Kia Optima T-Hybrid Concept debuts new, more-efficient technology

By Bob Nagy on October 6, 2014 10:52 AM

Showing a potential real-world application of the firm's new mild hybrid system revealed earlier this year in Geneva, Kia showed the Optima T-Hybrid Concept in Paris. While there's still no commitment as to when the latest variation on the hybrid theme will see a showroom, it does promise more fuel efficiency, thanks to a new electric supercharger and 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission along with a supplemental electric motor energized by an advanced 48-volt lead-carbon battery pack. 

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Capable of being used with either gasoline or turbodiesel internal combustion engines - here a 4-cylinder 1.7-liter CRDi unit -- Kia says its new setup can raise overall fuel efficiency by 15-20 percent and trim CO2 emissions by a similar level. It also promises quicker throttle response and quieter, smoother operation of the integrated start/stop system and belt-drive starter/generator. Despite its mild-hybrid status, the new T-Hybrid system also will permit low-speed vehicle operation in pure EV mode.  

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