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 hybrid crossover Niro, the car\’s eco-dedicated model, and amid rumors of an all-electric version of the Stinger sports sedan, Kia has now introduced a plug-in hybrid version of the Niro crossover.
The 2018 Kia Niro PHEV made its debut at the Geneva Motor Show next to Picanto’s cute city car and a plug-in plug-in hybrid of Optima (none of them coming to the US). The Niro PHEV to America should strengthen the driving range for one of the few hybrid vehicles available. The Niro 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.
For obsessed mileage, Kia offers an Eco Driving Assistant system with coastal and predictive navigation features. Using information from the GPS-linked navigation system, it drives drivers on when to brake, coast, and use the road topography to better consume or conserve energy. Regenerative braking converts a certain kinetic energy into electricity for the battery, while location in the entertainment system can lead the drivers to the nearest charging station if they need a charge on one Longer journey. And for those who are willing to give up some fuel economy for convenience, there will also be a towing option, which gives the Niro plug-in hybrid up to 2866 pounds of towing capacity. We had a great time. Thank you for taking the time to write this review.
The Niro plug-in hybrid will go on sale in Europe this fall, but there is still no official word on a US launch. We should know more in the coming weeks.