2011 Kia Optima unveiled

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Today, Kia unveiled the all-new redesigned of the 2011 Kia Optima at the 2010 New York Auto Show. Kia kept it quiet and released only a few photos without any specs two weeks ago. Well, here it is, the new 2011 Kia Optima looks impressive. It share the same platform and powertrains with the 2011 Hyundai Sonata. The new 2011 Kia Optima features an aggressive front fascia with sleek rear end and side lines, especially, the BMW-like slit front fenders.

The 2011 Optima is available in three all-new and fuel-efficient Theta II powerplants, a 2.4-liter GDI four-cylinder, a 2.0-liter GDI turbo engine or a 2.4-liter hybrid. The 2.4-liter GDI engine produces 200 horsepower and upgrading to the available 2.0-liter turbo GDI engine (SX model) that produces 274 horsepower. A 2.4-liter hybrid Optima will be introduced in 2011.

Power is transferred through a six-speed automatic transmission. All automatics feature Sportmatic clutchless shifting. A single six-speed manual transmission is available only with the LX four-cylinder model.

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March 15, 2010 – 2011 Kia Optima sneak peak

Kia is coming out of the shadow, no longer it’s viewed as an economy rated car company. We’ve already seen the new handsome Kia Sportage SUV, and now Kia is ready to debut its all new redesigned Kia Optima at the New York Auto Show. The new Kia Optima looks impressive with its longer, wider stance, and aggressive facial.

Peter Schreyer, Kia Chief Design Officer, says, “The next generation Optima possesses the power to surprise.”

Lets hope those wheels don’t make to production. Mr. Peter Schreyer, please lose those wheels, you’re kinda late to the bling bling scene.

The new Kia Optima may ultimately be Kia’s sport sedan segment. It has great stance and prowess that one could find only in a sport sedan. Stay tune, more to come when it debuts at the New York Auto Show by the end of March. I guess we have something exciting to write about Kia cars in 2011.