Kia company launches new vehicle, 2016 Kia Optima Hybrid. Kia are already testing their “bread and butter” sedan and are planning on introducing next generation of Optima later this year. Since current car is one of the best-looking mid-size sedans in the market, don’t expect too many visual changes to 2016 Kia Optima and its hybrid lineup.
2016 Kia Optima Hybrid Review
Optima hybrid is currently available in couple of tiers, LX and EX. Lack of Limited version is easy to explain as model would break the $40k mark which is a luxury badge price, which Optima certainly isn’t. Just like conventional models, 2016 Kia Optima hybrid will get their powertrain carried over.
The Engine range
2.4L I-4 engine with 159 hp and 154 lb-ft of torque will be available yet again, while 47 hp electric motor will help it to achieve a total hybrid system output of 199 horses and 235 lb-ft of torque. Will Kia stick with lithium-polymer battery pack, or will they change to lithium-ion batteries, remains to be seen, but 6-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission will likely remain unchanged.
More details about performance are not available. Spy photos from test driving are only represented. So, stay tuned, and come back for a month, when these details and information will be presented.
Kia Optima Design – changes
From design standpoint, radical changes are highly unlikely. There’s still enough time for Korean manufacturer to actually do something, but why changing a good-looking car? Possible changes should be searched upon in headlights and tail-lights department, together with front and rear bumpers. Otherwise, New Optima hybrid, together with its conventional sibling, should keep the same, if updated grille and the same overall design.
Since it basically carries over with the same outside framework, 2016 Kia Optima hybrid will go through some rather extensive changes inside. New set of soft-touch surfaces are bound to make appearance when new lineup arrives, but don’t expect nothing more than cloth and basic leather seats. EX models might get another leather upholstery set as an option, but the colorway is still unknown.
Newly designed dashboard should be more conventional and will lose its driver orientation. However, instrumentation will mostly be carried over and EX models, at least, will get standard 8-inch touch screen display with navigation and SiriusXM traffic and services. Top grade also benefits from heated front and rear seats, and heated steering wheel which are of immense help during cold mornings.
As for safety, new Optima will offer rear camera display, optional in base and standard in top trim level. Backup warning system and blind spot detection system with cross-traffic alerts are, however, reserved for EX models, and are optional. Otherwise, 2016 Kia Optima hybrid offers pretty much all standard safety options.
2016 Kia Optima Hybrid Price and MPG
Hybrid models’ fuel efficiency won’t change at all. Entry-level model is rated at 36 mpg in the city and 40 mpg combined, while upgraded version offers figures lower by a single point in all categories, including combined ratings. Expect base hybrid model to cost around $27,000, while EX version could go for $33,000.
2016 Kia Optima hybrid will give us a slight upgrade over its predecessor, visually, but technical specs won’t change at all. It is always a tough job to revamp already good-looking car and Korean manufacturer has decided to go for a sure thing; only changing it slightly.