2017 Geneva Motor Show – Kia Niro Plug-in Hybrid
Kia showed up at Geneva bearing gifts, with a new addition to the Niro line-up as part of the company’s display. The Kia Niro Plug-in Hybrid mixes an 8.9kWh lithium-polymer battery pack with a 1.6-liter GDI petrol for an environmentally friendly transportation and 34 miles (55 km) range. It seems that the Niro will be the first plug-in compact crossover on the market, and Kia is feeling confident that this will get them some serious market share and profit.
A 44.5kW electric motor will help the 104-hp engine to allow the driver to benefit from 139 hp and 265 Nm of torque. Those numbers may not sound like much, but they allow the car to do 0 to 62mph in 10.8 seconds. The six-speed DCT gearbox and Eco Driving Assistant System will allow for a smooth and efficient road trip. Please note the subtle styling tweaks, such as the satin chrome grille surround and blue highlights on the bumpers, as well as the 16″ alloys, full-LED headlamps, and Eco Plug-in badges. The cabin packs an 8″ touchscreen, a 7″ TFT instrument cluster and more. By the end of the summer this car will be on a road near you.