Kia came to the 2018 Beijing Auto Show with its first plug-in model for the Chinese market - the Kia K5 Plug-in Hybrid.
All-new Kia YI PAO urban SUV (left) and the new Kia K5 Plug-in Hybrid (sold as Kia Optima in Europe/U.S.)
If you find the K5 similar to the Kia Optima PHEV in Europe/U.S., you're not mistaken. The K5 Plug-in Hybrid is a Chinese, re-engineered version of the Kia Optima Plug-in Hybrid.
The car will be introduced by the Kia Motors Corporation’s Chinese joint venture, Dongfeng Yueda Kia Motors Co. (DYK), starting in the second quarter of this year.
According to the press release, electric motor power output of 50 kW and 2.0-litre GDI engine (156 ps and 189 Nm) seems the same as in Kia Optima Plug-in Hybrid. The range of 29 miles (47 km) should be the same too if there are no changes to the 9.8 kWh battery.
"New Plug-in Hybrid powertrain for Kia K5
Re-engineered exclusively for China, the new K5 saloon now offers buyers an ultra-low emissions plug-in hybrid powertrain. Making its Chinese premiere in Beijing, the K5 Plug-in Hybrid is powered by a lithium-polymer battery pack and a high-capacity 50 kW electric motor. Providing zero-emissions in electric-only mode, the innovative powertrain employs Kia’s efficient 2.0-litre GDI (Gasoline Direct Injection) engine, which generates 156 ps and 189 Nm. Coupled with the electric motor, the engine allows the car to operate in charge-sustaining mode once the battery is depleted."
"The K5 Plug-in Hybrid is set to be produced in China from the second quarter of 2018."
Nam Young So, Executive Vice President, CEO at DYK said:
“The K5 Plug-in Hybrid also boasts an exclusive new powertrain, with greater zero-emissions range than any other Kia hybrid to date and will seek to lead the new energy vehicle market in China.”