The 2017 Kia Optima Hybrid was just introduced globally at 2016 Chicago Auto Show and sees some changes for the new 2017 model. Compared to the updated Kia Optima family midsize sedan debuted as a 2016 model last year, it has clear between them. Changes include aerodynamics features such as front and tail face, huge active grille shutters, and unique alloy wheels. Excepting diverse hybrid-system displays and gauges in the central touchscreen, the conventional Optima lend its interior design for the new Optima Hybrid’s.
2017 Kia Optima Hybrid Performance
The 2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid is the Optima Hybrid’s company cousin that has mechanically fewer differences between them. There is the same 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine combined with an electric motor boosting 38kW and a six-speed automated manual transmission that approximately generate 193 hp of total output. It is claimed to exceed the previous-gen Optima Hybrid in term of improvement in fuel economy by returning 41 mpg combined or a 10 percent increase. This figure is the Sonata Hybrid’ rate regarding EPA fuel economy.
More power-prosperous lithium-ion polymer battery set is another main improvement to the new 2017 Kia Optima Hybrid from its forerunner in addition to fuel economy that now placed completely beneath the trunk. Now a 60/40- folding – split rear seat is possible to get as well as provide a more generous trunk space supported by its unusual boxlike overhang. There will be a considerable benefit more than other hybrid midsize sedans for both the Sonata and Optima Hybrid from this improvement.
2017 Kia Optima Hybrid Release Date
There will be undeniable value, fuel economy, and practicality offered by the new Kia Optima Hybrid. There was also the 2017 Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid unveiled in Chicago which offers the same gasoline-electric trait with its cousin, Hyundai Sonata. The 2017 Kia Optima Hybrid should be available for sale later this year.