The Windy City became the backdrop for the global unveiling of three vehicles for the 2017 Kia line-up: the Niro Hybrid Utility Vehicle (HUV), the completely redesigned Optima Hybrid, plus the the Optima Plug-in Hybrid.
Kia Debuts New 2017 Vehicles
Kia Motors America had a busy morning during the 2016 Chicago Auto Show yesterday. They had big news coming out of the show when they unveiled three all-new vehicles.
2017 Niro Hybrid Utility Vehicle (HUV)
The HUV is a no-compromise vehicle that combines driving enjoyment with eye-catching design, functional utility and hybrid efficiency, the all-new Niro strikes the perfect balance for today’s consumers and stakes claim to a unique position between the hybrid-electric vehicle and CUV segments with an innovative hybrid system that directly contributes to a dynamic driving experience. Niro maintains the style and appeal of a utility vehicle while offering outstanding fuel economy with a targeted 50 mpg combined.
2017 Optima Hybrid
The Optima HEV enjoys the same full redesign – inside and out – as the conventional gas-powered model, the all-new fourth-generation Optima sedan, bringing with it a new hybrid powertrain that targets a 10% improvement in fuel economy over the outgoing model. The enhanced HEV blends modern styling and a premium driving experience with an even more intense focus on efficiency.
2017 Optima Plug-in Hybrid
Kia’s first PHEV joined the two aforementioned fuel-efficient additions to the brand’s growing line-up of eco-friendly vehicles. All three of which are being introduced under the Kia Motors EcoDynamics environmentally friendly sub-brand. A host of new technologies and features in the Kia Optima PHEV, including a more powerful hybrid engine, a smarter and more robust telematics system, exterior design enhancements, and greater interior refinement, all combine to deliver a superior hybrid drive experience.
The all-new 2017 Optima Plug-in Hybrid is crafted with many of the same luxurious appointments of its gas-powered sibling, along with numerous Hybrid-exclusive touches, including a distinctive instrument cluster and unique exterior design elements and specially designed alloy wheels. The Optima Plug-in Hybrid, available in one trim, EX, will be built at Hwasung, South Korea, and is expected to go on sale in the fourth quarter of this year. Pricing will be announced closer to the on-sale date.
Information about Kia Motors America and its full vehicle line-up is available at kia.com.