The 2014 Kia Optima has been unveiled at the 2013 New York Auto Show. The facelift is minor, and it remains to be seen if this US-spec design applies to cars coming to the GCC from Korea.
The new front fascia has repositioned LED lighting above the headlights, while new quad-LED foglights on the redone front bumper seem to be optional. At the rear, Kia has redesigned the LED taillamps a bit.
Other changes to the Optima for 2014 include two new displays inside the cabin -– a 4.3-inch TFT display in the gauge cluster and an optional 8-inch high-resolution screen on the centre-console for navigation and infotainment data. There are also new seats inside, thanks to complaints about the flat seats in the outgoing model. Optional new safety features include blind-spot monitoring and cross-traffic alert.
The engines have not been changed, although the American market already do get better direct-injection engines than what you see in showrooms around UAE and Saudi Arabia. It remains to be seen how many of these features make it to GCC-spec models, and if Kia continues with the old motors here.
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