A new chapter begins for Kia Motors with the latest offering in its lineup of global green vehicles with the Kia Niro 2017, a compact gas/electric crossover hybrid. It’s expected to play a significant part in the company’s ‘Going greener’ plan in the next five years. Its design is an amalgamation of an SUV, crossover vehicles and the sports wagon to create a dynamic and stylish vehicle with the vibe of a sports car. The Kia Niro 2017 is expected to provide strong competition to the popularity of the Prius, with its offering of the style and aesthetic appeal of a utility vehicle combined with outstanding fuel economy.
Kia Niro 2017 – Body Appearance and Interior Design:
Constructed of lightweight materials, with a 0.29 coefficient drag, the vehicle includes several crossover details in its design. The exterior of the Kia new model has a far more edgy contouring than other hybrids. The company’s signature tiger-nose grille has been incorporated with a drag cutting active shutter system, and short front and rear overhangs with prominent wheel arches. The flowing roofline ends in a functional spoiler lip, with a quasi-function rear skid plate, roof rails, and distinctive LED-infused lighting.
The Kia Niro 2017 is essentially a five-passenger vehicle. The interior boasts a polished, modern design with split folding rear seats that can be dropped to supply plenty of cargo room. Elevated seating provides easy entry and exit options while providing an unobstructed view of the road ahead. Standard Apple CarPlay and AndroidAuto features are featured, along with a 7.0 capacitative touchscreen, and an offer of Kia’s UVO3 telematics system. Another addition is the Driver Assisted System that includes predictive energy control.
Safety features include autonomous emergency braking and smart cruise control, along with blind spot warning with the help of rear traffic alert, adaptive cruise, and lane departure warning.
Kia Niro 2017 – Powertrain and Automatic Clutch Transmission:
In order to incorporate Niro’s targeted 50+ MPG rated fuel economy and ultra-low CO2 emissions, the Kia Niro 2017 utilizes a 1.6 liter Kappa GDI 4 cylinder engine that produces 104 hp and 108 lbs-ft of torque. It carries a 42 hp electric motor powered by a 1.56 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery pack, along with six-speed automatic clutch transmission system which features an eco mode and a sports mode. A plug-in hybrid powertrain will be added later to the car’s lineup.
Along with a regenerative braking system, it also features a separator starter/ generator unit in front an engine that can recharge the battery pack at the time when the vehicle comes to a halt. The Kia Niro makes a good first impression with excellent acceleration time, positive steering as well as a well-tuned suspension system which combine to give the customer a pleasurable driving experience.
Kia Niro 2017 – Price and Development:
The vehicle is expected to go on sale in late 2016, with a pricing of between 25,000 to 30,000 dollars based on current exchange rates.