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.)

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.

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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.”