The Kia Optima is still relatively young to undergo a midlife refresh as it was only introduced last 2015, but the Korean automaker has already introduced a facelifted variant in their domestic market. Called K5 in Korea, expect the changes made to also make its way to the updated Optima internationally.

Kia previews Optima facelift with refreshed K5

Overall, the 2018 Optima now features a more snazzy looking design. Up front, there is a new bumper with a redesigned lower apron. There are large lower air intake vents together with redesigned triple foglights on either side. Kia’s signature tiger nose grill has also been tweaked and now features vertical slats instead. Depending variant, the Optima can be had with LED headlights and fog lights, or the standard projector and bulb combo.

At the rear, the bumper now features red reflectors near the trunk together with a new diffuser. While the taillights appear the same, the graphics inside have been revised. Completing the exterior makeover are a new set of wheels.

Kia previews Optima facelift with refreshed K5

Inside, the cabin has mainly been carried over from the pre-facelift model. It does receive a new infotainment system together with a new steering wheel design. One may even opt for optional quilted leather seats, ambient LED lighting and a Krell sound system. Also available on the refreshed Optima is a surround-view camera system and highway assist with adaptive cruise control.

Engine options for the 2018 Kia Optima remains the same. A 1.6-liter turbo engine, a naturally aspirated 2.0-liter or a 1.7-liter turbodiesel engine. As of writing, it is still uncertain which engine will be offered locally. 

Expect the facelifted Kia Optima to make an international debut soon.