Kia Optima-Plug-In-Hybrid Model History
All New and Used Optima-Plug-In-Hybrid Model Years and History
Redesigned during the 2016 model year, the longer, wider new generation Kia Optima continued to boldly define itself as an athletically styled sedan. One year after the mid-sized sedan's re-engineering, the Optima was joined by a new line of electrified models. Along with a second generation Optima Hybrid, Kia added an all-new Optima Plug-In Hybrid. Capable of travelling up to 27 miles on full EV mode, the Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid's primary power comes from a 50-kilowatt electric motor mounted in the vehicle's transmission. A 9.6-Kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack can be recharged in under three hours using 240-volt charging. Beyond the electric range of the 2017 Optima Plug-In Hybrid, a 154-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine featuring gasoline direct injection proceeds to provide high efficiency travel. Through combined city and highway driving, the electric/gasoline powered hybrid sedan can achieve fuel economy of 40 miles per gallon. The Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid touts a coefficient of drag equal to the Tesla Model S. Comparing closely to the appearance of the Kia Optima Hybrid, the Optima Plug-In Hybrid's most notable difference is a driver's side electric charging port. Available only as an EX model for 2017, the plug-in hybrid sedan comes standard equipped with leather seating, a Harman/Kardon QuantumLogic Premium Surround sound system and Kia's UVO eServices Infotainment System.