Front parking sensors are now standard across the Optima range, joining the already-standard rear sensors. The Platinum grade uniquely gains quad-point LED fog lamps in our market.
The rear features a mildly restyled bumper and diffuser, and the SLi and Platinum gain new-look LED tail-lights.
New 17- and 18-inch alloy wheel designs also feature across the updated range.
The Optima’s cabin gains some new trims and materials, while the layout of the centre stack has also been revised.
The Optima SLi upgrades from cloth to leather upholstery and gains an Infinity premium sound system, bringing it into line with the Platinum.
The Platinum gets a safety boost, with blind spot detection and rear cross traffic alert systems now standard.
While the Optima is available with a turbocharged 2.0-litre direct injection petrol engine, a 1.7-litre turbo-diesel and a petrol-electric hybrid drivetrain in overseas markets, none of these will be offered locally.
The Kia Optima sold in Australia will continue to team a 148kW/250Nm 2.4-litre four-cylinder petrol engine with a six-speed automatic transmission. Combined cycle fuel consumption for the 2014 model is unchanged at 7.9 litres per 100km.
The 2014 Kia Optima officially launches next week at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne.