Kia has introduced the 2017 Optima Hybrid and Optima Plug-in Hybrid at the Chicago Auto Show. Designed to appeal to eco-conscious buyers, the models have a familiar design but are distinguished by an active grille, modified bumpers, and an aerodynamic rear diffuser. The cars have also been equipped with LED-infused headlights, special badging, and aerodynamic alloy wheels.

Kia has introduced the 2017 Optima Hybrid and Optima Plug-in Hybrid at the Chicago Auto Show.

Designed to appeal to eco-conscious buyers, the models have a familiar design but are distinguished by an active shutter grille, modified bumpers, and an aerodynamic rear diffuser.  The cars have also been equipped with LED-infused headlights, special badging, and aerodynamic alloy wheels.

The interior largely carries over but the hybrid variants have unique instrumentation and additional soft-touch materials.  The cars also have an Eco Driver Assistance System with a Coasting Guide that tells drivers when to coast and when to brake.

The Optima Hybrid is powered by an eco-friendly powertrain that consists of a 2.0-liter GDI four-cylinder engine, an electric motor, and a 1.62 kilowatt hour lithium-polymer battery.  This enables the model to produce a combined output maximum output of 193 horsepower and return an estimated 42 miles per gallon combined.

The Optima Plug-in Hybrid is largely identical but it features a plug-in hybrid powertrain that consists of a 2.0-liter GDI four-cylinder engine, a more powerful electric motor, and a larger 9.8 kWh lithium-ion battery pack.  As a result, the Optima Plug-in Hybrid is slightly more powerful as it produces a combined maximum output of 202 hp.  More importantly, the model can travel 27 miles on electricity alone and about 600 miles overall.

When the battery is depleted, it can be recharged in less than three hours with a 240 volt Level 2 charger.  Those unfortunate enough to have a 120 volt Level 1 charger are in for a wait as the recharging process takes a little less than nine hours.


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