Kia has announced updates to its 2013 model year Optima Hybrid model, improving the torque of the sedan as well as its fuel efficiency.
The Korean automaker has outfitted the 2013 Optima hybrid with a new electric motor that provides more horsepower, but the gasoline engine also sacrifices the same amount – seven. The torque figure from the engine remains the same at 154 lb-ft, as does the electric motor at 151 lb-ft, however, the lithium-polymer battery pack now has more capacity and takes up less trunk space resulting in more torque overall to 235 lb-ft combined, from 195 lb-ft.
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Combined horsepower sees a net loss of seven to 199 hp, but fuel efficiency is improved from 34 mpg in the city and 39 mpg on the highway to 36-mpg city, 40-mpg highway on the Optima hybrid LX model. The Optima hybrid EX model gets a slight bump in city mpg to 37. According to Kia, the increased mileage is a result of improved battery cooling and an updated software management system.
The 2013 Optima hybrid LX will start at $26,675 while the higher-end EX model will have a starting MSRP of $32,725. Standard on the EX model is a collection of amenities that were part of the 2012 LX’s Premium Tech package that cost $5,350: HID headlights, 17-inch wheels, Infinity audio system, panaromic sunroof, navigation, heated front and rear seats, and a cooled driver’s seat. As for LX owners, a Convenience Package is now offered for $700 which adds eight-way power driver’s seat and the automaker’s UVO infotainment system.
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