Kia looks for a 25 % increase in its United States fleet-wide fuel competence by 2020, and the innovative 2017 Kia Optima Hybrid, which was unveiled at the Auto Show in Chicago and due for a redesign is a key accumulation to the lineup of the brand to accomplish that. The 2017 model Optima Hybrid is the redesigned mock-up of the current Optima Hybrid, but it will be equipped with a more powerful engine and with a high-capacity electric motor to make it more performance-oriented and fuel saving vehicle than the earlier model.
Both the exterior and the interior of the new model would also get some minor tweaks to offer a better look at the vehicle and to offer an enhanced comfortable and safe ride to the occupants. It also comes with a roomier cabin than that of the outgoing Optima to offer more sitting and boot space. This next generation Optima Hybrid will be released with two trim levels one as a base model and the other is the EX model.
2017 Kia Optima Hybrid Changes, Exterior
This time, the Korean automaker smoothed out the nose of the 2017 Kia Optima Hybrid to optimize its aerodynamics. To achieve so, Kia incorporated energetic grille shutters, exceptional wheels, and a beveled reverse bumper to lessen the coefficient of drag. Visual alterations to the new model are subtle, but well contemplated, supporting an inspiring plunge in the drag coefficient to 0.24. Emphasizing the listing of further modifications include edgier front treatments, an included deck lid spoiler and a customized back diffuser that conceals the exhaust outlet, too.
2017 Kia Optima Interior
This time, Kia offers its new Optima Hybrid with its groundbreaking Eco-DAS driving supporter system. According to the automaker, this will essentially educate the driver at the time of applying the brake and coasting through a symbol in the cluster, which will flicker for four seconds and will offer sound one time with an audible warning, which is likely to be shut off.
Other important internal changes comprise superior packaging of the battery suite that enables the fitment ratio of 60: 40-divide back seats and a roomier chest. Visually, the 2017 Optima Hybrid and the Plug-in hybrid complement are almost the same. However, the simplest way to differentiate these models is to search for the charge board of the plug-in version on the front fender located on the drivers side.
Some of the interior features are Kia connectivity system, AVN 4.0 Navigation system, Harman/Kardon QuantumLogic Premium Surround Sound Audio System comes with includes 10 speakers, Clari-Fi technology(rebuilds audio signals) and a 630-watt digital amplifier.
The engine enhancements initiate with the alteration of the four-cylinder, 2.4-liter capacity gasoline-operated engine of the previous hybrid model. In its place, the 2017 Optima Hybrid will be outfitted with an mill with the displacement of 2.0 liters GDI 4-cylinder that is designed with the Gasoline Direct Injection feature. This engine will be competent to generate the greatest power of 154 horses.
This engine will be pooled with a commanding electric motor of capacity 38 kW that gets the required power from a lithium-ion battery set of capacity 1.62 kWh. The electric motor is competent to generate the greatest power of 38 kW. Consequently, 2017 Optima would acquire the total power output of 193 horses at 6000 RPM. Although this power output is below that of its forerunner by 6 ponies, the novel Optima Hybrid offers enhanced fuel cutback to its owners. This would be 10 percent more than that of its predecessor would. The 2017 Optima Hybrid would offer the city mileage of 36 mpg and the highway mileage of 40 mpg.
The 2017 Kia Optima Hybrid engine of the new vehicle will be coupled with a six-rate water-cooled mechanical transmission, and with the electric oil pump. According to the automaker, this will help to optimize the competence of the engine of the vehicle by 20 percent. Also it would resolve the drivability problems left by the earlier model.
Date of release and price
The 2017 Kia Optima Hybrid release date will be sometime during the last quarter of 2016. It is anticipated that the novel vehicle will be procured at a base cost of $27,000.
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2017 Kia Optima Photos