Kia To Show Optima T-Hybrid Diesel In Paris This Week

This week in Paris Kia will showcase its mild hybrid diesel “Optima T-Hybrid” which it first previewed March this year in Geneva.

Powered by the company’s production 1.7-liter CRDi turbo diesel, Kia has paired a 48-volt battery and small electric motor which it says allows limited pure EV driving at low speeds and when cruising.

A video posted with cutaway animation of the powertrain in operation however says “electric supercharger” not “turbocharger,” so we expect more clarification on this.

When this powertrain may be put into production or whether it makes it to the U.S. any time soon is to be determined.