Kia has just unveiled its 2014 Optima Hybrid mid-size sedan at the Chicago Auto Show. The eco-friendly vehicle is built upon its gas-powered sibling, but includes its own enhancements such as unique front and rear fascia, new wheel designs, grille and lighting elements. 

The model will be offered in LX and EX trim levels. 2014 Kia Optima Hybrid features 47 HP electric traction motor, a strong Hybrid Starter Generator (HSG) and a powerful 47 kW lithium polymer battery. The combined gas-electric power is rated at 199 hp (146 kW) and combined 318 Nm (235 lb.-ft.) of torque remain. The resul is the following: LX trim level achieves an EPA estimated 36 mpg city, 40 mpg highway and 38 mpg combined, while the EX delivers an EPA estimated 35/39/371 respecitvely. 

Furthermore, the model features dynamic and sporty design upgrades in order to increase fuel efficiency. A series of additional vents in the Optima Hybrid’s unique front bumper increase the airflow and reduce the drag and at the same time contribute towards the enhanced aerodynamics. 

The new hybrid models run on 16- and 17-inch alloy wheels (LX and EX, respectively). New are also the front grille design, Hybrid-exclusive front LED lighting, new Hybrid fender badges and the optional interior white leather package. 

Next, the technological improvements add an ignition push button, 4.3-inch TFT LCD instrument cluster and optional high-resolution 8-inch navigation and telematics screen, an 8-speaker Infinity sound system, HD Radio, SiriusXM Satellite Radio and SiriusXM Traffic.

At last, the 2014 Kia Optima Hybrid includes also advanced safety features. All trims come standard with driver and passenger advanced front airbags, front seat-mounted side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags, four-wheel Antilock Brake System (ABS), Vehicle Stability Management (VSM), Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Traction Control System (TCS) and Hill Start Assist Control (HAC). 

Source: Kia