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|Kia Niro (DE)|
|Assembly||South Korea: Hwaseong, Gyeonggi (Hwaseong Plant)|
|Body and chassis|
|Class||Subcompact crossover SUV|
|Body style||5-door SUV|
|Engine||1.6 L Kappa III I4 (104 hp)|
|Electric motor||Electric motor (43 hp)|
|Wheelbase||2,700 mm (106.3 in)|
|Length||4,355 mm (171.5 in)|
|Width||1,805 mm (71.1 in)|
|Height||1,545 mm (60.8 in)|
|Curb weight||1,409–1,434 kg (3,106–3,161 lb)|
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 launched in 2018.
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 (119 kW) 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.
The Kia KX-3 concept followed at the 2014 Guangzhou Auto Show. Inspired by the earlier Niro concept, it has grown larger in size into a compact SUV, measuring 167.71 inches (4,260 mm) long and 69.48 inches (1,765 mm) wide. A turbocharged 1.6 litre engine delivers power to all four wheels via a seven speed dual clutch transmission.
The 2017 Kia Niro was unveiled at the 2016 Chicago Auto Show. A subcompact hybrid utility vehicle, the model's exterior design is marketed as "un hybrid", saying it is more conventional than other hybrid cars.
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.
In 2018, a plug-in version is offered as well, featuring an 8.9 kWh battery. 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, the Niro hit an all time sales record in the green car market in South Korea, even beating the Hyundai Ioniq.
|Engine Name||Trim||Displacement (bore x stroke)||Power@rpm, Torque@rpm||Compression ratio (:1)|
|Kappa III||FE, LX, EX, Touring||1,579 cc (96.4 cu in) (72.0 mm × 97.0 mm (2.83 in × 3.82 in))||104 hp (78 kW; 105 PS)@5700, 109 lb⋅ft (148 N⋅m)@4000||13:1|
|electric motor||43 hp (32 kW; 44 PS)1850-2500, 125 lb⋅ft (169 N⋅m)@0-1800||na|
|combined||139 hp (104 kW; 141 PS)@5700, 195 lb⋅ft (264 N⋅m)@4000||13:1|
An all-electric version of the Niro was launched in 2018 at International Electric Vehicle Expo in Korea, named Niro EV in Asia and e-Niro in Europe.
It shares powertrain and battery with the Hyundai Kona Electric.
Niro EV is available in two battery versions: 39,2 kWh and 64 kWh. The batteries are liquid-cooled lithium ion polymer.
The 39,2 kWh version is propelled by 100 kW (134 hp) permanent-magnet electric motor with 395 Nm (291 lb-ft) of torque and can travel up to 288 km (179 mi) on one charge according to WLTP, while the 64 kWh version offers 455 km (283 mi) of WLTP range and has a more powerful 150 kW (201 hp) motor producing the same amount of torque. Both cars are front-wheel drive.
Both versions have a CCS charge port which enables DC fast charging at up to 100 kW. The on-board charger power is 7.2 kW.
- Euro NCAP
2016 Guinness World Record
In December 2016, the Niro officially received a Guinness World Records title for the lowest fuel consumption by a hybrid vehicle, as it traveled from Los Angeles to New York City with a fuel consumption record of 76.6 mpg. This record had last been held by the Kia Optima Hybrid in 2011, with a fuel consumption average of 64.55 mpg.
Popular Mechanics named the 2019 Kia Niro EV as its 2019 Car of the Year, praising it for its normal looks, 239 miles range, and that it can use Volkswagen Group of America's Electrify America chargers to allow the car to be used on long car trips.
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