Kia, the South Korean automobile giant is nowadays also gaining popularity throughout the world with its outstanding products. In recent past, this automobile producer has come into the limelight with its world-class sedan, which is known as ‘optima’. However, there were some demands from its customers regarding its engine, look and other aspects. Addressing this demand of their esteemed customers, Kia is all set to launch its 2018 Kia Optima in the coming days. Till now its official launch date is not announced but it is expected to hit the market in the 4th quarter of 2017.
2018 Kia Optima: Powertrain options
Upcoming 2018 Kia Optima should have 3 different Powertrains to power the car. Combined with the great ride and handling this model will be pleasant for the drive while will also be capable of adding some excitement to the ride as well.
A 2.4-liter inline-4 direct-injected engine will churn out around 185 HP coupled with 178 lb-ft of torque.
A 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine will provide more fun to the drive with 245 HP along with 260 lb-ft torque. These engines will work with the 6-speed automatic transmission.
Another option will be the 1.6-liter turbocharged 4-cyl. engine, which will have 178 HP and 195 lb-ft torque combined with the 7-speed dual-clutch transmission.
With these engines, this car will be pretty much able to compete with the rival sedans in terms of speed, fuel efficiency and acceleration.
Probable Configuration of 2018 Kia Optima
2018 Kia optima should arrive in 5 different variants to soothe the demand of each prospect buyer.
The LX is the lowest variant of 2018 Optima. It will cost approximately $22,500 and it will come with the 2.4-liter engine. It will offer features like the keyless entry, 6-way power seats, alloy wheels, rear camera cruise control, etc. This trim can be enriched with three additional packages. They add a 7-inch smartphone compatible infotainment interface, heated seats, memory setting, blind-spot and parking assist, etc.
The next trim will come with the 1.6-liter engine, keyless ignition, leather-wrapped steering wheel and two optional packages. They will add features like the heated, leather seats, upgraded headlights, dual-zone climate control, upgraded 8-inch touchscreen interface, etc.
The EX versions will include leather upholstery, unique 17-inch wheels, heated front row, wood accents, dual-zone climate control, etc. The Premium package will upgrade this trim. It will add the moonroof, ventilating seat function, heated rear seats, premium Harman Kardon sound system, etc. Available will also be adaptive cruise control, and automatic emergency braking.
Two top versions SX and SXL will add unique exterior and interior trim inserts. Two packages will also be available with them. They will include features like the 18-inch alloy wheels, heated and ventilated seats, Nappa leather padding, 12-way power driver seat, premium sound system, etc.
With these large varieties in configuration, this car is all set to fulfill the demand of each customer.
2018 Kia Optima: Availability, Price
With the plethora of features and affordable price range 2018 Kia Optima will give a good competition to the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry. It should arrive by the end of this year. The price will reach $38, 000 in its range-topping configuration.