Kia Optima Interior
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First it was the design sketches, then Kia released the official images of its next generation Optima. Now, the Korean carmaker shows us for the first time hints of the D-segment car’s cabin via the sketch you see above. The new Optima, called Magentis in some markets, will be unwrapped at the New York International Auto Show next week.

The dashboard in the sketch isn’t too outlandish, and we believe that it’s a good guide to what we’ll see in the final product. We can see that there are rear air vents and (presumably) leather trim with contrasting stitching. The leather trim also wraps around the instrument binnacle and centre console, which is angled towards the driver, creating a wrap-around driver focussed cockpit one wouldn’t normally associate with a Korean saloon.

The three-pod instruments are “packed” together with air con vents on each side, which looks good, while the steering wheel design is much more stylish than the Forte’s to these eyes. The climate control/audio panel looks very simple, and I can spot a human figure style air con mode control, an idea borrowed from Volvo and also found in the Hyundai Sonata YF.

Looks good to us. What do you think?