The 2017 Kia Optima is a new Optima model. Optima models by automobile manufacturer Kia is a successful line of models that have developed over the years and has made its mark in the automobile market. The 2017 Optima will be coming with two different models which are Kia Optima Hybrid Sedan and Kia Optima Sportswagon. This new 2017 Optima was just a concept in the previous year, and now it has turned into reality as production models have already started to be manufactured.
2017 Kia Optima – External Body Parts and the interior Cosmetic Changes
The 2017 Kia Optima Hybrid sedan has a striking look with appealing modernism. Great curves can be seen in the outer body of this sedan. Although the change in its outer body is not vast, many small changes can be seen which are done to increase the performance of this sedan. A new feature in this hybrid sedan is the active grille system. This active grille system is amazing for engine cooling because this grille opens and closes automatically when driving at high speeds. The rear bumper is modified and redesigned by including an air diffuser.
Satin finish paint can be seen in its outer body; exterior lightings are LED and wheel are new. The 2017 Kia Optima Sportswagon shares the same design language of Kia Optima Hybrid Sedan. The front fascia is the same like its hybrid model, and it somewhat look like a combination of Kia Optima GT and 2017 Kia Optima Hybrid. The overall look of its outer body is made sportier. The fog lights in front part is mounted in each corner; corner vents are a bit overly done, rear windows are extended and made long, fender vent are revisited, exhaust pipe tips are oval in shape, wheel option are a 16 inch, a 17 inch and 18-inch wheels.
Hybrid sedan of Kia Optima 2017 has a comfortable interior cabin, the instrument panel is unique, UVO infotainment system by Kia is present which is compatible with Apple 5 CarPlay and Android 4Auto. The seats have heating and cooling functions and have vibration reduction frame. One of the most interesting features of this car is a new Eco-DAS1, which is a Driving Assistance System. This program gives instructions to the driver for efficient driving.
The 2017 Kia Optima Sportswagon is said to have a plenty amount of cargo space in the interior cabin as the back seats can be easily folded. Space of this cargo cabin at the back is nearly 20 cubic feet. A mat can be extended to this cargo cabin from the rear seats. This sports wagon also has its interior cabin which is similar to the interior of the hybrid sedan. There will be color choices for this interior cabin, and some of them are light Gray, dark Gray and black. Of course, this will vary according to the price of the model.
2017 Kia Optima – Engine and Fuel Economy
For the sports wagon model, the engine option is going to be a 1.7-liter CRDI diesel engine or a 2.0-liter CVVL gasoline engine. The 1.7-liter CRDI diesel engine will be generating 139 hp and 250 pound-feet of torque. Another engine which is the 2.0-liter CVVL gasoline engine will be able to produce 160 hp. Transmission options for this model are a six-speed manual double clutch transmission and a six-speed automatic transmission system.
The 2017 Kia Optima sedan hybrid will be powered with 2.0-liter direct injection four cylinder engine. This engine will produce a raw 154 hp and this engine is connected to a 38 kW motor. This electric motor will add more power to produce an output of 193 hp. A six-speed transmission will be mated to this engine instead of a CVT.
The 2017 Kia Optima hybrid sedan will have a great fuel economy as it is a hybrid model. It will give 36 miles per gallon in city and 40 miles per gallon in the highway. Fuel economy of Kia Optima Sportswagon will not be as good as the hybrid model but should be good enough for a wagon.
2017 Kia Optima – Release Date, Price and Competitors
The Kia Optima Sportswagon will be premiering at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show on 1 March. Starting price of this sportswagon may be $22,500. The Kia Optima Hybrid Sedan is supposed to be launched in the fourth quarter of 2016. This 2017 Kia Optima hybrid sedan may have its price range around $20,000 and above.
The Kia Optima Hybrid will face competitors like Toyota Camry Hybrid, Ford Fusion Hybrid, and Honda Accord Hybrid. The main competitors of Kia Optima Sportswagon are Ford Mondeo Wagon and Volkswagen Passat Estate.