Next week, we’ll be showing you the first photos of the 2011 Kia Optima in the sheet metal, live from the 2010 New York Auto Show. But before that happens, Kia has given us our first glimpse of the all-new sedan’s interior with this new rendering. The image follows exterior renderings released last week by the Korean automaker.
The rendering here shows a very driver-oriented cabin, with large circular gauges and a center stack and console slanted towards the driver. A large storage bin sits at the rear of the console, with an infotainment display at the top of the center stack. The seats appear to be well-bolstered, and overall, interior design elements are sharp and stylish.
Of course, we still know very little about what lurks underneath the 2011 Kia Optima’s skin. Changes, if any, to the suspension and drivetrain have yet to be released. We suspect that at minimum, the current Optima’s 175-horsepower 2.4-liter I4 and 2.7-liter V-6 will be updated for the all-new model. We’d also expect to see another cog added to the five-speed manual and automatic gearboxes.
To get the full scoop (and to find out how true the 2011 Optima stays to these renderings), you’ll have to stay tuned to our live 2010 New York Auto Show coverage March 31 and April 1.