After the Hyundai Sonata received a significant revamp for the 2020 model year, next up is its Kia cousin, the Optima. While we were out and about in the Colorado Rockies, we occurred to find two prototypes rolling down Interstate 70 toward Denver. Based on earlier spy shots we've seen and the timing, we're dead particular these are examples of the 2021 Kia Optima in action. From the front, it certainly looks like this sedan gets a new headlight and grille treatment. Look at it in profile, and it's harder to tell the changes. Nevertheless, it seems the general silhouette is ever so slightly sleeker than the Optima we know today.
Considering how the Optima is the car that actually kick-started the nearly total reinvention of the Kia brand in 2011 with the launch of its 3rd generation, the unveiling of a refreshed variation of the fourth-generation model at the New york city Auto Show has gone a little under the radar. It might be because the headings were controlled by the brand new second-generation Kia K900 luxury sedan that was also unveiled at the show, but the Optima is the one that's going to put more on the South Korean automaker's bottom line.