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by Jez Spinks

The Kia Optima Hybrid has optimised its environmental performance.

The South Korean brand has announced an upgrade for the petrol-electric medium car – a variant that is not yet available in Australia.

Tweaks to the Kia Optima’s parallel hybrid system see fuel economy improve by 0.3 litres per 100km to 5.1L/100km and CO2 emissions reduce from 125 grams per kilometre to 119g/km. Combined power has slipped by 9kW to 131kW, though torque increases to 319Nm and is produced lower than before – from 1000 to 2000rpm.

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Performance remains at 0-100km/h in 9.4 seconds with a top speed of 192km/h.

The Kia Optima Hybrid slices through the air more easily, however, with the introduction of low-drag alloy wheels, smoother underbody panels, lip spoiler and a revised grille that features an active air flap contributing to improve aerodynamics.

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Kia engineers have also made the Optima Hybrid more practical by moving the hybrid system and battery air cooling air duct to free up another 12 litres of boot space – now 381L. A full-size spare wheel is also now accommodated.

The Kia Optima Hybrid can run in full electric mode up to a maximum speed of 100km/h.




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