After Hyundai took the midsize sedan segment by storm with its gorgeous new Sonata, Kia is looking to do the same with the mechanically related Optima. What we have here are official images of the K5 version destined to be sold at home in South Korea where it will go on sale next month. The jury is still out on when the North American and European versions of the Optima will be unveiled, but we have a feeling these will look virtually the same as the KDM-spec model. The latest Kia K5, with its sporty, modern and bold looks, has a front characterised by Kia’s new ‘Tiger Nose Evolution’; a wide, three-dimensional design which integrates the grille and headlamps more organically than previous iterations of the sedan. The texture of the grille is modelled on the texture of shark skin. The grille is made with a matrix of interlocking details and the K5’s new front headlamps feature a distinctive ‘heartbeat’ DRL design.
The all-new K5 is longer and wider than its predecessor. The length of the new model has been extended by 50mm to 4,905mm and the width by 25mm to 1,860 mm. The wheelbase is extended to 2,850mm. A 20mm drop in height to 1,445mm gives it a low-slung, sporty profile.
The rear of the K5 has a new rear-combination lamp design which provides a sporty silhouette mirrored by the three-dimensional design of the K5’s subtle rear wing. The unique wraparound tail-lamps are meant to mirror the slender ‘heartbeat’ motif found at the front of the car, while the flash of chrome from the roofline loops around the base of the rear windscreen, unifying the side and rear profile.
The K5 will be available with a range of new machine-cut aluminium alloy-wheel designs with colour options ranging from gloss black to dark gray and light gray.