Kia has already revealed sketches of a dramatic new 2021 Optima, but the real-deal has been revealed in South Korea. The official images confirm a new midsize sedan that will wear one of the most expressive designs in the segment once it arrives stateside.
The images revealed are of the K5, which is the badge the Optima wears in its home market. Both sedans are highlighted by a new front clip that features very dramatic headlights with DRL’s that run up into the hood. This unusual trait is also found on the Optima’s sister car, the Hyundai Sonata, but this is the first time such has been found on a Kia.
Speaking of lighting signatures, the rear of the Optima also features a new lighting signature. If you squint you could assume you’re looking at the rear of a recent Audi or Porsche product thanks to the new wrap-around lighting.
From a footprint perspective, the 2021 Optima will be 2-inches longer and 1-inch wider and a touch lower than today’s sedan. The new dimensions are certainly enabling designers to give the Optima a sleeker appearance with more dramatic proportions.
Kia has still not released any photography of the interior, but an official sketch shows an interior that follows a similar design theme as other recent Kia products; which is certainly not a bad thing. We eagerly await official shots, though.
While we’re looking at photos of the Kia K5, expect both the European and North American versions of the car to look nearly identical to the K5. Rumor has it the 2021 Kia Optima will be revealed at the upcoming Los Angeles Auto Show with it arriving in dealerships sometime next year.