New 2023 KIA Optima Turbo AWD USA Release Date & Photos. Even before we had the opportunity to drive the car, 2023 KIA Optima proved to be an attractive sedan. For one thing, maybe not even called Optima anymore, by switching to the Korean market name K5 rumored.
Styling is thoroughly aggressive, too. As for the latest Optima news, it gets a pair of Turbo engines for the United States and two-wheel drive as an option.
2023 KIA Optima Turbo Engine
Not surprisingly, Optima will be available with a 1.6-liter inline-four turbocharged, like many versions of its cousin, the Hyundai Sonata. It makes 178 horsepower and 195 pound-foot torque.
There is also a natural mention of the aspirated 2.5-liter inline-four with the same 191 horsepower and 181 pound-feet of torque as the base engine of the Sonata. KIA does not specifically say it will be offered in America, but its presence at Sonata means it may be available.
The Optima will be available with a turbocharged 2.5-liter engine making 286 horsepower and 311 pound-foot torque if the machine is not strong enough. Presumably, this is the same machine that will be in the N-Line Sonata and the future of Genesis G70. KIA said the machine is good for 0-62 mph from 6.6 seconds.
Another great news about Optima, besides the machine, is that it will be available with an all-wheel-drive as an option. The Sonata does not offer it, making it a unique selling point for KIA.
In addition to the all-wheel drive, KIA says the Optima will be available with six or eight-speed automatic transmissions, although it does determine for the engines that they will be paired with.
The same goes for the eight-speed dual-clutch auto announced, but seeing as the Sonata only has that on the N-line, it’s probably exclusive to the 2.5-liter Turbo engine.