2011 Kia Optima revealed, regular, turbo and hybrid versions confirmed


We were pretty much flooded this year at the New York Auto Show with mid-size sedans, but by far one of the most attractive in terms of design is the new 2011 Kia Optima. It takes the new design line imagine by Peter Schreyer one step further and is definitely the car to own if you’re interested in the segment.

As you can expect, its underpinnings are basically the same as the 2011 Hyundai Sonata, and in the same vein, will enjoy three versions: a regular 200 HP 2.4-liter naturally aspirated direct injection gasoline, a turbocharged 274 HP 2.0-liter gasoline and a hybrid model based on the 2.4-liter unit. Fuel averages will also be pretty impressive, with 22/35 MPG for the regular, 22/34 for the Turbo, and around 37/39 for the hybrid (all are based on the Hyundai Sonata specs).

Just like its South Korean sibling, all of the engines will be available with six-speed gearboxes. The regular will have a manual options, while only automatics will be available for the other two. Three trim levels, LX, E and SX are available, with the latter two offering the new Uvo infotainment system, developed by Kia in partnership with Microsoft.

The new 2011 Kia Optima (or Magentis as it is known elsewhere in the world) will debut this summer in dealerships in regular and Turbo variants. The Hybrid is expected to hit in early 2011. Until then, check out the photo gallery below of the very attractive Optima sedan.

Photo Gallery: 2011 Kia Optima

Source: Kia

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