Kia has introduced a hybrid version of its new generation Optima in South Korea where it’s known as the K5.

Kia has introduced a hybrid version of its new generation Optima in South Korea where it’s known as the K5.

It was at the Frankfurt Motor Show back in September when Kia announced plans to launch a hybridized Optima and now the model has made its debut in KDM specification with the “K5” badge and a design that’s pretty much the same as the conventionally-powered model. There are some minor changes to the radiator grille which boasts an “active air flap” that will automatically close when driving at higher speeds as a way to diminish air resistance and boost efficiency. The front and rear bumpers have also gone through mild surgery and there are some bespoke 16- and 17-inch alloy wheels.

The most important change has occurred underneath the hood where there’s a 4-cylinder, 2.0-liter GDI naturally aspirated engine producing 156 PS (115 kW) and 189 Nm (139 lb-ft) of torque. It works closely with an electric motor that generates an additional 52 PS (38 kW) and 205 Nm (151 lb-ft), with the power being sent to the wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission specifically designed for hybrids. If this hardware setup seems familiar, that’s because it was sourced from the car’s sister model, the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid.

Kia will bring the Optima Hybrid to Europe next year and they plan to expand the model’s lineup with the addition of a wagon also due in 2016 with influences from the Sportspace concept. As for that Optima Convertible currently on display at SEMA in Las Vegas, that’s (thankfully) just for show and won’t be made.

Source: Kia via thekoreancarblog.com

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