Kia has an internal plan to improve its overall fuel consumption rate by 25 percent between 2014 and 2020, and it has worked towards that target with many new green-based models. Following the launch of the Niro Hybrid Crossover, the car’s eco model and the rumors of an all-electric version of the Stinger sports sedan, Kia has now introduced a hybrid plug-in version of the Niro crossover.
Kia Niro 2018 Design
The athletic athletic Niro-like wide and low proportions with long wheelbase and short overhangs complimented by strong shoulders, bold wheel arches, rocker panel coating and roof rails. The aggressively shaped headlights highlight a new interpretation of the Kia Tiger Nose Grid. At the rear, a rear skid plate, and multi-element horizontal LED headlamp completes its non-typical sporty look.
Niro drives with athletic agility because of its lightweight but strong, eco-car platform designed for hybrid powertrain. Using 53 percent light weight Advanced High Strength Steel in frame and structural and aluminum elements for the hood, tailgate and several suspension elements, the Niro weighs less than 3,300 pounds.
Niro’s wheelbase provides a spacious and comfortable cab with room for up to five passengers plus gear. Headroom is an impressive front and rear with leg 41.7 inches front and 37.4 inches rear. Loading space behind the rear seats and with the second row seats folded flat, loading space increases,
Kia Niro 2018 Engine
The Kia Niro 2018 base uses a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine coupled to a permanent magnet synchronous AC motor powered by a 1.6 kWh lithium-ion battery. The plug-in uses the same configuration but increases the power capacity with a 8.9 kWh battery mounted under the rear seats and the loading floor. The company published no horsepower, torque or fuel economy, but claimed that the Niro plug-in could deliver up to 34 miles of pure range on a full charge.
Kia Niro 2018 Release Date and Price
Expect to see the Niro plug-in hit the US around October or November this year. The regular Niro hybrid will soon reach the dealers at a starting price of $ 23,785 (including the $ 895 destination)