Kia is adding a plug-in hybrid version to its Niro subcompact crossover SUV nameplate, which offers an estimated 26-mile all-electric range, and a total driving range of up to 560 miles.
The 2018 Niro plug-in hybrid (PHEV), which is the automaker's third plug-in model, combines a 1.6-liter GDI four-cylinder engine with an 8.9 kWh lithium-polymer battery pack and a 60 hp electric motor, according to the automaker. It offers an MPGe rating of 105, and has an EPA-estimated rating of 46 mpg combined (48 mpg city/44 mpg highway). The estimated driving range when both electric and gasoline systems work together is approximately 560 miles.
The Niro PHEV's powertrain combined output offers 139 hp and 195 lb.-ft of torque.
A charging port is located in the driver’s side front fender, and a full charge can be achieved in approximately 2.5 hours via a 240V charger, and under 9 hours on a 120V charger, according to the automaker. An increased high-voltage battery capacity offers an additional 7.34kWh of battery capacity over the hybrid version.
It offers a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, and drivers can choose from several driving modes, including EV mode, Hybrid mode, Eco mode, or Sport mode. The Niro PHEV will be offered in three trim levels—LX, EX and EX Premium.
Advanced driver-assist features include as standard features Smart Cruise Control; Autonomous Emergency Braking; Forward Collision Warning, and Lane Keep Assist System.
The Niro PHEV will be available in showrooms by the end of 2017. The vehicle is under the Kia Motors EcoDynamics sub-brand and represents the company’s path to tripling the brand’s global lineup of alternative fuel vehicles by 2020.