The new car will feature styling much akin to the restyled Optima that debuted in late 2015 for the 2016 model year. However, shoppers should expect some subtle differences to boost efficiency. For example, Kia says the coefficient of drag for the Optima Plug-in Hybrid will be the best in its segment, tied with the Tesla Model S. Automatic grille shutters will open and close based on vehicle speed to maximize aerodynamic efficiency. Aerodynamic wheels are joined by smart improvements like LED lighting.
Under the hood, the vehicle will be based around a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine mated to a 50 kW motor and utilizing a 9.8 kWh lithium-ion battery. Kia says the car will be capable of up to 600 miles of combined driving, or 27 miles of driving in pure electric mode. The automaker says drivers will be able to charge the car's battery in as little as 3 hours via a Level 2 240V charger and under 9 hours via a standard Level 1 120V home outlet.
Like the updated Optima Hybrid, the plug-in version will gain some important driver assistance features. Most notably, this will include autonomous emergency braking, blind spot detection, lane departure warning and more. Like many updated Kia models, the car will be compatible with both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay and will offer available LTE wireless control via a smart device to remotely lock and unlock the vehicle, set cabin temperature and more.
Expect a full review closer to launch.
Pricing & Release Date
The 2017 Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid is on sale now and will arrive soon at dealers. Based on our analysis, now is an excellent time to take advantage of stellar offers on the Optima Hybrid, especially when it comes to leasing.
Official 2017 Optima Plug-In Hybrid pricing will start at $36,105 with destination— $4,265 more than the Optima Hybrid EX. Interestingly, that's also more expensive than the 2017 Hyundai Sonata Plug-In Hybrid, which starts at $35,435.
The most notable option will be the Technology Package ($5,250), which adds autonomous emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert, panoramic sunroof, ventilated seats and more.
Pictured: 2017 Optima Plug-in Hybrid