I visited their new Kia Red Cube along Federal Highway.
Among the 2 Newly launched Kias, my vote goes to the new Kia Optima.
The new Kia Optima had the same engine (165hp@6200rpm and 198Nm@4600rpm) and 6 speed automatic gearbox as Hyundai Sonata 2.0. But their similarities ends here. Kia comes with more sporty Suspension, 225/45R18 wheels and 18" Polished alloy wheel and MEGA Specs that would shamed NOT ONLY the Sonata 2.0 High-spec but the big selling Honda Accord and Toyota Camry as well... It's LONG 2795mm wheelbase and 4845mm length and 1830mm width means it's a SERIOUS D-segment contender.
Safety wise, this Optima came with 6 airbags, ABS/EBD/CBC/BAS/TCS and HAC (Hill-start Assist Control), ISOFIX Child seat mount, Auto Levelling HID Xenon with LED DRL (1st seen in Audi A4). Power tilt/slide Panoramic Glass Sunroof (like the Sonata Hi-spec). It also have Rear reverse camera (like Forte 2.0).
The Tilt and Telescopic Adjustable steering consists of: Paddle shifters, Autocruise, Bluetooth Handsfree control and Audio control. It also came with Leather seats, ISOFIX Mount and 60:40 split fold rear seats.
The 437L boot space is BIG but Shallow due to the accommodation of "FULL SIZE" 18" spare tyre underneath.
The earlier mentioned Panoramic Glass Sunroof (below) really brightens the Grey Leather Interior.
In the ICE Department, the Optima is fitted with 8 speakers+Subwoofer "Infinity Sound system" with 6-CD In Dash Changer control which reads MP3/WMA that supports AUX, IPod and USB Connections. Other electronics: Elec 8 way adjustable Driver and passanger seats with 2 way memory for Driver, Dual Zone Full Auto Air Cond with rear air-cond vents, Engine start/stop button with smart key, Elec folding side mirrors.
The Optima came in 3 colors only, namely "Snow White Pearl", Bright Silver Metallic and Platinum Graphite Metallic. The biggest SHOCK of all... For all the above goodies... The asking price: RM143,888 OTR Only. It comes with 5 years Warranty/ unlimited mileage.
As for the Forte Koup, I'm making it a "Photo Essay", enjoy the photos below...
Well there's a saying a picture's worth 1000 words, here are the photos: