New Kia Optima teased but unlikely to reach UK

Kia teases next Optima saloon, but Ford Mondeo rival is set to be dropped from the UK market

Kia has revealed the first official images of the next Korean market K5 saloon ahead of its official reveal. Internationally it’s known as the Optima, but the upcoming model will not be sold in the UK, Auto Express can reveal. 

If the production model follows the design of the sketches, the next K5 is set to take on a much more dramatic, coupe-like profile. Frameless side windows sit beneath a rakish roofline that slopes gently towards the end of the bootlid, itself featuring a ducktail spoiler above a full-width LED light bar.

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The LED lighting at the front looks just as distinctive, with the lighting signature flowing in a sharp Z-shape from the edge of the front wing and the top of the bumper. The Kia’s ‘tiger nose’ signature grille remains, and the bonnet follows the contours of its upper edge.

Inside, the sketches suggest a high centre tunnel which wraps around the driver. A pair of widescreen digital displays sit across the top of the dash: one for the instrument panel, and another for the infotainment functions.

Sales in the D segment family car class have dwindled in the face of similarly-sized SUVs, and in 2018 year Kia sold just 423 Optima saloons (but a much more healthy 2,498 Wagons) in the UK, with year-to-date sales in 2019 on course to drop further.

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