Hybrid variant boasts a set of exclusive enhancements.
Having unveiled the Soul EV, Kia is keeping things green in Chicago with the reveal of the 2014 Optima Hybrid. The facelifted model boasts modest upgrades including a new front bumper with additional vents to help reduce drag, a new mesh grille, LED-infused headlights, fender badges and restyled 16- and 17-inch alloys. Inside, a more upscale cabin comes with an optional white leather package, high-res eight-inch multimedia screen and an eight-speaker Infinity sound system.
Under the hood, a 2.4-liter engine is paired to a 47-hp electric motor and 47 kW lightium-polymer battery that combine for a total output of 199 hp and 235 lb-ft of torque. In the US – Kia’s primary market for the Optima Hybrid – economy is a claimed 36/40 mpg city/highway and 38 mpg combined.