Kia reveals Optima Hybrid

Kia has joined the ever expanding hybrid ranks with a gasoline-electric version of its new smartly styled Optima revealed at the Los Angeles auto show.
The new mid-sized sedan, to be sold exclusively in North America, runs a transversely mounted 168bhp 2.4-litre four-cylinder gasoline engine in combination with a 41bhp brushless electric motor mounted within the gearbox housing.
Together they generate a combined 209bhp (154kW) along with 265Nm (194lb ft) of torque. That’s sufficient, says Kia, for 0-62mph (0-100km/h) acceleratoin in 9.2sec and a top speed of 121mph (195km/h). Fuel economy, on the US consumption cycle, is put at 6.2L/100km (38mpg US). A 34kwh lithium ion battery, mounted within the floor of the trunk, also provides the basis for full electric propulsion up to speeds of 62mph (100km/h).
The Optima Hybrid is differentiated from standard versions of the Optima by a restyled grille, lowered ride height and unique 16-inch alloy wheels shod with low rolling resistance tires.

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