• 2014 Kia Optima Hybrid
    by Christian Moe, on February 7, 2014, 13:00
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2023 Kia Niro

2023 Kia Niro

With a range of powertrains on offer, there’s a new Niro for everyone now

The 2023 Kia Niro made its U.S. debut and was showcased at the 2022 New York International Auto Show. The SUV/wagon combo has been considerably overhauled and will now be offered in three electric-drive variants.

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2020 Kia Ceed Sportswagon PHEV

2020 Kia Ceed Sportswagon PHEV

This Unsuspecting Kia Compact Hybrid Wagon Might Open A Pandora’s Box Of Hybrid Wonders

Kia has finally embarked on creating hybrid systems for its popular hatchbacks. The Ceed Sportswagon PHEV should be the first one from the Ceed family to benefit from the new technology, and I am reporting on this because we have actually caught the Ceed Sportswagon PHEV testing in the wilderness. The Hyundai-Kia duo does wonders in the hybrid world right now. The Kona Plug-in hybrid prototypes roam the streets, and a few interesting production hybrids found their place in Hyundai and Kia showrooms. However, the unavoidable introduction of the Kia Ceed Sportswagon PHEV basically announces something very important - the coming of the Ceed hatchback hybrid and, far more importantly, the Sportage hybrid. Now, that will be really important. Yet, let’s start with the basics - the Ceed Sportswagon PHEV.

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2017 Kia Optima Hybrid

2017 Kia Optima Hybrid

Kia’s newest family-sized green machine

The mid-size Optima is Kia’s best-seller, and it’s been an impressive contender in a highly competitive market. Between the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, Ford Fusion and Chevrolet Malibu, there’s not much room for slacking when it comes to family sedans. Kia has worked hard to successfully keep up with the demands of nipping at the heels of the best-sellers, and it follows up on the fresh redesign of the Optima with an equally refurbished Optima Hybrid.

Not to be overshadowed by the introduction of the all-new Niro hybrid, Kia’s gasoline-electric Optima broadens from a single model into a lineup, with the addition of a plug-in hybrid version to the stable. This is as much to improve the breed as it is to keep up with the figurative Joneses: Ford, Toyota and Honda all offer hybrids, and the Optima is available as a plug-in version as well.

Both of the upcoming Optima hybrids are sold under Kia’s new EcoDynamics sub-brand. Kia’s future electric and hybrid projects will also migrate to this umbrella, for stronger brand recognition.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2017 Kia Optima Hybrid.

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2014 Kia Optima T-Hybrid Concept

2014 Kia Optima T-Hybrid Concept

Launched in 2000, the Kia Optima has evolved in a spectacular fashion from the rebadged Hyundai Sonata that was introduced 14 years ago to the sleek and sporty sedan that debuted in 2011. The third-generation model also marked the introduction of a hybrid version, as well as the sedan’s motorsports debut in the Pirelli World Challenge series. At the 2014 Paris Motor Show, Kia showcased yet another variant of the Optima as a concept. This is the Optima T-Hybrid, a study that showcases the company’s newest hybrid drivetrain.

Unlike the production Optima Hybrid, which uses the 2.4-liter gasoline engine and a 30kW electric motor, the T-Hybrid combines the brand’s 1.7-liter turbodiesel engine and electric motor powered by a 48V lead-carbon battery. Although there are no production plans for the Optima T-Hybrid as of this writing, Kia says the innovative drivetrain remains under consideration for future models.

Click past the jump to read more about the Kia Optima T-Hybrid Concept.

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2014 Kia Optima Hybrid

2014 Kia Optima Hybrid

Kia continued its eco-onslaught today at the Chicago Auto Show when it introduced the 2014 Optima Hybrid. It features a revised exterior design similar to the refresh the base gasoline sedan just received heightens the visuals, while some specific hybrid additions increase aerodynamic efficiency. Tons of high-tech equipment and increased levels of safety make this Optima Hybrid sedan ready to storm the market.

The new Optima Hybrid’s gas-electric combination powertrain is good for 199 horsepower and 235 lb-ft of torque. Thanks to this hybrid setup, Kia is promising an EPA-estimated 36 mpg in the city, 40 mpg on the highway, and a combined overall fuel economy of 38 mpg.

The latest Kia Optima sedan has been garnering lots of praise since its refresh this year, and it is nice to see this same level of refinement being applied to the Hybrid. The new design is both and refreshing in a world of “me-too” sedan styling.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Kia Optima Hybrid.

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2012 Kia Optima Hybrid "Superman"

2012 Kia Optima Hybrid "Superman"

What we can tell you for sure at this point is that Kia is a huge fan of cartoon superheroes. Until now, we have seen models inspired by Batman, Aquaman, The Flash, Cyborg and Green Lantern, and as you can see, there is someone missing on this list. Yes, you are right: Superman!

This doesn’t mean that Kia forgot about him. The most likely reason is that the automaker couldn’t find an auto show to unveil the superman-inspired Optima. Well, the wait is over, as the Superman-inspired Optima Hybrid made its debut at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show debut.

The car has been designed in cooperation with Super Street magazine, but except an aggressive body kit and the Superman-inspired coloration we see nothing "super" about this Optima. It gets customer fenders that make it a little bit wider, a beveled front grille resembling Superman’s belt and red headlights. The concept is painted in a very cool blue combined with Superman’s unmistakable chest emblem on the hood and red elements added on the trunk.

The interior features the same blue and red color combination and gets Superman’s iconic "S" shield integrated into the seats and steering wheel.

And that’s pretty much all the super stuffs added in the new Superman-inspired Kia Optima. Was it worth? Most likely not, but is always good to discover your inner-child.

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2012 Kia Optima Hybrid USTCC Pace Car

2012 Kia Optima Hybrid USTCC Pace Car

If we weren’t looking at this car with our very own eyes, we would have never believed that a Kia Optima Hybridcould look this good! Kia has pulled out all of the stops at this year’s SEMA Show with two very impressive update packages based on the hybrid sedan. First, was the Optima Hybrid Griffin and now, the USTCC Kia Optima Hybrid Pace Car.

The new USTCC Optima Hybrid Pace Car will replace the current Kia Soul as the official Safety Car of the USTCC. The car was developed in cooperation with GoGoGear.com and includes a free-flow air intake system, a Magnaflow exhaust system, a coil-over suspension kit to lower the ride height, a front splitter and rear wing, and lightweight wheels wrapped around performance tires.

All of those accessories are amazing in their own right, but the first thing we noticed on the car was the stunning custom color scheme, series graphics, and array of lighting. The Optima now benefits from a crisp black exterior with neon green graphics and a plethora of lighting, including LED auxiliary lights and HID headlight. The Optima Pace Car also has strobe lights and an LED light bar on the roof to help direct traffic while on duty.

The interior was also transformed to make the job easier with a 2,400-watt audio and video system and a DVD system with dual seven-inch monitors in the front-seat headrests and wireless headphones. The Optima was also given custom leather seats with green stitching to match the exterior trim color.

The USTCC Kia Optima Hybrid Pace Car will make its first USTCC appearance in March 2012.

Updated 11/09/2011: We have added real life images of the Kia Optima Hybrid USTCC Pace Car from its official debut on the SEMA floor. Find them in the picture gallery.

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2012 Kia Optima Hybrid Griffin

2012 Kia Optima Hybrid Griffin

Everyone knows that hybrid cars are firstly being built for being environmental friendly and second for great look or performance. But this special Kia Optima Hybrid Griffin is the perfect proof that absolutely any car in the world can look great if you know the changes it needs.

The car has been developed by Kia in cooperation with West Coast Customs as a tribute to Blake Griffin - the company’s official spokesperson. And as you might have expected the car features a a basketball-themed, with custom orange paint scheme combined with 20"matte black wheels and Griffin’s personal logo on the hood.

The interior gets basketball-court flooring in the front and rear seating areas, custom leather seats with Griffin’s autograph embroidered in the front headrests, leather and suede door panel inserts and headliner, and a booming audio system. And if you wanted even more the car also gets two flat-screen TVs mounted in the back of the front headrests connect to a Microsoft®(2) X-Box video game console and a "Pop-A-Shot" basketball hoop mounted in the trunk.

Updated 11/09/2011: We have added new images of the Kia Optima Hybrid Griffin from its official debut on the SEMA floor. Check the picture gallery to see them.

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2011 Kia Optima Hybrid

2011 Kia Optima Hybrid

Kia has unveiled the company’s first ever hybrid model at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The new Optima Hybrid will go on sale early next year and targets models like the 2011 Ford Fusion Hybrid.

The 2011 Optima Hybrid features a Transmission-Mounted-Electric-Drive (TMED) layout with the electric motor separated from the transmission gear-set. The new model will also be among the first full hybrid systems on the market to use a typical step-ratio automatic transmission.

The Optima can be driven in zero emission, full-electric drive mode at speeds up to 62 mph or in blended gas-electric mode at any speed. As for the look of the vehicle, the hybrid model will have many features that the standard Optima lacks. For starters, the front of the car will get a new front grille with a completely new design, as well as a new front lower bumper and new headlamps. There will also be new fog lamps, heated outside mirrors, chrome accents on the exterior door handles, and side sills. The back of the car will see a new rear lower bumper, LED tail lamp design, and a rear lip spoiler. The wheels will be a 16-inch alloy wheel design. Customers will also have the option for a Premium Technology Package that will add extra features to their model.

Press release after the jump.

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2010 Kia Forte Hybrid

2010 Kia Forte Hybrid

Kia brought a hybrid version of the Forte sedan to this year’s SEMA Auto Show with the intent to show the world that a compact hybrid sedan can be anything but boring. The model revealed in Las Vegas is just a concept, but if enough customers show enough interest in this hybrid concept, then we can’t imagine that Kia wouldn’t run to the production line with this one.

The hybrid concept was designed by Kinetic Motorsports and its hybrid system combines a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine fueled by liquefied petroleum gas (propane) and lithium polymer battery with accentuated design characteristics, including body panel enhancements and a lowered stance, to create a one-of-a-kind personality for the environmentally-friendly sedan.

The package is finished by cast aluminum alloy wheels and low-rolling resistance tires for improved fuel economy and reduced road noise. On the inside, interior panel treatments feature custom enhancements, while a 1200 watt Infinity®2 audio system will entertain passengers.

Press release after the jump.

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2010 Kia Ray Plug-In Hybrid Concept

2010 Kia Ray Plug-In Hybrid Concept

After teasing us for quite some time, the Kia Ray Plug-In Hybrid Concept made its official debut at the Chicago Auto Show, a new creation from the "EcoDynamics" studio, the Korean automaker’s global alternative fuel and power train research program. The concept is built from lightweight and recycled materials and features hexagonal roof top solar cells embedded in the glass roof that provide extra power for the lighting and climate control systems.

The concept is powered by an all aluminum Gasoline Direct Injected (GDI) 1.4 Liter engine producing 153 HP combined with a 78kw electric motor mated to a permanently engaged fixed ratio Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) for increased fuel efficiency. The Ray was designed to have a zero emissions range exceeding 50 miles thanks the efficient electric motor from only a single charge and has been rated to receive an estimated 202 MPG. With a full tank of gas and the batteries topped off, the concept has a range of 746 miles.

Press release after the jump.

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