The 2021 Model of Kia Optima sedan is stylishly overhauled to make the driver look and feel rich. From its headlights and cutting edge technology, you may find this sedan totally fascinating. Kia’s lineup was attributed as cheap looking car to move around but not anymore as the Korean automaker and Hyundai have been successfully innovating and doing away with that stereotype for many years now. If you are abrest with what is happening at Kia, you would have read or seen the scintillating Kia Telluride SUV- an SUV that disappoint those that already stereotyped Kia vehicles.
Depending on the market, the K5 will be offered with the new 178-hp 1.6-liter Smartstream turbocharged I-4 ( paired with 8-speed automatic transmission – a 1st for Kia) which generates 180hp and 195 lb-ft touque), 2.5-liter turbo, and high-performance version of the 2.5-liter for the GT and Hybrid and 2.0-liter naturally aspirated four-cylinder for Korean Market. The upgrade from a six-speed transmission provides seamless shifting, and the car has a new rotary dial electronic gear shift. The K5 in some markets will still get a six-speed. Changing drive modes did not produce vastly different experiences with the exception of Sport.
The GT trim will have the high-performance 2.5-liter Smartstream turbocharged engine that gets 290-hp and 310-lb-ft of torque and Kia’s new eight-speed wet dual-clutch automatic. Kia says the GT will go from 0 to 60 mph in about 6.6 seconds. The Smartstream engine family will also expand to include a 3.5-liter for larger vehicles. The 1.6-liter is the first engine with the Korean-developed CVVD, which stands for Continuously Variable Valve Duration, and adjusts how long the valve is open. It made its debut on the Hyundai Sonata, and the K5 is the first Kia to incorporate the technology. Kia Engineers say the valve timing of their system differs from others on the market and can accommodate Miller, Atkinson, and Otto cycles to cover the gamut from hybrids to turbos. Perfect timing is designed to provide high torque when needed for performance as well as efficiency by maximizing fuel economy during low-rpm driving. The result is a 4% improvement in performance and 5% greater fuel efficiency while reducing emissions by 12%. Interior:
The cabin is relatively quiet, with little road noise. Material choices include one of the nicer wood trim, two-tone black and tan leather with contrast stitching. Cloth will also be available in the K5. Light bars on the dash and doors change color with drive modes: purple for Comfort, green for Eco, red for Sport, blue for Smart. There is also a Custom drive mode.
The 12.3-inch instrument cluster in front of the driver has mood themes that vary with the weather. The wide infotainment screen is attached to the instrument cluster. The larger 10.25-inch infotainment screen is optional. The system covers functions from navigation (giving directions, lane assist info, warns of speed bumps, warns drivers of pedestrian, collision warning zone, notification of a wildlife preservation area etc, and stereo to heating and cooling controls. There is an optional 8.0-inch head-up display. Kia strategically placed USB and power outlets near the wireless charging pad up front, and there are more outlets for the rear passengers. The K5 match navigation to cruise control so that the car speeds up or slows down in accordance with speed limits, but the system will not be offered in the U.S. In addition to Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, the Optima will be available with a premium 12-speaker Bose audio system.
Exterior Instead of looking like a traditional sedan, it has a long, swept fastback profile similar to the one found on the 2020 Hyundai Sonata, and Audi’s sportback models. The front of the car has sharply bent LED daytime running lights that snake up next to the head and a large front opening, Kia refers to the new front styling as “tiger nose evolution,”.
In the rear, the taillights now stretch fully across the rear of the boot, a design detail not found on any other current Kia vehicles yet. Wheel sizes will range between 16 and 18 inches, with the GT model getting its own 19-inch wheel design along with more aggressive design elements and dual exhaust. The 2021 K5 is an inch wider, 2.0 inches longer, and 0.8 inch lower than its predecessor. Kia claims its 112.2-inch wheelbase is the longest in the segment. It means ample headroom and legroom in both the front and rear seats. The platform provides a stiffer body and chassis in a vehicle that has dropped some weight with greater use of high-strength, lightweight steel.
Lane-following assist and highway-driving assist have been added, which keeps the K5 centered in its lane and combines with adaptive cruise control to make highway driving easier. A blind spot monitor system also debuts and will make use of the new 12.3-inch instrument display. But there is one new addition that isn’t: remote smart parking assist. This allows the driver to move the car out of a front-and-back parking space with the key fob, in case the doors are blocked or the space is too tight. Price: The 2021 Optima going on sale in USA in the second half of 2020. We shall expect it in Nigeria anytime from then. Kia also hasn’t said how much the car will cost or elaborated on what trim levels will be available when it goes on sale. We expect it to start in the mid-$20,000 (N7,240,000) range, which aligns with the entry-level Sonata. Kia is known to give warranty of 5 years or 60,000miles and powertrain warranty of 10 years or 100,000 miles and the 2021 Kia Optima customers is sure to have such warranty.