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A hybrid wagon produced by Kia beginning in model year 2017.

History

The following section is an excerpt from Wikipedia's Kia Niro page on 6 October 2018, text available via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

The Kia Niro is a hybrid subcompact crossover manufactured by Kia Motors since 2016. A plug-in version was launched in the United Kingdom in the end of 2017, and in the United States in the beginning of 2018, with an electric version expected to follow in 2018.

Concept (2013)

The Kia Niro concept debuted at the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show. The car, designed almost entirely by Peter Schreyer at Kia's Frankfurt studio, is a sporty three door subcompact crossover, with butterfly doors that open into the roof panel.

The front wheels are powered by the 1.6 litre Gamma inline-4 producing 160 hp mated with a seven speed rotary-shifted dual-clutch transmission, while a 45-hp electric hybrid system powers the rear wheels when driving in rougher road conditions.

Production version

The 2017 Kia Niro was unveiled at the 2016 Chicago Auto Show. A subcompact hybrid utility vehicle, the Niro uses a hybrid powertrain producing altogether 139 hp, and returns a fuel economy of 43 to 50 miles per US gallon (5.5 to 4.7 L/100 km) by also using lightweight materials, including high strength steel and aluminium.

Its battery has a capacity of 1.56 kWh, and a weight of 33 kg.

Kia markets the exterior design, as "un-hybrid", saying it is more conventional than other hybrid cars.

In 2018, a plug-in version is offered as well. The Kia Niro and Niro Plug-in Hybrid form part of Kia hybrid range that also includes the Optima Plug-in Hybrid and Optima Sportswagon Plug-in Hybrid. The Kia Niro went on sale in South Korea on 31 March 2016. In its first month on sale Niro hit an all time sales record in South Korea's green car market, even beating the Hyundai Ioniq.


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DateArticleAuthor/Source
18 September 2013Kia Niro’s Waiting, Talking Korean Geoff Maxted, DriveWrite Automotive
11 May 2017Petition for Exemption From the Federal Motor Vehicle Theft Prevention Standard; Hyundai-Kia America Technical Center, Inc.Federal Register: NHTSA (Raymond R. Posten)


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