The South Korean based automaker Kia has recently pulled the wraps off an updated version of the Optima Hybrid, which is more powerful.
The 2013 Kia Optima Hybrid is following the same path as the 2013 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, with a stronger Hybrid Starter Generator, a more powerful electric motor, an updated lithium-polymer battery and more. The electric motor in the model is now generating 47 BHP (35 kW) and the total output stands at 199 BHP (148 kW) and 318 Nm of torque (235 lb-ft), compared to the previous 206 BHP (154 kW) and 264 Nm (195 lb-ft). The fuel economy was also improved and now stands at 36/40/38 mpg in city/highway/combined (US).
Besides the technical upgrades mentioned above, the 2013 Kia Optima Hybrid is also coming with some styling tweaks, which includes the new alloy wheels. The model also has a reduced ride height, aluminum suspension components, additional trunk space, heated and ventilated front seats, GPS, panoramic sunroof, Infinity audio system, improved underbody aerodynamics and more. Additional details on the 2013 Kia Optima Hybrid remain unknown for the moment and will be announced once the model will hit the showrooms.