Debut of the refreshed Kia Optima

At the NY Auto Show, Kia will exhibit the refreshed Optima; the brand’s best-selling midsize sedan. The updated model comes with new design cues inside and out, expanded ADAS technology, a new UVO infotainment strategy and available European-inspired red and black two-tone sport leather-trimmed seats, as well as new alloy wheel choices, ambient LED interior lighting and a new Passion Red exterior color.

The 2019 Kia Optima will go on sale later in the year and will be offered in four trim variants: LX, S, EX and SX.

In looks, highlights include the LX variant comes with Stinger-inspired LED daytime running lights, a new 16-inch alloy wheel design, matte gray-finish grille; the S variant offers new projection beam fog lamps, LED taillights, dual exhaust, sport side sills with gloss black trim, a gloss-black grille and 18-inch alloy wheels. Other goodies include push-button start, smart key, smart trunk and power front windows with auto up/down.

New Kia Optima top grades

The EX boasts the turbocharged 178-horsepower engine with a seven-speed dual clutch transmission with an adaptive Smart Shift drive mode. It also adds new leather seating surfaces with front seat heaters. A new 17-inch alloy wheel design and Smart Cruise Control with Stop-and-Go1 are standard. Similar to the S, the EX is equipped with standard fog lamps, LED taillights and dual exhaust. Available options include new ambient multicolor interior lighting, and a heated steering wheel.

Redesigned 18-inch wheels are standard on the SX and the SX Limited (SXL) package is available with Michelin 235/45R-18 tires. New LED fog lights, ambient interior lighting, sport steering wheel and Smart Cruise Control with Stop-and-Go functionality are standard on both SX and SXL variants.

The SX features available European-styled red and black two-tone sport leather-trimmed seats, panoramic roof, a Harman Kardon premium audio system with UVO link with Navigation, heated steering wheel, gloss black door pillars and side moldings, and a sport bumper with LED fog lamps. The SXL is available with a striking new two-tone bronze and black interior with Nappa leather seating surfaces.

Edited: Kia

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