The South Korean Company was working very hard in expanding its EV and hybrid lineup. This time they are launching the brand new 2018 Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid. It has just made the world`s premiere at the Geneva Motor Show. This time, new Kia will offer available all-electric driving and therefore improved fuel consumption. With a new towing package, Niro Hybrid will have a towing capacity of 2866 pounds. Moreover, we should see some new available features inside the cabin while the exterior should remain pretty much unchanged.
The new Kia Niro will be available in three trim levels. Those are will be: LX, EX and EX Premium. New Niro will definitively draw worldwide attention and will popularize the whole hybrid car segment.
Powertrain and performance
Under the hood of Kia Niro is placed a hybrid version. It is a combination of 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine with direct injection and an electric motor with 43 horsepower and 28-kilowatt-hour battery. They are all together able to make 140 horses and the torque of 195 pound-feet. The engine will be mated to a six-speed dual-clutch gearbox. The 2018 Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid is expected to use more powerful 44.5Kw electric motor and the same 28kwh battery pack. Electric range of Niro is expected to be roughly 110 to 115 miles. According to the latest news, Niro should offer improved fuel efficiency this time.
The exterior and interior design of 2018 Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid
Like we have said previously, the brand new 2018 Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid shouldn`t be much different than the current version of this model. It will keep its recognizable crossover shape and sleek design. The front end will feature it well known black mesh grille and a pair of narrow headlamps. Perhaps, new Kia will look slightly more aggressive than before. Furthermore, it is not yet confirmed, but latest news says that it will receive a few more exterior colors. New Kia will sit on 16-inch alloy wheels which will give it more athletic appearance.
Speaking of the interior, 2018 Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid will retain its roomy cabin and stylish cabin. However, we can expect some new trim inserts and upgraded features. The seats will be covered in cloth. But costumers will have an option for leather upholstery too. They will be able to choose between black or light grey and black leather. Moreover, heated and ventilated seats will be available as well. The dashboard will feature an improved eight-inch touchscreen and a new seven-inch TFT instrument cluster. As well, the new Kia will come standard with dual-zone climate control, LED headlamps, steering wheel with audio control etc. Higher trim levels will feature the latest Harman ∕ Kardon Premium Sound System.
As for the safety, this crossover will receive many systems and features. Some are: blind-spot monitors, lane-departure warning, rear cross-traffic alert, adaptive cruise control and so on.
Release date and price
2018 Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid should hit the market in late 2017. Some sources claim that it will most likely be in the fall. When it comes to price, there is still no official information. However, we assume that it could be around $30,000.