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Tony O'Kane | Sep, 25 2014 | 5 Comments

Kia's new Optima sedan has been spied testing again this week, shaving back a little of the camouflage that obscures its all-new styling.

Few details can be seen through the body cladding, but expect the front end to carry elements of Kia's Quoris/K9 large sedan.

The side profile also reveals that the current Optima's rising beltline has been deleted to give rear passengers a better view outside, though the size and shape of the door apertures appears unchanged.

The chrome accent that runs over the tops of the doors and down the C-pillar looks like it will carry over too, and what we can glimpse of the rear suggests that some details - like the shape of the bootlid and the twin oval tailpipes - won't change much from the current Optima.

Inside there will be a completely redesigned dashboard. The infotainment display has been moved slightly up, and the centre air outlets now sit between it and the ventilation controls.

The cupholders also no longer live under a retractable shutter, and now sit in tandem alongside the gear shifter.

As far as engines are concerned, the new Optima will likely make use of a range to petrol, diesel and petrol-electric hybrid four-cylinder powerplants.

The fact that one of these prototype vehicles was snapped while orbiting the Nurburgring Nordschliefe test track in Germany also indicates that Kia is putting a high priority on handling for the new Optima.

Expect to hear more about the new Kia Optima when it makes its official debut sometime in 2015.

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