Kia Debuts 2009 Optima At New York International Auto Show

Posted on 20. Mar, 2008 by in Kia Canada

  • New engine packs absolute punch though sacrificing fuel economy

    NEW YORK, Mar 20, 2008 Kia Motors America (KMA) currently globally denounced a 2009 Optima midsize sedan during a New York International Auto Show. On sale in early fall, a rested Optima offers a totally mutated exterior, that offers a some-more aggressive, energetic character than prior models, and is given with a new engine that provides some-more energy and improved fuel economy. For 2009, Optima also is incomparable than a predecessors, that complements a particular new styling and separates itself from other vehicles in a flourishing midsize segment.

    “Optima is in a clever position to change a approach consumers consider about midsize sedan offerings,” pronounced Tom Loveless, clamp president, sales of KMA. “Already famous for a indication quality, reserve and value, Optimas neat new redesign provides consumers with a sporty, fuel-efficient choice and showcases Kias joining to providing a best all-around car package.”

    Exterior Excitement

    The 2009 Optima is presented with new front, side and behind styling cues, that build on Kias truth of formulating energetic vehicles that elicit passion. The haze lamps and reduce front grille have been lengthened and a headlamps narrowed to emanate an aggressively crook look. Wider side garnishes supplement sportiness while a strident front lines continue toward a back, finale on a clearly edged case lid. To finish a redesigned behind fascia, taillights are narrowed to raise Optimas sleeker cosmetic appearance.

    Also, new for 2009 is a serve of a sporty SX trim, that complements a handsomely-equipped, value-priced LX and luxury-oriented EX trims. Already accessible with Kias Rio, Rio5, Spectra and Spectra5 models, a SX line provides another dimension for Optima buyers looking for a sportier midsize. Along with a sport-tuned suspension, SX upgrades include: a black-bezeled front grille and headlamps, LED outside-mirror branch signals, haze lights and hyper-silver-finished 17-inch wheels. EX and LX V6 models are versed with 16-inch amalgamate wheels, and are propitious with Goodyear tires.

    The 2009 Optimas altogether length also increased, fluctuating scarcely twin inches in a front and one in. in a rear, to an altogether length of roughly 189 inches. The incomparable proportions raise a extraneous styling for a lower, leaner, some-more absolute stance. All other dimensions, including wheelbase, sojourn unchanged.

    Efficient, Powerful Engine

    Available in twin powerplants a 2.4-liter four-cylinder or a 2.7-liter V6 engine and twin five-speed transmissions (manual with LX four-cylinder indication only), a 2009 Optima introduces a new engine underneath a hood. When redesigned as a 2006.5 model, a eager four-cylinder engine delivered 161 horsepower, a 15-percent boost from a prior generation. For 2009, a some-more absolute 2.4-liter engine takes a place, producing an additional 13 horsepower. Optimas four-cylinder outlay increases to 175 horsepower and 169 lb-ft of torque. The accessible 2.7-liter V6 engine stays a carryover though outlay has increasing to 190 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque. The V6 is corresponding to a five-speed, gated involuntary transmission. All automatics underline Sportmatic clutchless shifting.

    The introductions of Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing (CVVT) and a Variable Intake System (VIS) serve raise Optimas new under-the-hood excitement. These combined systems urge a vehicles fuel economy though sacrificing power.

    Built on a unibody frame, a front-wheel-drive Optima utilizes eccentric front and behind cessation systems. MacPherson struts are used in a front with a multi-link blueprint in a behind and are assimilated with curl springs and anti-roll bars (standard apparatus on all models) to rivet drivers with manageable doing and yield pinnacle comfort either a highway is well-spoken or reduction than ideal.

    Interior Refinement

    The character makeover continues into a Optimas cabin with stretched wiring melded with rested fascia patterns and tone schemes. Based on a new platform, a customary audio complement facilities MP3 compatibility, a USB pier and SIRIUS satellite radio capability in serve to an auxiliary jack, that was combined to 2008 models. An discretionary in-dash navigation complement also is an Optima first.

    The rest of a core fascia and building console accept teenager tuning for even some-more discerning operation since a new barrel-type instrument cluster pattern adopts a sporty red illumination. Optima continues to offer twin chair trims in gray or beige tone schemes cloth (LX), leather (EX) with black leather trim on SX models, that also facilities aluminum trim, steel competition pedals and a Supervision scale cluster.

    Amidst a horde of additional options, Optima still offers an array of customary features. The LX is versed with atmosphere conditioning, energy windows and doorway locks, an AM/FM/CD audio complement with 6 speakers, cloth chair and doorway trim, a six-way tractable drivers chair and four-way tractable front newcomer chair as good as 60/40-split folding behind seats. EX models ascent to a leather-wrapped steering circle with lean and telescopic functions, leather chair and doorway trim, leather-wrapped change knob, involuntary heat control, an auto-dimming rearview counterpart featuring Homelink and an eight-way energy tractable drivers seat. Convenience and Premium Packages offer serve calm upgrades, including a energy sunroof and an Infinity audio system.


    As with a rest of a Kia line-up, a 2009 Optima is versed with many reserve facilities as customary equipment. This includes 6 airbags (dual modernized front and front-seat mounted side as good as full-length side curtain), front active headrests, side-impact doorway beams, height-adjustable front seatbelts with pre-tensioners and force limiters, three-point seatbelts for all seating positions, Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH) and a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS). The Electronic Stability Control Package adds Electronic Stability Control (ESC), a Traction Control System (TCS), stop support and four-wheel anti-lock brakes.

    Competitive Warranty

    The 2009 Optima is lonesome by Kias extensive guaranty program, that offers rare consumer protection. Included in this module are a 10-year/100,000-mile singular powertrain warranty, a five-year/60,000-mile singular simple guaranty and a five-year/100,000-mile anti-perforation warranty. A five-year/60,000-mile roadside assistance devise also is partial of a extensive car coverage.

    About Kia Motors America

    Kia Motors America (KMA) is a sales, selling and placement arm of Kia Motors Corporation formed in Seoul, South Korea. KMA offers a finish line of vehicles by some-more than 640 dealers via a United States. For 2007, KMA accessible a 14th uninterrupted year of record U.S. sales. Kia Motors subscribes to a truth of building high value, high quality, protected and energetic vehicles. Kia Motors prides itself on producing vehicles that are sparkling and enabling and elicit a Kia tagline “The Power to Surprise.”

    Kia Motors America is a “Official Automotive Partner of a NBA.” Information about Kia Motors America and a full car choice is accessible during a Web site For media information, including photography, revisit

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