Is Kia still going to make the Optima?
Back in October, we shared some interesting things we found online about potential changes coming to the Kia Optima. More recently our product experts have come across some interest articles that have left us wondering, ‘Is Kia still going to make the Optima?’ According to an Dec. 12 Autoblog article, written by Sven Gustafson, the answer is both yes and no. It does not appear that Kia will be leaving the midsize sedan competition, but it also looks like maybe the Optima won’t be around in the same way as we’ve had it in the past. Gustafson backs up his claim by pointing out some very interesting patent and trademark filings the automaker has made in its home country, Korea, as well as in the United States.
It’s important to point out that all of this is just speculation and Autoblog’s request for comment has gone unanswered by Kia operations people in the U.S. Gustafson cites a few other online sources in his article about a potential name change for the Kia Optima.
The automaker has filed trademark protection in the United States for the model name, ‘K5.’ This just so happens to be the model name as a vaguely corresponding model that is available in the Korean market.
Additionally, there could be some changes coming with the automaker’s logo. Due to certain copyright images, we can’t share the image. However, you can check out the full article here.
Would anything be different?
There are some reported changes coming for what could be the 2021 Kia K5/Optima. Gustafson’s article pointed to a potential upgrade in engine equipment that would come with an associated uptick in performance output.
Just for a frame of reference, the 2020 Kia Optima is available with three engine options: a 185-horsepower, 2.4-liter, four-cylinder; turbocharged 1.6-liter, four-cylinder making 178 horsepower and a turbocharged 2.0-liter, four-cylinder that has a maximum output of 245 horsepower.
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