Kia has unveiled its freshly facelifted 2014 Optima sedan in New York this week, ahead of an Australian debut expected to occur early in 2014.
Shown here in US-market trim, the updated Optima picks up a handful of subtle but significant styling tweaks, along with a number of new features.
Design updates include revised headlights with integrated LED light strips, along with re-styled bumpers and a new stepped design to the LED-enriched tail-lights.
Depending on the trim grade, the 2014 Optima also offers the choice of Quoris-inspired LED positioning fog lights or - as with the current model - regular globes.
Inside, the US-market Optima gains a new 4.3 inch TFT LCD instrument cluster, along with an eight-inch navigation and options display in the centre of the dash.
A blindspot monitoring system joins the range as an optional extra, including rear cross-traffic alerts and rear parking sensors.
As before, US trim grades include the entry LX, mid-spec EX and top-shelf turbocharged SX-T - an engine option yet to make its way to Australian shores.
Depending on the grade, options include dual exhaust tips, eight-way adjustable seats, 16/17/18-inch alloy wheels, fabric or leather seat trim, and distinct exterior styling features.
A new Drive Mode Select system is also featured, made superior to Australia's Flex Steer system by offering not only steering-weight options, but also a set of variable transmission shift points.
An update to the Optima range is expected to hit Australia early in 2014.
Whether we'll see finally see the turbo model here remains to be seen, although Kia Australia is understood to be reviewing the option closely.