2021 Kia Optima arrives as the K5 in Korea, showing off an elegant new design direction

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November 12, 2019 12:29 PM

2021 Kia Optima arrives as the K5 in Korea, showing off an elegant new design direction

Here’s what we’ll see in the Hyundai Sonata’s fraternal twin next year.

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The 2020 Kia K5 previews the 2021 Kia Optima, due here next year.

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The 2020 Kia K5 goes on sale in Korea next month.

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The 2020 Kia K5 will be largely identical to our Optima.

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Kia has given the 2020 Kia K5 a single, wide taillight bar.

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The front of the car now reminds us of the Dodge Charger.

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The Optima is expected to use 1.6-liter turbo, and naturally-aspirate 2.5-liter four-cyl engines when it lands here.

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The 2020 Kia K5 is now longer and wider than the outgoing model.

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Kia has given the 2020 Kia K5 a sportier profile.

Kia has taken the wraps off the upcoming Optima sedan this week, in the form of its domestic market version called the K5 (definitely not named for the K5 Blazer), which shares a platform with the 2020 Hyundai Sonata. With this reveal, the automaker is shedding plenty of light on the evolution of its design language while giving the world a preview of what we’ll see in the metal here in the U.S. pretty soon.
Up front, the K5, which is expected to be virtually identical to the Optima we’ll get here in the States, features a two-tiered grille bisected by a very prominent bumper, striking a contrast to the taller Tiger Nose grilles we’ve seen from the Kia brand over the past few years. The focus in this design is on horizontal lines and sharper angles, even though the trademark shape of the grille remains. The headlights are perhaps the element that will surprise buyers familiar with the current Optima the most, namely the side marker element that stretches along the front fender almost to the midpoint of the wheel down below. The headlight design also features a prominent line Kia dubbed “heartbeat” that underlines the headlight and then continues upward. If the concave grille and deep-set headlights remind you of the Dodge Charger, you’re not alone.
In terms of size, the K5 is almost 2 inches longer than the outgoing model and almost an inch shorter in height, which lends it a slightly more planted look. Kia has also made the new sedan wider by just about 1 inch, giving it a sportier appearance.

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Kia has given the 2020 Kia K5 a single, wide taillight bar.

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Out back, the most significant change to the look of the outgoing model is the taillight bar that runs across the entire rear fascia, in contrast to the two separate taillights that the current Optima model wears. Kia has kept the fastback profile of the Optima, as well as the two large chrome strips that lead from the A-pillars all the way to the trunklid, lining the rear window, but has given them a slightly more detailed shape to create the floating roof effect so popular on sedans and crossovers these days.
We’ll see the all-new 2021 Kia Optima relatively soon, and it’s likely to land here with a choice of a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder good for 180 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque or a 2.5-liter four-cylinder producing 191 hp and 181 lb-ft of torque. A little later we’ll also likely get a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder from the Kia/Hyundai corporate parts bin, as well as a hybrid version.
The K5 will go on sale next month in South Korea, while North America will see the Optima in the first half of 2020. We don’t expect heavy changes to its exterior look by the time it lands here, but if you can’t wait that long there’s always the 2020 Sonata, which is hitting Hyundai dealerships this fall.

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Source:https://autoweek.com/article/car-news/2021-kia-optima-arrives-k5-korea-showing-elegant-new-design-direction

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