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2017 Kia Optima plug-in hybrid debuts at the Chicago Auto Show

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In addition to the new Niro hybrid, Kia has unveiled the 2017 Optima plug-in hybrid, at the Chicago Auto Show. Both models are part of Kia’s plan to increase fuel efficiency by 25 percent across the entire Kia model line-up by 2020.

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In addition to the new Niro hybrid, Kia has unveiled the 2017 Optima plug-in hybrid, at the Chicago Auto Show. Both models are part of Kia’s plan to increase fuel efficiency by 25 percent across the entire Kia model line-up by 2020.
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Related: 2017 Kia Niro Hybrid debuts in Chicago

The Optima PHEV is powered by a 2.0L four-cylinder engine and a transmission-mounted 50 kW electric motor. The powertrain generates a combined 154-hp and sends the power to the front wheels via a six-speed automatic transmission. Thanks to its 9.8 kWH lithium-ion battery, the Optima PHEV can travel up to 27 miles in full EV mode, which is longer than many of its rivals. A full charge can be achieved in less-than three hours via a 240V charger, and less-than nine hours via a 120V charger.

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The Optima PHEV will only be available in one trim level, EX and it is expected to go on sale in the fourth quarter of this year.

Source: Kia