Kia has proven so it can make great crossover SUV models and Kia Sportage and Sorrento definitely justifies attention. Nevertheless, the second area of the story, the greener one, is the Kia Niro, the model focused on setting and performance friendly technologies. Kia released this model for the 2017 model year with the hybrid powertrain only and for the 2018 model year the story remains with the plug-in hybrid version.
The Niro plug-in hybrid debuted at the Geneva Auto Show with the larger battery than the standard Niro and promised range of around 25 miles while the Euro-spec version is listed with the all-electric range of about 34 miles. Nevertheless, the latest reports promising also broader array of the Niro models. Like Niro’s platform and powertrain donor the Hyundai Ioniq hatchback, this model should also add an EV edition, the 2018 Kia Niro all-electric model.
2018 KIA NIRO ALL-ELECTRIC: POWERTRAIN
While Hyundai promised the Ioniq hatch in hybrid, plug-in hybrid and all-electric edition from the beginning, Kia hasn’t stated that she has similar plans. Nevertheless, information leaked from the company that a power Niro may follow the release of the plug-in hybrid version. But information about this model ends there.
Nevertheless, if Kia launches the 2018 Kia Niro all-electric model, it will more than likely reveal its powertrain with the Ioniq electric model. The combination of the 118 horsepower and 215 lb-ft (88kW) electric motor and a 28kWh lithium- ion battery provides 124 miles of the combined range for the Ioniq electric model. If the Niro EV adopts the same setup and battery volume, considering its weightier structure, the first estimations suggesting the range of around 110 maybe 115 miles.
2018 KIA NIRO ALL-ELECTRIC: DESIGN
As for the styling of the 2018 Kia Niro all-electric, Kia hasn’t said a word either. Nevertheless, like it is the situation with the new plug-in and typical hybrid edition, Kia will more than likely produce same style changes to distinguish the Niro EV. In that context, we should expect distinctive grille highlights and headlights. The front and rear bumpers also needs to highlight distinctive highlights and particular wheels should distinguish models further.
The interior should also provide distinctive trim and upholstery choices like the new plug-in version. The tech and security characteristics can mimic the plug-in edition but to be able to save yourself energy as much as possible some luxuries may be missing.
2018 KIA NIRO ALL-ELECTRIC: POSSIBLE ARRIVAL, PRICE
The Kia Niro plug-in hybrid can arrive by the end of this year. The 2018 Kia Niro all-electric should come sometime in 2018. The price is also the open problem and difficult to predict.