The South Korean automaker has officially taken the wraps off the 2017 Optima Hybrid and Optima Plug-in Hybrid during this year’s ongoing edition of the Chicago Auto Show.
Kia has introduced the eco-conscious version of the Optima sedan during the Chicago Auto Show, with the duo having a fairly familiar styling. They do gain an active shutter grille, refreshed bumpers as well as an aerodynamic rear diffuser. Other highlights include LED-infused headlights, special badging, and aerodynamic alloy wheels. The cabin is another known affair but the Hybrid and PHEV gain some bespoke instrumentation and additional soft-touch materials. Also available is the Eco Driver Assistance System and the Coasting Guide that can tip the driver when it’s best to coast and when to brake.
The Optima Hybrid uses as a powertrain a 2.0-liter GDI four-cylinder engine, an electric motor, and a 1.62 kilowatt hour lithium-polymer battery. That’s enough to deliver a maximum combined power rating of 193 horsepower and is expected to return 42 mpg on average. The Optima Plug-in Hybrid largely carries the powertrain combo but makes use of a more powerful electric motor, and a bigger 9.8 kWh lithium-ion battery pack. The resulting combined maximum output in turn stands at a higher 202 hp and the model can go fully electric for 27 miles – a total range of 600 miles is estimated. The Optima PHEV can recharge its battery in under three hours if a 240 volt Level 2 charger is used (nine hours for the 120 volt Level 1 charger).