Kia Motors has announced that it will be revealing a new Kia Optima plug-in hybrid (PHEV) variant in 2016 to join its existing Optima hybrid (pictured here), which will also be updated for the year.

To be badged as the Kia Optima EcoPlugin and the EcoHybrid, both vehicles will be made available for global markets. The updated hybrid model will be revealed in the first half of 2016, while the new PHEV will make its global debut in the second half of the year.

The Kia Optima EcoPlugin will feature a 156 hp/189 Nm 2.0 litre four-cylinder GDI (gasoline direct injection) engine boosted by a transmission-mounted 68 hp electric motor. The Optima PHEV’s total system output will be rated at 205 hp at 6,000 rpm. No total torque figures were revealed, but the figures provided are very similar to the recently-launched Korean-spec K5 Hybrid.


A 9.8 kWh lithium-polymer traction battery is said to be included and can be recharged to full power in under three hours, based on a 240-volt power supply. Kia has claimed that its Optima PHEV will have a full-electric driving range of 43 km, while fuel consumption figures are rated to be 2.3 litres per 100 km.

Moving over to the Kia Optima EcoHybrid, the Korean car maker confirmed that the existing model will be treated to an upgrade that will largely focus on improving fuel efficiency up to 10%.

Featuring the same 156 hp/189 Nm 2.0 litre petrol engine, the Optima hybrid will be boosted by a 52 hp electric motor for a total system output of 195 hp at 6,000 rpm. The upgraded six-speed automatic transmission houses the electric motor and clutch which replaces the traditional torque converter.

An upgraded lithium-polymer traction battery with a 13% increase in capacity (now 1.62 kWh) is positioned under the vehicle’s boot floor to avoid compromising the Optima’s cargo capacity.

Each of the new Kia Optima hybrid models will also get distinct styling and features to set them apart from their counterparts. Kia tells us that these unique items include an active front radiator grille with silver brightwork and clean metallic blue finishing on the front grille surrounds, rear bumper elements, and wheel arches. Each model will also feature their respective EcoPlugin and EcoHybrid badges where necessary.

Kia has not released any images of its two new hybrid models as yet, so do note that the images used here are of the current Korean-market Kia Optima Hybrid model.

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