Kia presented the world premiere of the brand-new 2017 Kia Optima Hybrid (HEV) at the 2016 Chicago Auto Show today. Like its gas-powered sibling, the Optima Hybrid has been significantly redesigned both outside and inside, and it features a new hybrid powertrain that promises a 10% improvement in fuel economy in comparison with its predecessor.
The HEV model is being marketed under Kia Motors’ EcoDynamics sub-brand focused on environment-conscious design and performance. The 2017 Opima Hybrid thus comes with a new 2.0L GDI 4-cylinder motor to replace the previous 2.4L engine. Also present is a hybrid starter generator and a new six-speed transmission billed as providing smoother shifting, as well as a new water pump and oil pump, both electric.
The electric component of the HEV’s powertrain is a new 38 kW motor and clutch instead of a traditional torque convertor, with the aim of offering greater power when needed and faster acceleration from a stop. Kia is promising total combined output for the 2017 Optima Hybrid of 193 HP.
Kia has also invested in enlarging and enhancing the interior cabin of the 2017 Kia Optima Hybrid, making the bet that these improvements will combine with the new-generation hybrid technology to make the Optima a prime choice for eco-conscious drivers looking for uncompromised comfort and enjoyment.