2010 New York Preview: 2011 Kia Magentis (Optima) sketches released

Kia has had a very strong presence during this auto show season. At the 2010 Detroit Auto Show, Kia showed us the new 2010 Sorento and at the 2010 Chicago Auto Show it showed an exciting new concept called the Ray. At the 2010 Geneva Motor Show, Kia will show the next-generation version of the Sportage crossover, which we believe really has the power to surprise.

Kia announced today that it will show the next-generation version of the Kia Magentis (known to us as the Kia Optima) at the 2010 New York Auto Show.

“A fresh design from the ground up, Kia’s all-new version of its popular mid-size saloon is completely transformed and embodies a bold, athletic and sporty visual energy,” Kia said in a statement. “Longer, lower and wider than the previous model, the new Magentis features a significantly longer wheelbase and will offer considerably more space for both people and luggage.”

The new Kia Magentis (Optima) will go on sale in the U.S. and non-European markets in the later part of 2010. European sales are expected to begin in the spring of 2011.

2011 Kia Magentis (Optima) Sketches:

– By: Kap Shah