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2017 Kia Optima hybrid Review


Is there a better option for the semi-luxury sedan with so affordable price than Optima model, hardly? The Optima hybrid is a hybrid variant of the original Optima, which was first introduced to the market in 2000 for the model year 2001. It was constructed with four doors and sold in the global markets in different names, such as with the name of Magentis in the Canadian and European markets in 2002. Later the name of the model was changed as Kia K5 and Lotze for the automotive market in South Korea. In the Malaysian and the American markets, it was sold with its original name Optima. The 2017 Kia Optima hybrid is one of the variants of the latest Optima model and it is expected to come with minor changes only.

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2017 Kia Optima hybrid Changes

Similar to its predecessor, the new Kia Optima Hybrid 2017 is expected to come with an arresting external design. It comes with a curved roof, similar to that of a coupe and with a spectacularly slanted fastback outside look with a distinctive front apron in the front. The front part of the vehicle comes equipped with the familiar grille that assumes the shape of the snout of a tiger with a glossy black cover similar to that of a piano. The grille has been designed to close and open automatically to perk up the aerodynamics and the engine cooling when the vehicle is moving at high velocities.

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Around back also, the new vehicle gets only delicate changes. Although the new vehicle resembles that of the petrol variant, the automaker has offered it a revamped bumper at the back with an air diffuser. The new 2017 Kia Optima hybrid will have the set of unique aerodynamic wheels. The satin-finished body and the external LED illumination have set the new vehicle out from other variants of 2017 Optima model. As for the dimensions, 2017 Optima now has 191.1 inches in length and 110 inches in wheelbase, which is a bit more than the previos model.

2017 Optima Plug-in Hybrid colors:
– Aurora Black
– Ultra Silver
– Carbon Blue
– Snow White Pearl
– Aluminum Silver
– Pearl paint
– Metallic paint

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New Kia Optima hybrid 2017 Interior

KIA has made some latest changes in the Optima interior. As a result, the comfortable cabin comes outfitted with a wide console and distinctive instrument board that allows drivers to monitor the condition of the battery. The cabin comes equipped with heated and cooled seats that are designed to reduce the vibration during traveling.
This time, the new Optima gets an innovative driver assistance system feature, known as Eco-DAS, which is designed to offer a Coasting Guide. It will offer the effectiveness-civilizing suggestion to the driver on the correct time to coast and brake through blinking symbols on the instrument board. Furthermore, the new hybrid will get a 360-degree surround scrutiny screen and a wireless Smartphone charger.

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Some of the 2017 Kia Optima hybrid standard features by trims are:
– Heated front seats(LX)
– infotainment system-UVO(LX)
– Bluetooth hands-free(LX)
– Smart Key with push button start(LX)
– Sunroof(EX)
– Heated rear seats(EX)
– Heated steering wheel(EX)
– Leather seats(EX Premium)
– Air-cooled front seats(EX Premium)
– Blind spot detection(EX Premium)
– Multimedia interface and navigation(EX Premium)

2017 Kia Optima hybrid Interior

2017 Kia Optima hybrid Interior

Another update in the new sedan is that the battery life of its UVO infotainment system has been improved and the functions of the telematics system of the vehicle are improved, as well. It is designed to be work well with Apple5 CarPlay and Android 4Auto, too. The cabin also comes outfitted with a Harman-Kardon Quantum-logic audio system and the latest version of the navigation system.
Regarding safety, the new Optima hybrid should get updated technology, such as an independent emergency braking system, a lane-departure alert system, a blind spot detection system and smart cruise control.

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Engine

Power comes to the 2017 Kia Optima hybrid from a four-cylinder direct injection traditional engine with the capacity of 2.0 liters, replacing the 4-cylinder, 2.4-liter power unit available in the outgoing model. This power unit produces 154 HP @ 6,000 rpm. of power and it offers its performance in cooperation with a powerful electric motor of capacity 50 kW electric motor, producing 67 HP of power. The electric motor would get its required power from a lithium-ion polymer battery pack, with the capacity of 9.8-kWh. Therefore, the new Optima hybrid gets the combined power of 199 ponies. The new Optima hybrid will be offered with a traditional six-velocity automatic.
The sedan can be fully charged can for about three hours with 240V outlet charger, and a bit under 9 hours with 120V outlet charger.

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Base price and the date of release

The new Kia Optima 2017 release date is expected to be during the last quarter of 2016. The pricing for new Optima Hybrid by trims:
– LX 30,095
– EX 33,695
– EX Premium 36,695

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