2021 Kia Optima / K5 Rendered Based On Official Sketches

Kia’s all-new 2021 Optima, called K5 in its home market, is gearing up for the next decade and based on official sketches shared by the Korean automaker, it will morph into more of a sloped-roof four-door coupe, or fastback if you will.

The new model is scheduled to debut in December, featuring not only a new shape, but also a more contemporary design language with aggressive headlight graphics and a recessed grille making up the so-called Tiger Face. These elements have been reproduced in the following speculative renders by Kolesa, which show a more production-ready version of the car we saw in those sketches.

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At the back, the new Optima will feature a full-length taillight design, with a chrome bar on top. The graphics are separated into small segments that get narrower as they approach the boot lid badge. The CGI artist even applied that thick molding we saw on the C-pillar, in the form of a chrome accent that surrounds the rear window.

Regardless if it ends up looking just like this, we’re pretty sure that the Optima will be better equipped than ever to deal with the likes of the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, Nissan Altima, Ford Fusion, Chevy Malibu and the rest of the non-premium midsize saloon segment. In 2019, the Optima was only the 7th best-selling nameplate in its class, so there’s definitely room to grow.

As for the interior, the sketches show a driver-oriented cockpit setup with a digital gauge cluster next to a large infotainment display. Kia says that the 2021 Optima’s AVN (Audio Video Navigation) system will provide users with a futuristic image quality in three dimensions.


  • TB Creative

    I’ve seen the leaked 3-D renders, so I know this is what the 2021 Optima looks like…YAWN. I’m really not digging the Black Lightening-style lights. I think the all-new 2020 Sonata is more exciting, but I’ll keep my 2011 Optima…

  • willhaven

    That looks bland as hell.

  • sidewaysspin

    The frontend looks interesting and original, very much doubt they would take such risk but who knows since asian cars tend to look like alien spaceships sometimes.

  • Alduin

    Yikes this doesn’t look good at all. The 2011-2015 was light years nicer than this thing.

  • Bash

    So is it a hatch or has a normal sedan type trunk opening?

  • Bonni Gari Leksmana

    A7 wannabe…

  • charlotteharry57

    Well, it’s better looking than the Sonata, but that’s not saying much. The front is not great, but the rest of it looks OK.

  • WalthamDan

    I love where they are going with the recessed grille, but it is ruined with the headlight graphics. Still hating the use of the extended chrome strip through the back. An odd piece is the missed alignment of the hood side cut to the bottom of the side windows. It would have been more fluid if that had all aligned.

    Overall it looks sportier and slightly higher end than the current bland version which failed after the fantastic earlier series. This is a lot better than what Hyundai has done to the new Sonata.

  • Thetruthísntalwayspopular

    Kia has some good designs but that headlamp is too tryhard.

  • jason wu

    another example of designer’s self-ego went overboard.

  • rodriguez256

    Hmmm, I think I actually like this.

  • Quinton

    I bet BMW wishes they would’ve thought of that front fascia design first.

  • Paulbe

    Lincoln MKZ in a halloween mask?

  • pcurve

    I take back what I said about this being a lift/hatch… 😡

  • Matt

    I’m now picturing the circle k (gas station) logo

  • eh it could be worse. atlest it doesn’t have a

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