2018 Kia Niro – Kia has an internal plan to improve its overall fuel economy numbers by 25 percent between 2014 and 2020, and it has worked on this target with many new environmental-oriented models. Following the release of the Niro Hybrid Crossover, the automaker’s dedicated eco model and, amid rumors of an all-electric version of the Stinger sports sedan, Kia has now introduced a plug-in hybrid version of Crossing Niro.
2018 Kia Niro Review
Kia offers an Eco Driver Wizard system with energy-efficient and state-of-the-art guidance features. Using information from the GPS navigation system, it allows drivers to brake, rib and use the road topography to better consume or conserve energy. Regenerative braking converts kinetic energy into electricity for the battery pack, while location mapping in the infotainment system can drive drivers to the nearest recharging station if they need a Charge on a longer trip. And for those who are willing to yield a little fuel economy for practicality, there will also be a towing option, which gives the 2018 Kia Niro plug-in hybrid up to 2866 pounds of towing capacity. We doubt whether this package is in the US, but if this happens, expect to have a much lower rating here.
2018 Kia Niro Engine
Its powertrain begins with a new 1.6-liter GDI four-cylinder Kappa that has been reorganized for hybrid applications. By making 103 horsepower, the engine works in conjunction with a 43 hp tractor engine, known as the Transmission Mounted Electrical Device (TMED). Together, the hybrid powertrain produces 146 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque. Power is transmitted through a new six-speed dual-clutch transmission. The whole system together is a compact, lightweight 1.56 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery located under the rear seat. Because the high-voltage battery is both energy and dense energy, engineers have been able to use the petrol-reduced engine to maximize fuel economy and reduce emissions.
2018 Kia Niro Release Date
The New Niro plug-in hybrid is on sale in Europe this fall, but there is not yet any official word on an American launch. We should know more in the coming weeks.