The South Korean automaker has just revealed the new Optima Plug-in Hybrid during the still ongoing Chicago Auto Show and we’re really not surprised the Geneva Motor Show will feature the premiere of the Euro-spec version.
Expected to reach dealerships during the fourth quarter of the year, the Optima Plug-in Hybrid keeps the familiar design of the new generation and receives more aerodynamic bumpers and a new active shutter grille. These alterations lower the regular model’s drag coefficient drops from 0.27 to 0.25 and the version has also received some subtle design tweaks in the form of blue accents, “EcoPlugin” badging, while a charging port on the front fender allows the owner to plug-in the car to the electric main. The cabin is yet another familiar affair but the plug-in hybrid adopts a new instrument cluster that handles the information concerning the car’s eco-friendly powertrain. Other amenities include a touchscreen infotainment system with an 8.0-inch display that can also have the navigation system show the closest charging stations. On the optional list we also found a wireless smartphone charger and a Harman Kardon QuantumLogic premium audio system.
Motivation comes courtesy of a plug-in hybrid powertrain that makes use of the 2.0-liter GDI four-cylinder engine, mated to an automatic transmission that also houses the electric motor – the latter is linked to a 9.8 kilowatt hour lithium-polymer battery pack. Total combined output is of 199 horsepower and 276 lb-ft of torque, enough to reach 62 mph (100 km/h) in 9.4 seconds – while fully electric range stands at up to 33 miles.