You might remember that back in October, 2015, Kia released the brand new redesigned 2016 Kia Optima, sparked with a sleek exterior, fashionably designed interior, and equipped with the latest technology. But wait, what about the Optima Hybrid? Aren’t they basically the same vehicle? Not anymore!
The 2017 Optima Hybrid is big enough for its own release. Some of the things you’ll see in this vehicle are a new look including fog lights (not a regular Optima feature), state of the art technology, and most notable, a new 2-liter gasoline direct injection engine with a more powerful electric motor and larger-capacity battery.
Kia has a surprise up it’s sleeve, not only will we be carrying the 2017 Optima Hybrid, there will also be a plug-in hybrid, where we can see both a fuel door, and a plug-in door. What’s the difference, besides the plug-in door? This version of the Optima hybrid gives the option of EV charging, giving the driver the ability to go into full electric mode for up to 27 miles. All you need to do is charge it for about 3 hours and you’ll have those 27 miles to go again. This feature is probably going to be very popular for those who do a LOT of short distance city driving and want to avoid constantly getting gas due to the worsened fuel economy of city-driving.
The question is, will it hit more markets than just the East Coast and California, like the EV Soul that Kia launched early last year? That remains to be seen, but we are watching with a close eye. Keep your ears perked and your eyes peeled for more updates on the 2017 Kia Optima Hybrid and Optima Plug-in Hybrid coming out later this year.