Details are just starting to come out on the next generation Optima.
It is about a year behind the 2006 Sonata. Just saw my first
uncamoflaged image of the next Optima today. You can see it here:
My understanding is that the Optima may be about $1,000 less than the
Sonata, slightly shorter, tuned to be sportier, and will offer manual
shift with the V6. I wonder how much more hp they can ring out of the
new 3.3 liter Lambda engine as the 235 in my 2006 Sonata GLS is very
nice and even with ESP squeals the front tires on this fwd car easily.
Otherwise it will offer similar standard features to the Sonata
including head curtain airbags, ESP, active headrests, and ABS.
GeoUSA, moderator HyundaiExchange/KiaExchange,