Kia Malaysia has officially launched the facelifted Kia Optima GT in Malaysia, which is priced at RM169,888 on-the-road without insurance. The refreshed D-segment sedan gets a revised equipment list as well as styling enhancements, while retaining its powerful 2.0 litre turbocharged T-GDI petrol engine (245 PS/353 Nm) and six-speed automatic gearbox.

In terms of design, the Optima GT gets a new grille that incorporates a V-shaped mesh pattern within its frame. The bumper has also been swapped out for a new unit with larger corner inlets and a line of LEDs at either end as fog lamps.

Meanwhile, the LED combination taillights now come with new graphics, while in other areas of the car, there’s a revised diffuser piece amd the reflectors are repositioned higher. Returning items include a set of 18-inch fan-design alloy wheels shod with Michelin Pilot Sport 3 tyres (235/45 profile), plus the dual oval-shaped exhaust outlets.

The Optima’s cabin retains the familiar dashboard layout as before, with updates being a new steering wheel design; the seven-inch touchscreen gains an around view monitor camera system; and ambient lighting around the dash and doors.

Available features include a 4.3-inch multi-info instrument cluster display, powered front seats with memory function, keyless entry and start, paddle shifters, rear sunshades, heated and ventilated front seats, wireless charger, Smart Shift & Drive, sunroof, dual-zone climate control with rear vents, and an electronic parking brake.

Customers will get to choose from six exterior colours – Snow White Pearl, Aurora Black, Gravity Blue, and the newly introduced Silky Silver and Platinum Graphite. A five-year/unlimited mileage warranty comes as standard.

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