New Kia Optima Hybrid debuts almost unchanged
The Los-Angeles International Auto Show 2019 just opened for the media yesterday, and Kia was eager to unveil its new Optima PHEV EX - the hybrid variant of the popular Optima sedan and wagon.
Little else has changed in the design, aside from the drivetrain. The exterior stays the same except for the slightly refreshed rear bumper, diffuser and exhaust tips, as well as the charging port on the front fender.
The cabin also stays stock, although the dashboard and the infotainment system have been updated. The latter now automatically displays the distance to the nearest charging station. Passengers can treat themselves to high-quality audio thanks to the Harman Kardon QuantumLogic Premium speaker set, and there is a wireless charger provided.
The PHEV EX comes powered by a combination of a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder CDI engine, an electric motor built into the 6-speed automatic transmission, and a 9.8-kWh lithium-polymer battery. The entire powertrain is rated at 202 hp (150 kW) and 276 Nm (204 pound-feet) of torque.
Editor Andrew Raspopov