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Kia's first hybrid offering Optima PHEV launched in the UK

Kia's first hybrid offering Optima PHEV launched in the UK
Sagar Bhanushali Sagar Bhanushali Thursday 25 August 2016, 13:36 PM

Kia has just launched its first plug-in hybrid model for the UK markets. Called the Optima PHEV, this clever new sedan is priced at £31,495 (Rs 27.92 lakh) and comes with a range of up to 33 miles in all-electric mode.

 

The Optima PHEV is powered by a 154bhp, 2-litre direct injection petrol engine and a 67bhp electric motor powered by a 9.8kW lithium-ion polymer battery pack. The electric motor replaces the torque converter in the 6-speed automatic transmission. When working together, the petrol engine and electric motor generate a combined output of 202bhp and 375Nm of torque.     

Kia says it has made some design revisions which contribute towards the car’s low CO2 emissions and good fuel economy. The most significant aerodynamic change is an active air flap grille which lowers the car's drag co-efficient to 0.25 when closed. The clever integration of the batteries behind the rear seat and in the spare wheel well, along with a 15-litre reduction in the car's petrol tank, means the Optima PHEV is still able to offer a decent 307-litre boot space.

Hybrid sales in the UK and mainland Europe have doubled over the past five years and are expected to reach 700,000 units a year by the end of the decade. The Optima PHEV then is a clever move by Kia to ensure that the brand is well positioned to take advantage of this growth.

 

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