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Australia to miss out on next-gen Kia Optima 2020

The Kia Optima, known as the K5 in South Korea, has undergone a significant transformation in new-gen form.

Kia has revealed its next-generation Optima in South Korean-market specification, dubbed K5, but the new mid-size sedan will be unavailable to Australian customers.

Due to dwindling sales, as well as the introduction of the segment-sharing Stinger in 2017, the decision was made to shutter right-hand-drive production of the Optima, with Kia Australia’s existing stock expected to run dry by year’s end.

From the outside, the new Optima differs from its predecessor thanks to new headlights, a wider front grille and redesigned bumper.

At the rear, the tail-lights are now connected via an LED strip, while the bumper is also revised with integrated exhaust outlets and a contrasting diffuser.

The tail-lights are now connected via an LED strip. The tail-lights are now connected via an LED strip.

The K5 is both 50mm longer and 20mm lower than the current Optima, at 4905mm and 1445mm respectively, while width remains static at 1860mm.

The wheelbase has also been lengthened by 45mm to 2850mm for improved interior space, according to Kia.

Only a sketch of the interior has been shown, but what can be seen is what appears to be digital instrumentation, a widescreen multimedia system and paired-back cabin aesthetic.

Interior features a widescreen multimedia system and paired-back cabin aesthetic. Interior features a widescreen multimedia system and paired-back cabin aesthetic.

The new Optima will make its public debut before the end of the year in South Korea, and is expected to go on sale in its home market shortly thereafter.