The 2017 Kia Optima Hybrid is a 4-door sedan that features various astonishing upgrades that distinguish it from previous Kia versions. Some of the key changes include sharper, redesigned head and taillights, awesome technological inventions and improved fuel economy.
Compared to outgoing models, the 2017 Kia Optima Hybrid is a significantly improved ride with a finely detailed cabin and refined appearance. The previous models’ 2.4-liter gasoline engine has been replaced with a 2.0-liter direct-injected engine and the fuel economy is expected to decrease slightly. The manual pump has been replaced with an electric version and the model has revised grille shutters and a better battery pack that creates more space in the trunk. The model will also have better mileage than its predecessors.
The model’s exterior consists of an incredible design comprising of modern LED lighting at the front and rear sides accompanied by efficient pairs of fog lamps. The rear bumper is slightly raised and the front board will have a redesigned grille. There will be more chrome details than the previous models, as well as automatic open and close capabilities that will enhance air flow and operation of the engine cooling system. The exhaust pipes will be showing from beneath the rear bumper. These will be fitted with a rear diffuser on the exhaust tip. The model is also expected to consist of emergency brakes, alarm gauges and better alloy wheels.
The interior will feature electrically adjustable leather seats of the finest quality. Revamped dashboard will consist of a large touch-screen system complete with tracking and navigation capabilities, USB ports, ten loudspeakers and a climate control system. Bluetooth, WiFi and a radio receiver will also be available. The sedan will carry several safety attributes including a warning system and dependable automatic airbags. A leather-wrapped steering wheel also adds style to the interior. The cabin will be a lot spacious than previous models, providing extra luggage and sitting space to the passengers. The 2017 Kia Optima Hybrid will have Android and Apple auto carplay compatibility which will be controlled by an infotainment system. The system contains a voice recognition search capability that allows model owners to remotely change dashboard settings and check the car’s charging status.
2017 Kia Optima Hybrid will have a 2.0-liter electric hybrid engine that produces up to 154 horsepower and a maximum torque of 160 lb per feet. It will use a 6-speed manual transmission system fitted with a 38 kW motor system that boosts its horsepower to 193. The automatic transmission will be water-cooled thus optimizing engine efficiency by approximately 20 percent. In the 2017 Kia Optima Hybrid model, the company has targeted an improvement of 10 percent in the fuel economy over the outgoing models. The sedan’s fuel consumption, as estimated by Kia, will be 24 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway.
2017 Kia Optima Hybrid Release Date
The first model of the Optima Hybrid is expected on the market by the end of 2016. The exact date still remains unknown but the model is already on sale in Korea. The vehicle will be made available at a pretty affordable cost that is slightly similar to that of the current model. The exact price may range between $16,000 and $22,500 although some people believe that due to the model’s uniqueness, the cost may later rise to around $37,000.