. Still, we can make one or two things out about its silhouette.

For starters, we’re actually dealing with a whole new design language, albeit nothing revolutionary. For example, Kia will continue to use its familiar grille design, but featuring a more three-dimensional look.

What can we expect?

According to the company’s design boss, one Byung Chul Juh, the next Optima will have a look that’s “not extreme, but progressive with a strong brand identity.” He then went on to say that the design language will reflect the Korean automaker’s “innovative, young, challenging, iconic and cool” character.

He also claims that the car will feature “unexpected details”, but it’s obvious that we shouldn’t expect anything radical compared to the current iteration.

Also read: 2020 Hyundai Sonata And Next-Gen Kia Optima Could Get All-Wheel Drive System

With this render by Kolesa, we can see a relatively accurate reproduction of previously-seen spy images, with regards to the car’s window line, since it’s the only styling feature that’s exposed. As far as front and rear designs, that’s mostly a guessing game (aside from the bumper-mounted license plate holder), but the render does stay within the parameters of being “progressive”.

Speaking of progress, the car will reportedly gain an electronically-controlled AWD system. According to Korean outlet ETNEWS, the system will be able to actively distribute forces based on factors such as acceleration, speed and so on. The next-gen Optima is also rumored to have an Eco mode for improved fuel economy, as well as a Sport mode.

Even though no official statements have been made regarding a launch date, it’s possible that we’ll get to see the 5th-gen Optima before the end of this year.

  • ME

    It seems Hyundai is designing more attractive vehicles compared to Kia these days. The same is true with the above.

  • TheAmerican2point0

    What is progressive styling?

  • Toronado_II

    Headlights and tailights are a bit thin.

  • Liam Paul

    that design is nice but it’s only an evolutionary design of the current design and not new in design like the new Sonata that is revolutionary in design.. I would buy the kia as it appears though because sometimes evolutionary is better than revolutionary sometimes, though design wise as far as the sonata that is revolutionary , it worked

  • no25

    I mean it’s just a photoshop of the current model with design elements from other vehicles – I wouldn’t call it a render. I think the design will be more of a statement and resemble more of the Stinger.

  • WalthamDan

    It still doesn’t capture the spirit of the 3rd generation which put this nameplate on the map. When they added the 3rd window on the side behind the rear door it extended the profile look and lost the previous athletic stance that played so well. It became too common in appearance.

    • charlotteharry57

      And I still see a ton of the 3rd gen on the road. Hardly ever see a 4th gen.

  • charlotteharry57

    No, no, no. The changes will be more comprehensive than this. Just look at the C-pillar in the camoed shots; it’s all-new. I think the guy at Kia was trying to say that the changes won’t be as drastic as the Sonata, but not this tame.

  • Dave Sturge

    Kia always had a more conservative design language than Hyundai. But I guess there’s a market for that too. Kinda like how the Optima is evolving. Liking the new Forte too more than its sister car, the Elantra with it’s odd-looking triangle headlights.

  • No

  • Maykel

    They got the roof line and side view mirrors right, rest are too far off.

  • bd0007

    A rather poor rendering as renderings go.

  • PK

    you just can’t trust the rendering sometimes. gotta see it in official look or in person to judge.

  • Bige Lee

    So… FWD sedan Stinger.

  • Sybill Julian

    generic cool

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