Kia has today confirmed that its new Optima sedan will be sold in Australia with two distinct looks, mirroring the approach taken in the Korean market.
Headlining the range will be the turbocharged sports model revealed in April, while a more tame look will feature on lower grades.
That less aggressive, less ‘blingy’ look was first revealed in March, when an uncamouflaged Korean-market Optima - known there as the K5 - was spied on the roads of Seoul during filming for a new TV advertisement.
Although buyers of the Optima Turbo will be treated to a performance look with large silver-trimmed ports and a Mercedes-inspired diamond grille garnish, those opting for the ‘regular’ models will still get a sporting look.
The model spied in March, which could come here as a new SLi or Platinum model below the hero Turbo, features a sports-styled front bumper, large alloy wheels and a visible exhaust tip at the rear.
Those models are expected to be driven by a 138kW and 241Nm 2.4 litre petrol engine, while the Optima Turbo will get a 2.0 litre engine producing 180kW and 350Nm.
The debut of that top Turbo model should make the Optima a compelling option for those shopping in the midsized sedan market, matching the Sonata Turbo’s outputs and bettering the 177kW/345Nm engine of the top-shelf Ford mondeo.
Australian buyers can also look forward to the new model being put through the company’s ongoing localised tuning programme, optimising the Optima for our roads.
Watch for the new Optima to hit Australia later this year. Stay tuned to TMR for our ‘first drive’ review.
Note: live photos via The Korean Car Blog.