2020 Kia Optima Hybrid is a five-seat mid-size sedan that delivers remarkable performances, beautiful styling, and innovative interior. On top of that, the aerodynamics of the vehicle, and the overall visual appearance will take your breath away. The Optima’s full-parallel hybrid system pairs the electric motor with a gas direct injection drivetrain. This combination offers an excellent amount of power and impressive fuel economy.
The Optima Hybrid uses a high-density lithium-polymer battery. It delivers 13% more energy and 19% more power than the previous version. The starting price of the hybrid sedan will be $29,310, with the option to purchase additional Technology Package for $4,510.
2020 Kia Optima Hybrid Design
2020 Kia Optima Hybrid comes with a smooth and elegant external design. Definitely, this model will change your perception of hybrid vehicles. Behind every carefully sculpted curve and lines is a future-forward idea, that blends aerodynamics with eye-catching visual appeal. Moreover, aerodynamic lines and the creative active air-flap work together to optimize efficiency. The air-flap, for example, opens and closes automatically, depending on the vehicle’s engine temperature, speed, and incoming airflow.
The highlights of this striking design definitely are the glossy black tiger-nose grille, matte chrome details, and the streamlined back bumper. Also, the redesigned LED headlights will provide bright lighting of the road. The auto-leveling feature will help to maintain constant lightning down the road as well. The cabin offers an Integrated Memory System for driver’s seat, while the mirror positions memorize your personal settings.
The auto-dimming rear-view mirror and Thin-FIlm-Transistor display in the gauge cluster provide all the necessary info during your journey. The standard equipment for this model consists of Push-Button start and Electronic Parking Brake with Auto Hold. The generous cargo space with 60/40 split-folding rear seats offers more than enough storage space.
For even larger cargo loads, both sections of the rear seats can be folded down. The front seats are totally customizable, with the standard 10-way power-adjustable driver seats, and 3-way lumbar support. The majority of commands go through an 8-inch monitor, and the Apple CarPlay/Android Auto connectivity is available.
Under the hood of 2020 Ka Optima Hybrid is a 2.0 Liter, Inline 4-cylinder Full Parallel Hybrid System. This unit can produce 154 hp @ 6,000 rpm and 140 lb.-ft. @ 5,000 rpm. On the other hand, the electric Interior-Permanent Magnet Synchronous motor makes 50.9 hp (38 kW) @ 1,770-2,000 rpm.
Electric motor torque is 151 lb-ft, and the maximum capable speed 75 mph. Kia’s full parallel hybrid system combines this electric motor with a gas direct injection drivetrain. The total engine output is 192 hp and 271 lb-ft of torque. The Optima Hybrid includes a powerful lithium polymer battery.
This lightweight, high-density battery was designed to deliver 13 percent more energy, and 19 percent more power than the previous version of Optima Hybrid. The battery capacity is 6.5 Ah, energy 1.76 kWh and the output 56 kW. The battery weighs only 92.6 lbs. The powertrain is connected with electronically controlled 6-speed automatic w/ H-Matic transmission.
This innovative gearbox consists of an electric motor and a clutch, installed in place of a conventional torque convertor. The EPA estimated combined fuel economy is 42 mpg. One of the best features of this vehicle is the Regenerative Braking System. For example, every time the vehicle decelerates the regenerative braking deploy kinetic energy to recharge the battery.
2020 Kia Optima Release Date and Price
2020 Kia Optima Hybrid offers only one trim level: the EX. Starting MSRP is $29,310.However, the EX Technology Package adds an extra $4,510 to that price. The Technology Package includes Sound-Absorbing Front Door Windows, Harman Kardon Premium Surround Sound System with 10 speakers and much more.
There’s a couple of additional features like Mud Guards or Door Sill Applique that can raise the price a bit. All in all, expect that Optima Hybrid won’t go over $35,000. Kia’s five-seater Hybrid will be ready for the dealerships by the end of the following year.