New 2018 Kia Optima Hybrid debuts in South Korea
The refreshed 2018 Kia Optima/ К5 Hybrid sedan series has been released on the domestic market in South Korea. Its facelifted ICE cousin debuted some time ago with a new look and a broader choice of engines.
The engineers have reworked the battery, which is located in the bottom of the trunk compartment. As a result, its capacity grew 8% from 1.62 kWh to 1.76 kWh, enabling the vehicle to actuate its electric motor more often for greater overall fuel efficiency.
The hybrid powertrain of the new model includes a 2.0L gasoline engine good for 156 hp (116 kW) and an electric motor built into the automatic transmission. Their performance remained the same as in the previous model.
On the outside, the car sports reshaped bumpers and reworked rear lights. It may now be ordered with several new light alloy wheel sets. It is perhaps worth mentioning that the entire lighting system, including the headlights, the rear lights and the fog lamps, is now LED-based.
The base trim level costs around the equivalent of U.S. $28,300. According to the information from the open sources, Kia will soon debut some other new Optima models as well.