Kia Motors America has added a new model to its ever growing line of eco-friendly vehicles with the 2017 Optima Plug-in Hybrid. Along with two other fuel efficient vehicles, the 2017 Optima Hybrid and the 2017 Niro Hybrid Utility Vehicle, this brings the number of models under its EcoDynamics eco-friendly sub-brand to three. This is however, the first PHEV offering from the brand and was unveiled during the 2016 Chicago Auto Show.
The 2017 Optima PHEV will have new features and will exhibit new technologies like a stronger and more intelligent telematics system and a hybrid engine that is even more powerful. It also carries improvements on its exterior and interior.
All of these give customers the best hybrid drive experience. According to Orth Hedrick, the company’s product planning vice president, it was important that the company’s offering included a plug-in hybrid as it is part of the plan to make sure that its whole product line would experience an increase in the fuel efficiency by as much as 25% by 2020.
While the Optima HEV already brings hybrid efficiency to vehicle dynamics and style in the new Optima, the Optima PHEV beings this to a whole new level with an all-electric range that leads in its segment, he continued. By introducing the three new vehicles under its EcoDynamics sub-brand during the Chicago Auto Show, Hedrick added, the company is showing that it is serious in its commitment to create sustainable products as well as its principle of not accepting any compromises when it comes to the environment.
This model also has what can be called as a wide range of UVO telematics that has not been seen in any Kia model made. It has more than 30 features which integrate technologies from other telematics vehicles of the brand like the Soul EV and K900 luxury sedan. It is even compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
The UVO EV Services also comes with LTE wireless connectivity which allows direct communication in the 2017 Optima PHEV, an important element especially for the remote lock/unlock and the remote start/stop. It even allows for remote preconditioning on the temperature of the interior.
This can all be done using the UVO which even has a full suite of My Car Zone features. These include the speed alert, curfew alert, and the Geofence settings. Occupants can even do a quick and easy local search for points of interest through a Local Search using Google. There are other EV features that are in the 2017 Optima PHEV.
A good example is that it is able to locate charging stations, thereby turning a potential worry to convenience. It can even check the current charge status and even schedule charging. With the use of Google Voice Recognition Local Search, hands-free connectivity is possible. Drivers can download apps to the head unit from the Kia App Store through its Wi-Fi capability.