If the name, Kia, calls to mind cheap and cheerful subcompacts, you might think again after checking out these renderings of the new midsize sedan the Korean carmaker plans to unveil at the upcoming New York Auto Show.
Kia has been making a move up-market, it recent years – though not quite as successfully as its sibling, Hyundai. The new model, which replaces the outgoing Optima, could prove a big step forward for Kia.
Set to reach dealer showrooms in the fall of 2010, the 2011 Kia Optima will be longer, lower and wider than the old model. It features a “significantly longer” wheelbase than the old ’10 Optima, Kia says, (though it’s holding hard numbers for the NY Auto Show preview). That should translate into a fair bit more interior passenger and cargo space. The comparable Hyundai Sonata, for example, slips into the EPA “Large Car” category in terms of cabin room, though it sits on a midsize platform. (more…)