2017 Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid At The Chicago Auto Show, On Sale This Fall

1 year ago by Mark Kane 9

2017 Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid

2017 Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid

2017 Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid

2017 Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid

Here we go back to the 2017 Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid which was unveiled at the Chicago Auto Show with set of new photos and the best video recaps from the event.

Sales of the plug-in Kia are scheduled to begin in Q4, we expect that to occur sometime in early November.

Quick specs:

  • 9.8 kWh battery and 27 miles expected EPA range
  • 50 kW electric motor and 2.0-liter “Nu” four-cylinder GDI (Gasoline Direct Injection) engine, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, power output is targeted for a class-leading 154 hp @ 6,000 rpm
  • estimated 600 miles of total driving range
  • Full charge in less-than 3 hours via a 240V (Level 2) charger
  • segment’s lowest coefficient of drag, tied with the Tesla Model S at 0.24 Cd
2017 Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid

2017 Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid

2017 Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid

2017 Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid

2017 Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid

2017 Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid

2017 Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid

2017 Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid

2017 Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid

2017 Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid

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9 responses to "2017 Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid At The Chicago Auto Show, On Sale This Fall"

  1. Just_Chris says:

    Welcome to the party, a large grey saloon – very much needed but very much not very exciting. Would have been nice to have another 5 kWh on the battery.

    1. Robb Stark says:

      On this side of the pond that is a midsize sedan.

  2. Ct200h says:

    Can anyone put a good looking set of wheels on one of these cars?
    I know they are going for low drag , but they ruin the car

    1. Robb Stark says:

      Much better than Tesla’s Vietnamese hat aerodynamic wheels from 2012-13.

      I would prefer something closer to a closed disc. With regenerative braking you don’t need much cooling for the brakes.

      My guess more conventional wheels will be at least dealer options. And there is always aftermarket wheels for those that prefer conventional looks over ~2% gain in efficiency.

  3. tom911 says:

    Where are the interior and truck pics? Hard to tell how much room there is in this thing.

  4. ModernMarvelFan says:

    “50 kW electric motor”

    For reference the weak Prius Plugin had a 58.8kW electric motor (80HP).

    Ford Energi has 88kW electric motor.

    The 9.8kWh equipped Kia (and Hyundai cousin) only has 50kW electric motor.

    Guess how “electric” will the car be?

    1. Tman says:

      The 58kw rating is the peak output, but the Prius plugin battery can only supply about 40Kw(54hp).

      Also Ford Energi’s battery supply only 62Kw(83hp). So the Kia Optima plugin as well as its sister Hyundai Sonata plugin sit in the middle with 50Kw(67hp).

      Of course all three are weak compared to the Volt’s 111Kw(150hp).

  5. ModernMarvelFan says:

    Has anyone driven a 68HP midsize sedan before?

    I don’t think I have…

  6. Nix says:

    Stealth PHEV.

    Not only is is very lightly badged, nobody will know you are driving a PHEV, because the engine will keep coming on every time you accelerate.