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Kia Showed 3 New Exciting Cars At 2016 Geneva Motor Show
The 2016 Geneva International Motor Show (86th Salon International de l’Automobile), held in March this year, showcased some of the finest cars from around the world.
Kia also took the opportunity and revealed three new exciting vehicles including a Kia Optima Sportswagon, Optima plug-in hybrid sedan and the most anticipated Niro hybrid crossover.
Let’s discuss in detail Kia’s three new exciting cars one by one:
1.Kia Optima Sportswagon
The KIA Optima Sportswagon, inspired from the 2015 Sportspace concept, is launched exclusively for the European markets.
The idea behind the Tourer body style is to improve its practicality and make it more competitive in its segment.
The use of 40:20:40 split-folding rear seats, enables the owners to fit in outdoor equipments like snowboard etc.
On the inside, the KIA Optima Sportswagon features latest audio-visual navigation (AVN) system along with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, allowing the motorists to connect their smartphones wirelessly.
The Kia Optima Sportswagon will be accessible in 3 engine options; a 1.7-liter turbodiesel, a 2.0-liter CVVL (continuously-variable valve lift) gasoline and a 2.0-liter T-GDI (turbocharged gasoline direct injection) mill.
The 2016 KIA Optima Sportswagon will arrive at the dealerships by the end of this year carrying a base price of around $33,600 (£23,000).
2.Kia Optima Plug-in Hybrid
The KIA Optima Plugin Hybrid is the automaker’s first car to employ a plug-in hybrid powertrain.
It is equipped with a 2.0-liter Nu four-cylinder GDI engine mated to a 50 KW electric motor churning out a combined 205 horsepower and 375 Nm (276 lb ft) torque.
The electric motor is powered by a 9.8 kWh lithium-polymer battery pack that allows it to run around 54 Kms solely on electric power.
The Optima Plug-in hybrid boasts two innovative technologies that help saving the battery power. These include a regenerative braking system and HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning system) system.
The exterior is aerodynamically designed featuring an improved front and rear bumper design accompanied by a new exclusive active air flap grille that keeps the drag coefficient limited to 0.25 Cd.
The 2016 Kia Optima plug-in hybrid is planned to go on sale during the fourth quarter of this year, however the pricing details have not been revealed yet.
Kia Niro hybrid crossover
Dubbed as the ‘Hybrid Utility Vehicle’, the KIA Niro hybrid was first revealed at the Chicago Motor Show.
It incorporates a brand new platform specifically designed for hybrid and plug-in hybrid vehicles of Hyundai.
Powering this hybrid crossover is a new 1.6-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine paired with a 32 Kw electric motor.
On the whole, this system yields 139bhp and 195lb ft of torque. A 1.56kWh lithium ion polymer battery which KIA claims is the lightest and the most efficient ever made powers the electric motors.
The fuel economy statistics have not been revealed yet, but KIA is aiming to achieve a target CO2 emissions rating of 89 g/km.
In terms of design, the KIA Niro hybrid is smaller than the new Sportage and 2016 Kia Sorento with a wheelbase measuring 2,700mm.
The boot space is 421 liters and there would be enough room for 4 passengers. The Niro is currently in production and will hit the markets late 2016 or sometime in 2017 with an estimated starting price of $26,000-$30,000.