Kia Motors America (KMA) has unveiled the 2014 Optima Hybrid at the Chicago Auto Show. Building on the advancements of the gasoline-powered Optima, the new Optima Hybrid mid-size sedan is one of three environment-friendly vehicles that Kia unveiled at the show. It will be offered with its own exclusive upgrades like updates on its front and rear fascia for higher aerodynamic efficiency.
Other upgrades include new wheel designs, and distinct grille and lighting elements. Customers can avail of the new Optima Hybrid in LX and EX trims.
Design enhancements found on the conventional 2014 Optima have been further refined to increase the Hybrid version’s fuel economy. For instance, Kia introduced aerodynamic improvements by adding more vents in the Optima Hybrid's distinct front bumper, thereby increasing airflow and reducing drag.
Also reducing weight and drag are newly designed and more aerodynamic alloy wheels (16 inches for LX and 17 inches for EX), which also add more appeal to the Optima’s already attractive styling. Further enhancements for the 2014 Optima Hybrid include a distinctive new front grille design, Hybrid-exclusive front LED lighting, Hybrid fender badges and an upscale optional white leather package.
Customers could expect that the technological improvements found in the gasoline-powered 2014 Optima may be experienced in the cabin of the Optima Hybrid.
Moreover, customers are also treated to a 4.3-inch TFT LCD instrument cluster and available high-resolution 8-inch navigation and telematics screen. These systems feature UVO eServices, an 8-speaker Infinity sound system, HD Radio, SiriusXM Satellite Radio and SiriusXM Traffic. Advancements on the new 2014 Kia Optima Hybrid also extend to safety.
In fact, the 2014 Optima Hybrid boasts of a number of standard safety equipment. Coming as standard on all trims are driver and passenger advanced front airbags, front seat-mounted side airbags and full-length side curtain airbags.
Also coming as standard on all models are four-wheel Antilock Brake System (ABS); Vehicle Stability Management (VSM); Electronic Stability Control (ESC); Traction Control System (TCS) and Hill Start Assist Control (HAC). For a more refined driving experience, the 2014 Kia Optima Hybrid features a 47 HP electric traction motor, a Hybrid Starter Generator (HSG) and a 47 kW lithium polymer battery.
Together with the installed gasoline engine, the entire hybrid powertrain could chug out 199 horsepower in output and 235 lb.-ft. of torque in torque – for a more responsive driving experience.
The LX model can achieve an EPA estimated fuel economy rating of 36 mpg city/40 mpg highway/38 mpg combined. On the other hand, the EX model achieved an EPA estimated fuel efficiency rating of 35 mpg city/39 mpg highway/37 mpg combined.