The current Kia Optima is a bit of an also-ran in the US sedan market; however, that may be about to change. A few weeks ago, Kia released conceptual sketches of the upcoming Magentis-Optima sedan. This week, we received the first official photos of the sedan, which is set to bow at the 2010 New York auto show.
Although the slab-sided sedan is much taller than the low-slung sketch we saw, the next-generation Optima shown in the photos appears to be longer and wider than the current model is. If you look closely at the front end, you'll see that the basic architecture of Optima's visage is mostly intact. Kia's changes to the Optima include a larger lower grill opening and an elevated hood, most likely lifted to meet pedestrian safety regulations.
We'll be taking a closer look at the next Kia Optima--and hopefully taking a peek under its hood--when it appears at the 2010 New York auto show next month.