Kia announced earlier this week that the updated 2013 Optima Hybrid now has a more performance-driven and fuel-efficient powertrain, additional cargo space, and new premium features. The updated Optima features a stronger Hybrid Starter Generator, 47 horsepower electric traction motor, and a more powerful lithium polymer battery.
The combined horsepower is now at 199, slightly lower than the 206 horsepower it had before. However, torque has increased from 195 lb-ft to 235 lb-ft, making the Optima Hybrid more responsive and powerful. Along with these changes, the Optima is now available in two trim levels, the base and EX. The two options are more fuel efficient with an EPA estimated 36/40 mpg city/highway, and 35/39 mpg city/highway, respectively.
Trunk space has also been improved with the repackaging of the vehicle’s battery pack. The new EX model features navigation with a back-up camera, eight-speaker Infinity audio system, panoramic sunroof, heated and ventilated front seats, adding to the list of amenities.
Built on the gasoline-powered Optima, the Optima Hybrid improves aerodynamics and uses lighter weight components to reduce weight and drag. Aluminum replaces a significant portion of steel to help offset the weight of the hybrid components. For the revised Kia Optima Hybrid, name badges can now be found on the hood, trunk lid, and steering wheel.