Can travel up to 33 miles on electricity alone at speeds up to 74 mph.
Set to go on sale during the fourth quarter, the Optima Plug-in Hybrid has a familiar design but has been equipped with aerodynamic bumpers and a new active shutter grille. Thanks to these modifications, the model's drag coefficient drops from 0.27 to 0.25. Besides the aerodynamic styling tweaks, the car has blue accents, "EcoPlugin" badging, and a charging port located on the front fender.
The interior echoes the standard model but the plug-in hybrid variant features a new instrument cluster that shows information about the car's eco-friendly powertrain. The model also has a touchscreen infotainment system with an 8.0-inch display that shows locations of nearby charging stations. Options include a wireless smartphone charger and a Harman Kardon QuantumLogic premium audio system.
Power is provided by a plug-in hybrid powertrain that consists of a 2.0-liter GDI four-cylinder engine, a 9.8 kilowatt hour lithium-polymer battery pack, and a six-speed automatic transmission with an integrated electric motor. This enables the car to produce a combined maximum output of 199 horsepower and 276 lb-ft of torque. In terms of performance, the model accelerates from 0-62 miles per hour in 9.4 seconds and can travel up to 33 miles on electricity alone at speeds up to 74 mph.