Kia Optima 2014 facelift unveiled
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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