Kia Motors Corporation is the Korea’s second largest automobile manufacturer. With the thought of making superior car models, the concept of Kia Niro has been debuted at 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show. The same name for 2017 Kia Niro production model has been unveiled at 2016 Chicago Auto Show to highlight its ever-matching performance. The all new Niro is a Hybrid model which promises 50 mpg combined fuel economy. In addition, one can be supposed to get this dedicated hybrid version to join Kia’s global green car lineups. If someone considers about the look, then the owner can be recognized Kia Niro as one of the engaging design models with better functionality. One thing is that buyers will enjoy the ultimate style of this hybrid model where other hybrid models get failed in its appearance.
2017 Kia Niro: Styling, Interior, Features
2017 Kia Niro will come as hybrid sub-compact crossover SUV. The styling of Niro blends crossover and wagon cues, and spectators can see its shape and size to come in between Sportage and Sorento models. In addition, the Niro will adopt the signature ‘tiger-nose’ design for its grille. The front-end headlamps will be featured angular to the hood to offer a unique look. The front bumper will be seen just below the ‘tiger-nose’ along with fog lights on both sides. If someone looks at the back, then one can find Kia Niro has borrowed some design from Sportage. With the incorporation of this design, one can also find small rear glass, high-mounted taillamps, skinny bumper lights and trapezoidal area around the license plate in the apron. The model also features lightweight construction and low center of gravity. Aluminum is used for many components and well-designed aerodynamics has downed the drag coefficient to 0.29.
The manufacturer has confirmed about its luxurious interior that looks great to stay and spend time. With various black and white inserts, it’s clear dashboard will be seen as modern and inviting. In addition, 2017 Niro will incorporate a large infotainment screen with a colorful instrument cluster. The center console and door panels will offer plenty of storage-space that is so helpful to keep smaller objects. The seats will come with increased comfort along with an elevated seating position for a better view of the road. The manufacturer will allocate battery underneath its rear seat with allowable flat load door opening. In terms of its high-tech performances characteristics, new Niro will offer reduced noise measures, UVO infotainment system with 7-inch screen, smartphone integration, WiFI, 8GB storage music, etc. From the advanced driver aids it will include rear cross traffic alert, blind-spot warning, automatic emergency braking and lane departure warning.
2017 Kia Niro: Powertrain
The powertrain of the new Niro will use a direct-injected 1.6 liter 4-cylinder engine which operates on the more efficient Akinson cycle and can produce 103 HP of power. It is coupled with an electric motor to boost up the power with 43 HP that is connected with a 1.56 kWh lithium polymer battery. 2017 Kia Niro will be mated with a 6-speed, double clutch transmission system and the total output is 146 HP and 195 lb-ft. of torque. As we mentioned, Kia promises fuel economy of 50 mpg combined.
2017 Kia Niro: Arrival, Price, Rivals
The price of all new Niro is yet to be announced officially, but it is expected to go around $25,000. Nevertheless, 2017 Kia Niro is supposed to compete with a few competitors. The expected competitors include Toyota Prius and Hyundai Ioniq. The release date is expected late this year.