The next-generation Kia Optima has been spotted doing its rounds on a track. As you can see, the amount of camouflage this particular mule has doesn’t give us much to go on about except for the familiar side vents just above the front wheelarches. A closer look at the signature Kia front grille shows that it appears to have undergone a mild evolution, slightly resembling the Kia Cadenza, which isn’t available locally.

As of now, limited information is available on when the next-generation model will make an official appearance, and what kind of engine and transmission combination it will come with.


Time certainly has flown by considering that the Kia Optima K5 facelift was just launched locally at the start of this year. In case you need reminding, the current model on sale was introduced without any technical upgrades and thus continues with a 2.0 litre CVVL Nu engine with 165 hp at 6,500 rpm and 198 Nm at 4,800 rpm, paired to a six-speed automatic transmission.

With prototypes already undergoing tests, it is safe to expect more spyshots and bits of technical information to follow in the near future.

Current Kia Optima K5 Facelift