Following the arrival of the sportier, restyled 2014 Kia Optima late last fall, the Korean automaker revealed its refreshed 2014 Kia Optima Hybrid at the 2014 Chicago auto show. The mid-size hybrid gets its own updated appearance package for 2014, with a focus on improved aerodynamics and lighting features.
The 2014 Kia Optima Hybrid takes the stage at Chicago with redesigned front and rear fascias that feature exclusive components meant to improve aerodynamics and fuel efficiency. Specially revised upgrades from the 2014 Kia Optima include more aerodynamic 16- and 17-inch alloy wheels (for LX and EX models, respectively), as well as a new front intake and bumper that Kia claims improves airflow and reduces drag. A new grille combines with exclusive LED front lighting over the headlamps to help distinguish the Optima Hybrid. Other new additions include Hybrid fender badges and an optional white leather interior package.
Combined power from the combustion engine and the 47-hp electric motor totals 199 hp and 235 lb-ft of torque, the same as last year’s Kia Optima Hybrid. Kia’s stronger hybrid starter generator and 47 kW lithium-polymer battery remain, and the fuel economy ratings are unchanged at 36/40 mpg city/highway for the LX model, and 35/39 mpg city/highway for the EX model.
The 2014 Kia Optima Hybrid debuts at the 2014 Chicago auto show alongside two other fuel-efficient Kia models, the 2015 Kia Soul EV and the Kia Niro concept hybrid. No official release date or pricing information is yet available, but expect it to be not far off last year’s starting price of $26,675 including destination for the base LX model.