Image credits: © Kia.

2017 Kia Niro PHEV news, pictures, specifications, and information

CROSSOVER PRACTICALITY AND ULTRA-LOW EMISSIONS FROM NEW KIA NIRO PLUG-IN HYBRID

◾Niro Plug-in Hybrid model on sale across Europe during Q3 2017
◾8.9 kWh High-capacity lithium-polymer battery pack and 1.6-litre GDI engine
◾Development engineers target pure-electric range over 55 kilometres
◾CO2 emissions targeted to fall below 30 g/km
◾Plug-in Hybrid crossover offers 324-litre cargo space and spacious cabin
◾Advanced energy-saving measures and unique styling features
◾Optional Towing Pack wîth 1,300 kg capacity

Kia Motors has today unveiled the Niro Plug-in Hybrid at the Geneva International Motor Show. The new derivative combines high versatility and crossover design appeal wîth maximum fuel efficiency from its advanced new plug-in hybrid powertrain.

The Niro Plug-in Hybrid will go on sale across Europe during Q3 2017, pairing an economical 1.6-litre GDI (gasoline direct injection) engine wîth a 8.9kWh high-capacity lithium-polymer battery pack. The latest addition to Kia's hybrid crossover range substantially reduces emissions over the more conventional Niro hybrid – engineers are targeting CO2 emissions below 30 g/km (combined, New European Driving Cycle) and a zero-emissions pure-electric driving range of over 55 kilometres. Final electric range and CO2 emissions figures will be published closer to the car's on-sale date.

Michael Cole, Chief Operating Officer, Kia Motors Europe, commented: 'Annual sales of plug-in hybrid models in Europe are expected to grow to more than 600,000 units by the end of 2023, while the crossover market is also forecast to expand in the coming years. There is a clear demand from customers for a vehicle which combines the practicality and 'cool' image of a compact crossover wîth the ultra-low emissions of an advanced plug-in powertrain. The Niro Plug-in Hybrid will be the only car on the market to offer this combination.'

'The Niro Plug-in Hybrid is one of the latest low-emissions cars from Kia which will help the company achieve its global target for 2020 – to improve fuel efficiency by 25% compared wîth 2014 levels.'

Vital Stats
Engine : 1.6 L., 4-cylinder
Power: 104 hp
Torque: 108 ft-lbs

6-speed Automatic
The Niro Plug-in Hybrid is one of two low-emissions vehicles unveiled by Kia at the Geneva International Motor Show, alongside the new Optima Sportswagon Plug-in Hybrid.

Engineers targeting 55-kilometre plus pure-electric range and sub 30 g/km CO2

The Niro Plug-in Hybrid offers buyers a convincing alternative to compact crossovers powered by traditional gasoline or diesel internal combustion engines. The car gives owners the opportunity to complete short journeys and daily commutes wîth zero emissions and lower running costs.


At the heart of the Niro's new plug-in powertrain is a high-capacity 8.9 kWh lithium-polymer battery pack, growing in size from the 1.56 kWh battery pack found in Kia's hybrid crossover. The new battery pack is paired wîth a more powerful 44.5 kW electric motor (offering almost 40% more power, up from 32 kW) compared to the Hybrid model.

The battery and electric motor are paired wîth the Niro's efficient 1.6-litre 'Kappa' four-cylinder GDI engine, which independently produces 105 ps and 147 Nm torque. The total power and torque output for the Niro Plug-in Hybrid's powertrain will be 141 ps and 265 Nm, enabling the new model to accelerate from 0-to-100 kph in 10.8 seconds (0.7 seconds quicker than the standard Niro).

With greater capacity and electric power output, Kia engineers are targeting a pure-electric driving range of over 55 km. While the standard Niro hybrid emits just 88 g/km of CO2 in its most efficient configuration, emissions for the Plug-in Hybrid model will drop significantly, to below 30 g/km (combined, New European Driving Cycle).

Power is applied to the road through the Niro's six-speed double-clutch transmission (6DCT), allowing drivers to shift gear for themselves for a more immediate, more entertaining drive than other hybrid models equipped wîth a traditional electronic continuously-variable transmission (e-CVT). The 6DCT is paired wîth a Transmission-Mounted Electric Device (TMED), which allows the full output of both the engine and electric motor to be transferred in parallel through the transmission, wîth a minimal loss of energy. This differs from the power-split systems typical of an e-CVT hybrid, which converts a portion of engine output for delivery through the electric motor, resulting in power losses from energy conversion.

Energy-harvesting and predictive driving assistant technologies

The Niro Plug-in Hybrid provides owners wîth a range of technologies to enhance battery efficiency and improve the car's range – in zero-emissions electric mode, and when the 1.6-litre engine is in use.

Regenerative braking technology allows the Niro to harvest kinetic energy and recharge the battery pack while coasting or braking, while a new Eco Driving Assistant System (Eco DAS) provides drivers wîth intelligent guidance on how to drive more efficiently under current conditions. Eco DAS includes Coasting Guide Control (CGC) and Predictive Energy Control (PEC), enabling drivers to maximise fuel mileage by suggesting when to coast or brake.

CGC alerts drivers as to the best time to lift off the accelerator and coast towards a junction, allowing the battery to regenerate under engine deceleration. Operating at certain speeds when a navigation destination is set, it alerts drivers when to coast via a small icon in the instrument cluster as well as an unobtrusive audible warning.

PEC uses the navigation and cruise control systems to anticipate topographical changes – inclines and bends – in the route ahead. It uses this information to determine when best to recharge the battery pack, or to direct stored energy to the wheels and actively manage energy flow accordingly. For example, if it detects an uphill incline coming up, the system may choose to retain more electrical energy to provide greater battery assistance climbing the hill. Conversely, if PEC detects an upcoming opportunity to coast downhill, it may choose to discharge some electrical energy ahead of time, enhancing short-term engine efficiency in the knowledge that it can recharge soon.

Niro retains crossover versatility wîth efficient powertrain packaging

The Kia Niro was engineered from the very start to accommodate a specific range of hybrid powertrains. The introduction of a plug-in hybrid powertrain therefore has minimal effect on packaging and versatility.

The Niro Plug-in Hybrid's high-capacity battery pack is located beneath the floor of the 324 litre (VDA) boot and beneath the rear seat bench. This allows the new derivative to offer buyers greater practicality than other C-§egmènt plug-in hybrid hatchback models, while space in the cabin of the Niro remains unaffected.

There is a dedicated space beneath the boot floor to store the Niro Plug-in Hybrid's charging cable when not in use.

The Niro Plug-in Hybrid will follow its Hybrid sibling in offering an optional Towing Pack – rare amongst cars in the hybrid class – allowing owners to tow braked loads of up to 1,300 kg.

Plug-in Hybrid design and in-car safety and convenience technologies

The exterior and interior design of the Kia Niro Plug-in Hybrid has been adapted to differentiate the car from the existing Niro hybrid.

On the outside of the car, the Niro Plug-in Hybrid features a new satin chrome grille surround, as well as special chrome brightwork wîth a clean metallic-blue finish, applied to thin 'blades' in the front and rear bumpers. The Plug-in Hybrid model is available wîth 16-inch alloy wheels, engineered to reduce wind resistance, as well as new full-LED headlamps and dedicated 'Eco Plug-in' badging.

The interior of the Niro Plug-in Hybrid is upholstered in single-tone black leather, or two-tone light grey and black leather, finished wîth blue stitching, as well as a new blue surround for the dashboard air vents. The new derivative features a new 7.0-inch full-TFT driver instrument cluster, displayingkey information about the powertrain – such as the battery's state of charge – as well as offering suggestions for a more efficient driving style.

The dashboard is fitted wîth Kia's latest 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment and navigation system, configured for the Plug-in Hybrid model to display current electric-only range and the location of nearby charging stations. The infotainment system provides owners wîth maximum smartphone integration, offering Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™. Kia Connected Services powered by TomTomTM provides live traffic updates, weather forecasts and, in certain markets, speed camera alerts. The new Plug-in Hybrid model continues to offer buyers the Niro's wireless smartphone charger, letting users charge their mobile devices on the move. A powerful JBL® premium sound system is also available, wîth Clari-Fi technology to restore the original sound of music that may be lost during the digital audio compression process.

The Niro Plug-in Hybrid offers buyers the same varied range of active safety technologies designed to avoid or mitigate the effects of a collision. As standard, the car is equipped wîth Kia Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) for maximum stability under braking and cornering. If VSM detects a loss of traction, it uses the car's Electronic Stability Control (ESC) system and the electric motor-driven power §teering to help the driver retain control. Other standard active hazard-avoidance technologies available to Niro Plug-in Hybrid buyers include, Autonomous Emergency Braking* (Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist), Lane Keeping Assist, and Driver Attention Warning. Optional safety technologies include Smart Cruise Control, Blind-Spot Collision Warning and Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Warning.

2017 Kia Niro Plug-in Hybrid on-sale during Q3 2017
The new Kia Niro Plug-in Hybrid will go on sale across Europe during Q3 2017 and is manufactured for European markets at Kia's plant in Hwasung, Korea. The car is sold as standard wîth Kia's unique 7-Year, 100,000m warranty, which also covers the battery pack.

*The Autonomous Emergency Braking System (AEBS, Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist) is an assistance system and does not relieve the driver from his/her responsibility to safely operate the vehicle at any time. The driver still has to adapt his/her driving behaviour to his/her personal driving capabilities, to the legal requirements and to the overall road and traffic conditions. AEBS is not designed to drive the vehicle autonomously. For further information, please refer to the owner's manual.

Source - Kia
 
Recent Vehicle Additions

1951 Atlas Babycar 2S

1938 Mercedes-Benz 170V

2017 Volkswagen Golf GTI RS Concept

2017 Volkswagen Golf R Heritage Concept

2017 Volkswagen Jetta GLI Nardo Concept

2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack Country Concept
Kia Motors Reveals All-New Stinger, Picanto And Two Plug-In Hybrids In Geneva
◾European debut for new Kia Stinger fastback sports sedan ◾European premiere for all-new Picanto, on sale from the start of Q2 2017 ◾Niro Plug-in Hybrid and Optima Sportswagon Plug-in Hybrid unveiled ◾All new models sold as standard with Kia's 7-Year, 100,000 mile warranty Today at the 2017 Geneva International Motor Show, Kia Motors unveils four new models. The new Kia Stinger fastback sports sedan makes its European premiere, alongside the all-new Kia Picanto city car. Advanced powertrai...[Read more...]
STYLISH KIA NIRO HYBRID CROSSOVER ON SALE FROM JUST £21,295
◾Kia's first dedicated hybrid and first ever hybrid in the UK ◾Low-cost, high-efficiency motoring in a crossover-style package ◾Built on an all-new platform and featuring an all-new powertrain ◾Fuel economy of up to 74.3mpg with CO2 emissions from 88g/km ◾Available with the latest connectivity and driver assistance features ◾Four models with prices starting at £21,295 Kia today shakes up the staid world of hybrid vehicles with the launch of the all-new Niro, priced from just £21,295. Nir...[Read more...]
2017 HYUNDAI IONIQ MODEL LINEUP MAKES U.S. DEBUT AT NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOW
• World's first dedicated vehicle platform with three electrified low-and zero-emission powertrain choices
• Ioniq offers latest connectivity and active safety features for a comprehensive eco-lifestyle transportation solution
NEW YORK, Mar. 23, 2016 – Hyundai Motor America today unveiled the Ioniq Hybrid, Plug-in Hybrid, and Electric models for the U.S. market at the New York International Auto Show. The Ioniq eco-focused vehicle is the first in the world to offer thr...[Read more...]
KIA MOTORS REVEALS THREE NEW MODELS FOR EUROPE AT THE 2016 GENEVA INTERNATIONAL MOTOR SHOW
◾World premiere for Optima Sportswagon, Kia's first-ever D-segment tourer ◾European debut for Optima Plug-in Hybrid ◾All-new Niro hybrid crossover unveiled in European specification The all-new Kia Optima Sportswagon was today given its global public debut at the 2016 Geneva International Motor Show (86th Salon International de l'Automobile), ahead of the car going on sale across Europe from Q4 2016. The Optima Sportswagon was joined on the Kia stand by the all-new Optima Plug-in Hybrid sal...[Read more...]
KIA TO UNVEIL OPTIMA PLUG-IN HYBRID, THE NEXT STEP IN ITS ‘GREEN' CAR REVOLUTION
◾European debut at next month's Geneva Motor Show ◾Pure-electric range of 33 miles and 37 g/km CO2 development target ◾High-capacity batteries and 2.0-litre GDI engine ◾Visual changes bring improvements in aerodynamic performance ◾New infotainment system with Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™ ◾Advanced energy-saving measures maximise EV range and efficiency ◾High-strength bodyshell and active safety assistance technologies ◾Sharp handling and larger brakes The all-new Optima Plug-in Hyb...[Read more...]

Amanti
Borrego
Cadenza
K900
Optima
Picanto
Rio
Rondo
Sedona
Sephia
Sorento
Soul
Spectra
Sportage

© 1998-2017. All rights reserved. The material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.