South Korean automaker Kia Motors has taken the wraps off its 2016 Optima Hybrid for the home market, the greener version of the new generation midsize sedan, albeit here it’s known as the K5.
Two months ago in September during the Frankfurt Motor Show Kia announced for the first time it plans to also introduce a hybrid variant for the latest generation Optima and now the model has taken its first step. The KDM specification and the K5 badge are the first steps in the rollout process and we expect the Optima Hybrid to also hit US and European shores in a short notice. For the K5 Hybrid we see roughly the same design carried over from the regular, internal combustion powered versions. We noted some minor alterations hitting the radiator grille which now uses an “active air flap” – at higher speeds it automatically reduces the flow of air to reduce drag and lift efficiency. The front and rear bumpers have also been subtly altered and we see new designs for the 16- and 17-inch alloy rims.
Naturally the most important change we can see is under the hood. Here we’re treated to a -cylinder, 2.0-liter GDI naturally aspirated mill delivering 156 PS (115 kW) and 189 Nm (139 lb-ft) of torque that got mated to an electric motor boosting power by another 52 PS (38 kW) and 205 Nm (151 lb-ft). The assembly uses a six-speed automatic gearbox and actually the setup is exactly the same as the one used by the sister from Hyundai – Sonata Hybrid.