2016 Kia Optima Hybrid coming

Kia has just announced a 2016 hybrid version of the mid-size Optima sedan with and estimated fuel consumption rating of (US) 40 mpg on the highway.

  • 2016 Kia Optima Hybrid

As a carryover from the 2015 model year, the 2016 Kia Optima Hybrid continues to offer all the qualities that consumers love about the third-generation Optima.

Available in two well-appointed trim levels – Hybrid and Hybrid EX – the 2016 Optima Hybrid benefits from a 2.4-litre engine that works in conjunction with a 47 hp electric motor to produce a combined 199 hp and 235 lb/ft of torque.

Supplying the electric motor is a powerful 47 kW lithium polymer battery, while a smooth-shifting six-speed automatic transmission transfers all the power to the Optima Hybrid’s front wheels.

While there is plenty of power, it’s also fuel efficient, with the Optima Hybrid has EPA-estimated (US)36 mpg in the city, (US) 40 mpg on the highway, and (US) 38 mpg combined, with the Hybrid EX has EPA-estimated (US) 35 mpg in the city, (US) 39 mpg on the highway, and (US) 37 mpg combined.

The 2016 Kia Optima Hybrid features unique exterior elements that enhance aerodynamics and help set it apart.

The Optima Hybrid has additional vents on the front bumper to increase airflow and reduce drag.

Low rolling resistance tires are mounted to 16-inch alloy wheels or super low rolling resistance tires are mounted to 17-inch alloy wheels (depending on trim) to help reduce weight and drag.

The front grille is also unique as are Hybrid-exclusive fender badges, and certain components make extensive use of aluminum instead of steel to help offset the weight of the battery.

Both trims are handsomely equipped with premium standard features, but for those seeking more from their Optima Hybrid, both trims are available with packages that up the hybrid’s premium feel.

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