The enhanced 2017 Kia Optima Hybrid electric vehicle (HEV), which comes with a new hybrid powertrain that aims to surpass the fuel economy of its predecessor by 10%, was launched at the 2016 Chicago Auto Show as one of Kia Motors America’s (KMA) EcoDynamics offerings.
2017 Optima Hybrid is equipped with the new driver assistance system, Eco-DAS, highlighting the car maker’s first use of Coasting Guide.
The purpose of the feature is to maximize fuel economy by instructing the driver about when to coast and brake through the instrument panel. The system has an icon that blinks for four seconds and gives off a one-time audible alert.
The body is made out of a number of high-tensile strength steel alloys, which provide more durable and stiffer chassis with over 50% Advanced High Strength Steel (AHSS) construction.
Furthermore, the engineers also used extensive hot-stamped components and structural adhesive to enhance NVH and structural rigidity. The new body structure of the HEV offers heightened ride safety and improves driving dynamics.
To deliver a mass of comprehensive driving assistance systems and convenience, the engineers incorporated an intelligent use of technology. The 2017 Optima Hybrid provides Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB), which brings the car to a full stop to prevent a collision or reduce damage under certain conditions.
Other high-tech systems include the Advanced Smart Cruise Control (ASCC), Blind Spot Detection (BSD), Front Collision Warning System (FCWS), and Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS). The new Optima Hybrid also offers optimized driving convenience with the hands-free trunk open feature, a wireless phone charger, smart key, and Surround View Monitoring System (SVM).
The state-of-the-art connectivity system with smartphone-projected navigation, UVO3, features UVO telematics. The technology also supports Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, which allows the driver to access vehicle functions from a smartphone.
Optima Hybrid was also employed with an upgraded AVN 4.0 navigation system backed by the Harman/Kardon QuantumLogic Premium Surround Sound Audio System, which comprises the Clari-Fi technology (a patented music restoration system rebuilding audio signals lost in digital compression), 10 speakers, and a 630-watt digital amplifier.