Kia unveiled the 2014 Kia Optima T-Hybrid Concept at the 2014 Paris Motor Show. The automaker also revealed the new powertrain and model’s specs. Keep reading to learn more details about this interesting model.
2014 Kia Optima T-Hybrid Concept Design
As you can notice, the 2014 Kia Optima T-Hybrid Concept resembles the latest base model. It still looks very elegant. What is changed for the 2015 model year are both ends of the car, while the doors are pretty much the same as before. There is a small grille on the front, which extends to the headlights with added LED lights. The hybrid has a new set of fog lights, which consists of four small lamps. The revised taillights are also made in LED technology. Below the rear diffuser you can notice a chromed exhaust tip. As for the wheels, customers can choose between 16-, 17-, and 18-inch alloys. Side mirrors come with heating feature and integrated turn signals.
Hybrid Engine, Specs, Performance
The 2014 Kia Optima T-Hybrid Concept is very interesting model, because it features many innovations, which will boost torque and improve power. The car is powered by a 1.7-litre inline-4 turbo diesel engine, paired with an electric motor and 48V battery. It also has a new starter generator. The whole system can produce a total of 160 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. The powertrain allows the sedan to reach the speed of 100 kilometers per hour (62 mph) in about 9 seconds. Its top speed is 220 km/h, which is about 136 mph. There is also a zero-emissions stop-start system. The CO2 emissions are reduced by 20%, the T-Hybrid emits only 128 grams of CO2 gases per kilometer. We can also expect better fuel efficiency.
Optima T-Hybrid Release Date
Given that the new T-Hybrid Concept is just a prototype model, I am not sure if it will ever go on sale. The automaker didn’t release any details regarding its release date. However, I am mostly sure that the innovations and this hybrid technology will be used in company’s future models, maybe even in the next-generation Optima. If it enters into the production, I just hope it won’t cost more than 25 thousand dollars.
Below, you can watch the video that showcases the 2014 Kia Optima T-Hybrid Concept, posted on the automaker’s official YouTube channel.
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