When Kia announced its intention to develop a sport utility vehicle with that would be powered exclusively with a hybrid engine, the automotive industry couldn’t help but be surprised. Now that the 2017 Kia Niro is about to hit the market, we could almost talk about a small automotive revolution.
Indeed, the 2017 Kia Niro is the only SUV at the moment to offer an exclusively electrified powertrain, and the manufacturer is already talking about adding a hybrid plug-in version and a fully electric model.
But to really understand just how unique the 2017 Kia Niro is, you have to drive it. Because once you get behind the wheel, you do not realize that you are driving a hybrid model. That was Kia's goal.
The all-new 2017 Kia Niro puts the emphasis on fun first of all
Indeed, Kia knows very well that what counts the most for several consumers is fuel economy. However, these same consumers often also want a practical and a vehicle that is pleasant to drive despite its strong fuel economy ratings. This explains why many consumers are reluctant to turn to a hybrid vehicle that often forgets all other important expectations of buyers in favor of more fuel-efficient driving.
Not the 2017 Kia Niro. The latter was designed to be versatile and fun to drive, and the fuel economy offered by its hybrid engine is considered a bonus.
The 2017 Kia Niro is powered by a 1.6-liter four-cylinder Atkinson engine combined with an electric motor powered by a 1.56 kWh battery. Total power is 139 horsepower while torque is 195 lb.-ft. Proof that Kia wanted to develop a fun vehicle first and foremost, the 2017 Niro comes standard with a 6-speed automatic as compared to a CVT gearbox usually found in this type of vehicle.
Incredible fuel economy
Despite its sporty side, the 2017 Kia Niro remains a benchmark in fuel economy. In fact, it recently set the Guinness record for fuel economy. Yes, the new Niro traveled 5,979 kilometers while maintaining an average fuel economy rating of 3.07 liters per 100 kilometers. Of course, the driver adapted his driving, but this record demonstrates the full potential of the 2017 Kia Niro. In more normal driving, it shows an average fuel consumption of 4.5 liters per 100 kilometers in the city according to Kia.
The 2017 Kia Niro will be available starting at $ 24,995. For more information, contact us today at Spinelli Kia!