A new plug-in hybrid version of the Kia Optima Sportswagon has been unveiled, and it has been confirmed the model will go on sale later in the summer.
The new model joins Kia’s growing line up of low-emissions vehicles, and has a target all-electric range of just under 40 miles before its 2.0-litre GDI petrol engine takes over. As a result, Kia engineers are aiming for an emissions figure of just 34g/km. Battery efficiency is boosted with the inclusion of regenerative braking, and a smart air conditioning system with reduces load on the battery by targeting the ventilation and heating output.
The 11.26kWh battery pack is located underneath the boot floor, but is done so without compromising load space with 440-litres available, rising to 1,574-litres with the rear seats folded flat.
Although it shares the same practicality as it conventionally-powered sibling, the Optima Sportswagon Plug-in Hybrid is distinguished by some styling changes, include reprofiled bumpers and side skirts for improved aerodynamic efficiency, chrome brightwork, and ‘ECO plug-in’ decals. Inside, the instrument displays have been redesigned to give key information such as the battery’s state of charge and driving efficiency. The EV range and location of closest charging station are displayed through the 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system.
Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and Kia Connected Services providing live traffic updates, speed camera alerts and weather forecasts are also available, as is a wireless smartphone charger which lets users charge mobile devices on the move.
Standard safety features include Vehicle Stability Management, while optional systems include Advanced Smart Cruise Control, Lane Keeping Assist System, Autonomous Emergency Braking.
The new Kia Optima Sportswagon Plug-in Hybrid will go on European sale during the third quarter of this year, with Kia’s unique 7-Year, 100,000 m warranty, which also covers the battery pack.
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