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Kia reveals updated Optima Sportswagon plug-in hybrid

The new Kia Optima Sportswagon has a 33-mile all-electric range

Kia has updated the Optima Sportswagon plug-in hybrid for 2019, with a completely redesigned lower front bumper and the addition of LED daytime running lights that give a more dynamic appearance. The 17-inch alloy wheels have been revised, with a new diamond-cut design.

The range of grades has been expanded to two, with a new ‘PHEV Plus’ grade joining the line-up. Additional equipment includes leather upholstery, a panoramic sunroof, Smart High Beam Assist, Hydrophobic front glass, a smart powered tailgate, ventilated front seats, Smart Park Assist System (SPAS), a wireless mobile phone charger, 360-degree Around View Monitor, Blind Spot Detection (BSD) with Rear-cross Traffic Alert (RCTA).

The new Optima Sportswagon plug-in hybrid range joins the all-electric Soul EV, Niro self-charging Hybrid and Niro plug-in hybrid in Kia’s alternative-powertrain line-up.

This will be expanded further in 2019 with the launch of the e-Niro and all-new Soul EV, and helps to drive Kia towards its goal of a 25% reduction in fleet average CO2 emissions by 2020, based on 2014 figures.

With a range of up to 33 miles in all-electric mode, the Optima Sportswagon plug-in hybrid is able to complete many regular urban commuter runs with no tailpipe emissions, while its CO2 figure of just 33g per km (NEDC 2.0) means company car users pay just 13% benefit-in-kind taxation in 2018-19.

The Optima Sportswagon plug-in hybrid combines a 152bhp 2.0-litre direct-injection petrol engine with a 50-kW (66-bhp) electric motor powered by an 11.26-kWh lithium-ion polymer battery pack.

The electric motor replaces the torque converter in the smooth-shifting six-speed automatic transmission. When working together, the combustion engine and electric motor generate 202 bhp and 375 Nm of torque.

A package of aerodynamic, styling and technology features contributes towards the Optima Sportswagon plug-in hybrid’s low CO2 emissions and potential combined fuel economy of up to 188.3 mpg on the new WLTP cycle. These changes ensure the plug-in hybrid is instantly recognisable as the high-efficiency model in the Optima Sportswagon range while minimising any impact on its practicality.

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