1 Apr 2004
By CHRIS HARRIS
Just as the EF-B Sonata from ’01 was a significant rehash of the 1998 EF model, so too was the MS a makeover of the GD Optima.
The chrome grille gave way to an oddly four-eyed nose treatment, while revised trim and equipment levels were also implemented, along with a larger V6.
Power and torque from the newly enlarged 2.7 V6 were now rated at 132kW and 245Nm, while a new five-speed sequential-shift automatic gearbox became the sole transmission. The result was a competent and refined highway cruiser.
And this time Kia was serious about making a value statement – a passenger-side airbag, ABS brakes with EBD control, traction control, cruise control, leather trim and alloy wheels were added to the old Optima’s specification tally.
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