27 December 2011

Kia Optima K5 launched in Malaysia - RM143,888

Naza Kia today has launched  the new Optima K5. Tipped to unsettle the establishment of Toyota Camry and Honda Accord, the Optima is priced at "that" level too, RM143,888. The new Optima has been showcased at KLIMS at the end of 2010 by Kia Malaysia, and the model we get here is the 2.0L Theta II Dual CVVT engine producing 165bhp and 198Nm of power and torque respectively. The imposing sedan channelled its drive via the 6 speed automatic transmission. It can sprint to 100 km/h in 10.9 seconds while top speed is 202 km/h.
Side profile of K5 Optima - from Sgcarmart
The car comes with a host of generous equipment level such as HID headlamp together with auto leveling projection lights, DRL, prominent 18 inch sport rims alloy, sunroof, 6 airbags, leather upholstery, dual zone aircond, reverse camera projected to rear view mirror, 8 speakers audio systems, glovebox cooler and powered 8 way driver seat adjustment as well as paddle shifter for manual intervention. 
Driver-centric dashboard - pic from oneshift
The new optima is slightly shorter than the current Honda Accord at 4,845mm long. It is 1,830mm wide and 1,455mm tall. The wheelbase is 2,795mm. The fuel tank capacity is 70L. Read more after the jump.

Singaporean journalist has concluded that the new Optima K5 is such a looker inside out. The packaged is tuned towards effortless cruising with minimal noise intrusion, and comfort-oriented suspension setup. While there's still room for improvement in the drivetrain refinement, the biggest problem is, still, after all these years, perception. Head to the review HERE and HERE

The brochure from Malaysian Kia is as below: