Late last fall, the 2014 Kia Optima gas-powered sedan made its US debut. It featured a complete facelift and its virtues made the world stand up and take notice. So when word spread that the 2014 Kia Optima Hybrid would make its debut at this year’s Chicago Auto Show auto experts were excited. JKR Advertising and its Kia clients were eager to see how Kia would mesh the new redesign with the components that make the Optima hybrid vehicle so unique.
The wait is finally over, and the new hybrid did not disappoint in its Windy City premiere! In addition to the new body style, the Kia Optima Hybrid comes with technological advancements that make it more attractive and fuel efficient than its predecessor.
Kia Optima Hybrid Changes
New front and rear fascia enhancements make the Optima Hybrid more aerodynamic, while a unique grille, new wheel designs and lighting further separate it from its gas-powered sibling. The 2014 Optima Hybrid will be available in both LX and EX trim packages. An improved lighting package is also included on this year’s hybrid model.
Both packages feature a 47 HP electric traction motor, and a 47-kilowatt lithium polymer battery. (This battery was specially chosen because of its compact size, as it reduces the amount of space lost due to the battery pack.) Together, these elements achieve 199 horsepower and 235 lbs-ft. of torque. The Optima Hybrid LX checks in with an estimated 36 mpg city/40 mpg highway (38 combined); while the EX produces 35 mpg city/39 highway (37 combined).
A Better Kia Optima Hybrid
The 2013 Kia Optima Hybrid was named one of the “Most Fuel-Efficient Sedans of 2013” by edmunds.com. These are impressive numbers, indeed, but the 2014 is better in every way. Its upscale feel, state-of-the-art design, economical yet powerful performance, and small carbon footprint make it a more-than-viable offering in the midsize hybrid segment.
There is no initial word on pricing for the new 2014 Kia Optima Hybrid, but rest assured an announcement from Kia will be coming soon. They dynamic new vehicle is expected to arrive in United States showrooms later this quarter, and American consumers are going to love its new look.