Upgraded Kia Optima Hybrid revealed at Geneva
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