The flagship of Kia’s Peter Schreyer-reinvigorated lineup, the Kia Optima gets the Hyundai Sonata’s similar mechanical detail along with more attractive lineup inside and outside.
Kia Optima is expected to be the first hybrid car ever on its range, replaced 2.4-liter four-cylinder gas engine and mounted on an electric motor and a 270V lithium polymer battery, changed slightly the design and electronics for optimal efficiency.
The price of the Optima charge less than Ford and Toyota by $2,000 and $500. The car offers more standard features and also the $5,000 premium technology package which is completed with anything such as a panoramic moonroof.
The Optima show its tiger face employing a complex fascia with satin chrome and black honeycomb touches. Sharp alloy wheels run down through its four- door. A black gloss roof sketched Show Car while the AutoZone logo on its fender- mounted fake vents. Angular LED tail lamps and exhaust pipes hidden beneath the rear bumper are both paired to the Optima.
An excellent wrap-around dashboard canted specifically to the driver featured in the Optima, just like other regular Optima. An attractive four- spoke steering wheel is mounted along with a high-resolution LCD screen placed between traditional gauges.
The Kia Optima is empowered by a 2.4-liter four-cylinder (166 ponies) and a permanent magnet synchronous electric motor (40.2 ponies), producing output at 206 hp at 6, 000 rpm. It means the power is just almost the same with the regular Optima the 200-horsey standard 2.4-liter in non-turbo. A six-speed automatic transmission which fires off smooth mounted to the engine.
The electric motor produces 151.2 lb-ft. of torque from standstill to1, 400 rpm, while 154 lb-ft. at 4,250 rpm are delivered by the gas engine, 195.4 lb-ft. at 4,250 rpm combined cycle. The Optima delivers an EPA’s 35/ 40 mpg rating for fuel consumption.
The 2011 Optima Hybrid costs at $26,500 as the base price with the Premium Technology Package at $5,000 and destination fee at $750.
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