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Kia’s next Optima will have style, but will it have substance?

Kia has come a long way from the Sephia and Spectra, and the current-generation Optima played a major role in that transformation. It was unveiled five years ago at the New York Auto Show, and now Kia is following it up with a new model.

The next-generation Optima will debut in a couple of weeks when the 2015 New York Auto Show opens its doors, entering a crowded midsize sedan segment.

Sketches released by Kia show an evolution of the current model’s styling. The Optima will probably look a lot like the Sportspace concept (pictured above in red) from the recent Geneva Motor Show, but without its cool wagon body style.

That should make for a stylish sedan, but like the current model, the next Optima probably won’t be mistaken for a sports car.

Expect the Optima to continue with an all four-cylinder engine lineup for fuel efficiency, including a turbocharged option for those craving more power.

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The Optima will also probably get the updated hybrid powertrain and plug-in hybrid option already shown on the mechanically-similar 2016 Hyundai Sonata.

While Kias of old were bare-bones affairs, that likely won’t be the case with the new Optima. Expect some optional gadgetry, including the latest version of Kia’s UVO infotainment system.

Kia will unveil the next-generation Optima at the 2015 New York Auto Show April 1, and will most likely discuss an on-sale date at that point.

Check back for more details on the Optima and all of the other car news from the Big Apple then.