We originally told you about the 2011 Kia Optima here, shortly after the automaker released the teaser sketches in advance of its formal debut at the New York Auto Show. For once, the teaser sketches didn’t disappoint and the car is every bit the stunner it looked to be in the drawings.
Equipped similarly to it’s corporate cousin, the Hyundai Sonata, the Optima features completely unique styling that will set it apart in the entry level, mid size sedan segment. The powertrain options are the same between the two rivals: both the Hyundai and the Kia will offer a 2.4 liter inline four (the Theta II), a turbocharged 2.liter four and a 2.4 liter four cylinder hybrid. All motors are mated to six speed transmissions, but a manual six speed is only available with the base motor.
The new Optima is scheduled to hit dealers this fall, with the hybrid version launching in early 2011. Pricing hasn’t been set, but expect the base model to come in just under $20k, with the range topping hybrid priced just north of $25k.