In 2021, the United States are set to get a revised version of the Kia Optima and after a few sketches were released by the brand’s Korean branch, the upcoming model has gained a lot of attention.

The designs show an outrageously aggressive fastback with a long bonnet and beautifully flowing roofline. The front end is very Dodge Charger like with its beefy front grille and sleek headlights. One could even say there’s a mean look to the Optima’s face.

Towards the rear, it seems the lightbar trend is far from gone as the taillight is a single strip running along the boot lid. No one’s complaining about that though, as it seems to bring the car together. Having either side of the haunches connected makes the lower part of the rear end look a lot wider, in turn giving the car a great stance.

Although this would all be amazing if it were implemented on the real model, I think it’s fair to say that’s unlikely to happen. Some elements may be implemented such as the lightbar, however, it surely won’t look anyway near as cool as this sketch.

The first clue is that no saloon car with the aim of having functional rear seats will have such an elegant roofline. The second clue is that a set of photos of the real car have recently been leaked. In fact, the shots show a more traditionally elevated and bubble-like roof.

That being said, it doesn’t totally ruin the Optima’s design. The front end is still very much sport-ified by the aggressive headlights and twin grille setup.

Whether or not the car ends up being a shark or a platypus, I’m sure Kia will manage to sell a fair few of them. Luckily, South Korea will be getting the exact car, albeit with a different name, in just one month’s time. In fact, the K5 will be making its debut in December, so other markets will have over a year to figure out if it’s a good looking car, or a minger.

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