Kia Optima Plug-in Hybrid Confirmed for 2016 Geneva Motor Show

The 2016 Geneva Motor Show is opening its gate on 1st of March and carmakers worldwide are already campaigning their future models ahead the event.

It is also the case of the South Korean based Kia which announced today the availability of the European-only Optima plug-in hybrid at the show. The model will hit dealerships this autumn.

As we can depict from the handful of photos below, the Kia Optima hybrid will come with the same design lines but will sport more aerodynamic body parts at the front and rear bumpers, also adding a brand-new active shutter grille.

Other features include the blue accents on the body, “EcoPlugin” insignia, charging port on the front fenders and a few more.

Inside, the hybrid`s cabin is highlighted by the updated instrument cluster with access to all the information about the car`s plug-in hybrid powertrain, along with an 8-inch display for the infotainment system, navigation system, optional smartphone charger, or the Harman Kardon QuantumLogic premium audio system.

Performance wise, the Kia Optima plug-in hybrid is equipped with a 2.0-liter GDI flat-four engine, hooked to an electric motor via a 9.8 kWh lithium-polymer battery pack. The overall power stands at 199 horsepower and 276 lb-ft of torque, which is just enough to sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in a good 9.4 seconds. The electric range stands at 53 km.

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