In addition to the engine changes, Kia went to work on the chassis for the 2016 Kia Optima. The automaker claims that the lighter and stiffer chassis, combined with new suspension point locations on the front and rear subframes, improves handling, stability, steering response, and ride quality.
Kia has impressed as of late with its list of available technologies, so it comes as no surprise that there’s no shortage of goodies on the latest Optima. A rear-view camera comes standard on every Optima, while the 360-degree Around View camera feature remains optional. Adaptive cruise control, blind-spot detection, rear cross-traffic alert, and automatic emergency braking technologies are all available as well. Another premium tech upgrade are the Optima’s new adaptive HID headlights, with both Dynamic Bending and High Beam Assist capabilities.
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, when available, will both be compatible with the 2016 Kia Optima’s infotainment software. The 8-inch touchscreen will have a wide range of features including navigation, text messaging, and Bluetooth capability. Also available will be a high-end Infinity audio system with Clari-Fi digital audio technology.
The 2016 Kia Optima is bound for showrooms in the fourth quarter of 2015.