Kia Optima Breaks Cover In Paris

Kia Optima breaks cover in Paris

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The new Kia Optima is making its European debut at the Paris Motor Show today, before going on sale in mid-to-late-2011.

The Optima is the longest, lowest and widest D-segment car Kia has ever offered and according to designer Peter Schreyer, embodies ‘a bold, athletic and visual sporting energy.’

Its high pronounced shoulder line, sculpted flanks and boldly flared wheel arches add to its muscular stance, while the coupe-like profile improves aerodynamic efficiency.

A Sport Package will also be made available at launch, and includes LED daytime running lights, 18-inch alloy wheels and high performance dampers.

Kia insists that the Optima’s specification will be ‘tailored to European tastes’ and that both the petrol and diesel options deliver performance and economy figures ‘among the very best in class.’

The engine line-up includes the new U2 1.7-litre VGT diesel unit that outputs 134bhp and emits as low as 113g/km of CO2, as well as the new Nu 2.0-litre CWL petrol engine, producing 166bhp.

Further details, such as pricing and performance figures, will be released closer to its launch date next year.