2012 Kia K5 gasoline-electric hybrid

Kia K5 gasoline-electric hybrid car with 150-horsepower 2.0L four-cyl. Nu engine introduced in South Korea!

Kia K5 hybrid car has first been introduced to the South Korean consumers during the Seoul Auto Show last month.

The South Korean second largest carmaker used the event to showcase its latest electric-hybrid powertrain technology that will soon debut in the Korean-specs K5 hybrid ( and possibly; Euro-specs Optima hybrid sedan).

The all-new Kia K5 hybrid features Kia’s new electric-hybrid car powertrain system which is slightly different than the one available in the US-specs Optima Hybrid.

The US-market Optima Hybrid is fitted with a 169-horsepower 2.4L Theta II four-cylinder engine, while the above-mentioned Korean sibling features Kia‘s 2.0L Nu four-cylinder engine with slightly less power. The 2.0L Nu engine generates 150 horsepower, according to Kia.

The 150-horsepower four-cylinder engine is coupled with a 30-kw electric motor and six-speed automatic transmission, which was developed specifically for Hyundai-Kia hybrid electric vehicles.

The vehicle is also equipped with lithium ion polymer battery pack that has a 63 percent higher power density and is 25 percent lighter than conventional batteries used in other hybrid electric vehicles. According to Kia, the Korean-market Optima hybrid car’s fuel economy is rated at 21 kilometers per liter.

The Optima Hybrid also sports Kia’s stop and go system – ISG and several other hi-tech features including a virtual engine sound system which enables pedestrians to hear the vehicle when running in full-electric mode.

The hybrid-electric versions of the 2012 Kia Optima has also been given a slight design update to differentiate  it from its internal combustion engine-driven cousin. The Optima Hybrid sports a slightly redesigned front bumper and signature grille as well as new alloy-wheels.

In South Korea, the all-new Kia K5 hybrid electric car is available in three trim levels, priced at 29.25 million won ($27,200), 30.95 million won and 31.95 million won. The vehicle also has a six year or 120.000 km warranty.

18 thoughts on “2012 Kia K5 gasoline-electric hybrid

  1. the 2.0 Nu engine… is this realy a new engine? bcuz when i check for the 1.8 Nu engine in the Hyundai Elantra, externally it look very very similar to the 2.0L Theta 2.!

    or it is the new name since Chrysler/Fiat acquire the balance of the world engine (GEMMA) or Theta II Hyundai engine block based composed back then of Chrysler LLC Mistubishi motors and HKAG!

  2. this new 2.0L will be similar on type as the 2.4L Theta 2 2.4 of the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid ?
    this special version 2.4 theta 2 is running on an Atkinson cycle who give it better milage and less emission less pumping loss in compression stroke and a lower compression ratio.

  3. in canada (april 2011) Nissan and Infinity division sell 7 265 vehicles!

  4. georgia plant belongs to KIA, although we build the SAante fe for Hyundai out of Georgia.

  5. Corwin, your right. West Point, GA Manufacturing Plant belongs to Kia (BUT) Kia is actually owned by Hyundai so, Hyundai Corp probably holds the Title to the Plant, right?

  6. wouldn’t surprise me Philip. I know the plant is the (KMMG) Kia motors manufacturing georgia.

  7. Mobis is the parts suplier for Hyundai and Kia. I read that Mobis owns part of Hyundai and Kia owns part of Mobis.

  8. The Hyundai Kia Automotive Group is the parent. Hyundai Motor Company and Kia Motors Corporation as well as Hyundai Mobis (parts), Hyundai Hysco (steel) and Hyundai Rotem are the larger of its subsidiaries.

  9. Is this car is the first electric-hybrid car of Kia?

    Mark David, I am pretty sure this is Kia’s first electric-hybrid car ever. They have probably bantered the idea of engineeringly over raspberry jelly donuts and Seattle’s Best coffee for several years but this is the one they’re deciding to actuall put in one of their rigs, in this case the sexy new ’11 Kia Optima. Great choice to put one of them in, I must say. And now I must follow this one in to maturity because I might be interested in purchasing one of them!

  10. The 2012 Kia Optima Hybrid and Hundai Sonata Hybrid use exactly the same drive train (entirely different bodies though). Didn’t Hundai recently buy kia motors? or is that just a rumor?

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