Up­graded Kia Op­tima Hy­brid re­vealed at Geneva

Shepparton News - Shepparton Car Weekly - - SHEPPARTON CAR WEEKLY -

The up­graded Kia Op­tima Hy­brid was un­veiled at the Geneva Mo­tor Show, mark­ing the Euro­pean de­but of this stream­lined sedan with a drag co­ef­fi­cient of just Cd 0.26.

Vis­ually, the up­graded Op­tima Hy­brid fea­tures newly-de­signed bumpers, in­cor­po­rat­ing new fourspot LED fog lamps and a re­vised grille.

The car’s pro­file has been im­proved and with the up­graded model, cus­tomers will also be able to spec­ify a new white in­te­rior op­tion and two new ex­te­rior paint fin­ishes. The lat­est Op­tima Hy­brid will also be fit­ted with a new touch­screen in­ter­face spe­cific to the Hy­brid sys­tem, an 8-inch dis­play for the nav­i­ga­tion sys­tem, iPod con­nec­tiv­ity, ven­ti­lated front seats and air vents in the rear of the cabin.

Kia’s third-gen­er­a­tion re­gen­er­a­tive brak­ing sys­tem is fit­ted to the up­graded Op­tima Hy­brid. The new sys­tem is 1.2kg lighter and is faster re­act­ing with a new iBAU (In­te­grated Brake Ac­tu­a­tion Unit) which cuts the time de­lay be­fore the ABS is ac­ti­vated and short­ens brak­ing dis­tance from 100kph by 1.7m. For the driver, there is also greater brak­ing feel and an im­proved re­sponse to pedal in­puts.

The gaso­line-elec­tric hy­brid pow­er­train is car­ried over un­changed in the lat­est ver­sion of the Op­tima Hy­brid. To­gether the 2.0-litre en­gine and 35kW elec­tric mo­tor pro­duce a com­bined out­put of 131kW at 5500rpm and 319Nm of torque be­tween 1000 and 2000 rpm.

The sedan de­liv­ers a re­mark­able blend of per­for­mance (0-100 kph in 9.4sec, top speed 190 kph), fuel econ­omy (5.1 l/100 km) and low CO2 emis­sions with 17-inch wheels.

Pro­duc­tion of the up­graded Kia Op­tima Hy­brid is sched­uled to start in Korea dur­ing April 2014 and the new model will go on sale across Europe later this year.

For a full run­down on the Op­tima Hy­brid or any other Kia ve­hi­cle, call into Thomp­son Kia, Be­nalla road Shep­par­ton. Or call Gary on 58222666.

Vis­ually, the up­graded Op­tima Hy­brid fea­tures newly-de­signed bumpers, in­cor­po­rat­ing new four-spot LED fog lamps and a re­vised grille

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