2019 Kia Optima is going green at next year’s. The automaker debuted both a standard hybrid that will top the previous generation in efficiency and a plug-in model capable of 27 miles in electric mode. The vehicle recently drove domestic market versions of both in Korea, where the Optima carries a “K5” designation. While the K5 Hybrid had just gone on sale there, the K5 Plug-in was still a prototype and as such remained cloaked in full body camouflage for our early access on road test session.
2019 Kia Optima Exterior and Interior Design
Visually, there are mild but noticeable differences between it and the redesigned Kia Optima midsize family sedan introduced last year. These are almost entirely for aerodynamics. Lighting is achieved with modern LEDs, while these Hybrid models get satin finish accents and special badging, but functionally the Optima Hybrid makes good with items like an active grille, a unique front aero treatment, a beveled rear bumper, and a rear diffuser that shrouds the exhaust tip, as well as using special alloy wheels more aerodynamic wheels.
The 2019 Kia Optima interior is identical to the conventional Optima, apart from different gauges and hybrid system displays in the central touchscreen.The lithium polymer battery pack is neatly hidden under the trunk floor, a packaging solution that allows Kia to offer 60/40 split folding rear seats. Kia has put a big emphasis on safety, and the Optima hybrid comes with a raft of electronic driving aids including autonomous emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, a surround view monitor, and a lane departure warning system. Inside, passengers are treated to real stitching on the doors, a 10 speaker sound system, and a wireless phone charger.
2019 Kia Optima Release Date and Price
The precise date of release will continue to be an anguish, but rumors claim that it will probably be highlighted from the midsection of 2019 summer time. The price has not yet been officially introduced but is expected to become about $22,500.
2019 Kia Optima Powertrain and Specifications
The Optima and the Optima Hybrid very different mechanically. Though the a hybrid model existed alongside the standard edition in the previous generation, the fourth-gen Kia Optima introduces a plug-in hybrid for the first time. There’s a 154 horsepower, 2.0 liter direct injection four cylinder engine, plus a 38 kW electric motor system clutched into what’s for the most part a conventional six speed automatic transmission. A 9.8 kWh battery pack provides the juice for just under 30 miles in EV mode. Total hybrid system power for 2019 Kia Optima is 193 horsepower.