Monday, March 24, 2014

2014 KIA Optima

A year behind its petrol-only sibling, the 2014 Kia Optima Hybrid facelift has been unveiled at the ongoing 2014 Chicago Auto Show. The electric motor-assisted model gets its own set of exclusive enhancements on the inside and outside, while boasting improved fuel efficiency claims.

The exterior upgrades introduced on the facelifted standard car (which has since been launched in Malaysia) have been adapted into this updated hybrid variant. The front bumper is bespoke, incorporating additional vents to reduce drag. Unique, lighter 16- and 17-inch wheels also enhance the Optima Hybrid’s aerodynamic efficiency.

On the styling front, there’s a new front grille, LED-infused headlights and fender badges – all exclusive to the Hybrid variant. Inside, there’s an optional white leather package to go along with the more upscale interior. Also in the options list are a high-resolution eight-inch multimedia screen and an eight-speaker Infinity sound system.

Under the hood lies a 2.4 litre engine paired to a 47 hp electric motor and 47 kW lithium-polymer battery, good for a combined 199 hp and 320 Nm of torque. In its primary American market, the 2014 Kia Optima Hybrid facelift is rated to return 16.2 km per litre on the US combined cycle.

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