2011 Kia Optima to get hybrid variant early next year

Yesterday, Kia released a couple of sketches of the upcoming Kia Magentis, known in the U.S. as the Optima, which will make its debut at the 2010 New York Auto Show. According to Kia spokesman Michael Choo, a hybrid version of the mid-sized sedan will enter production in Dec. 2010 and will be on sale in the U.S. market in early 2011. The gasoline version of the 2011 Kia Optima will go on sale in the fall.

Choo said that both versions of the Kia Optima will be on display alongside each other in New York.

The 2011 Kia Optima is longer, wider and lower than the current generation. It also sits on a longer wheelbase, allowing for more interior room and cargo space. We’ll have more details for you from the 2010 New York Auto Show next month.

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2011 Kia Magentis (Optima) Sketches:

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