You have heard a lot about the upcoming release of the Kia Optima – but have you heard about the Hybrid version also known as HEV? It was recently unveiled at the 2016 Chicago Auto Show and we have more information on what the 2017 model will contain. Keep reading for more information.

Kia targeted a 10 percent improvement in the fuel economy of this vehicle for its 2017 release. They have done this through a 2.0-liter GDI four-cylinder engine the produces 154 horsepower. It will be partnered with a six-speed transmission and a hybrid starter generator, as well as a 38 kW electric motor.

But this vehicle is not only fuel efficient, it is filled with technology to make this vehicle as safe as it can be. These technologies include Autonomous Emergency Braking, Blind Spot Detection, Advanced Smart Cruise Control, Lane Departure Warning System and Front Collision Warning System.

“Kia is pursuing a bold initiative to increase fuel efficiency by 25 percent across our entire model line-up by 2020, and new models like the Optima HEV and PHEV will be critical to realizing that vision,” said Orth Hedrick, vice president, product planning, KMA. “The brand’s commitment to sustainability, coupled with our history of delivering premium amenities and value, has never been more evident than in these all-new hybrid vehicles, which are world-class examples of green engineering, advanced technology and design.”

Folsom Lake Kia looks forward to seeing the 2017 Kia Optima Hybrid on our lot. Until then you are always welcome to swing by our El Dorado Hills area lot to check out any of the new and pre-owned Kia vehicles we have in stock. We look forward to seeing you soon.