PistonCars.com – 2017 KIA Niro Hybrid; a combination of subcompact car and a hybrid engine by KIA. This all-new Niro is built to be the Niro HUV (Hybrid Utility Vehicle) aimed to fulfill an Eco-car platform. This is a four-door subcompact crossover which fits to five passengers.
The interior is spacious completed with an elevated seating position to make an easy access of to entry/exit the car. The 2017 all-new Niro is powered by the hybrid powertrain. An electric motor is mated with a gas engine to put out 146 horsepower. It is also expected to give an estimated fuel saving of 50 mpg.
2017 KIA Niro Hybrid; Specification
Inside the 2017 Niro Hybrid, there is spacious space for elevating seating position to get an easy entry/exit. The technological features include the new UVO3 infotainment system with a 7.0-inch touchscreen. This display screen works out with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It also offers eight gigs of music storage, Wi-Fi hotspot, and more standard features. The safety technology offered in driver-assistance features such as rear cross-traffic alert, blind-spot detection, active cruise control, lane-change assist, automatic emergency braking, and lane-departure warning.
The 2017 Niro Hybrid is built in a 53-percent high-strength steel platform including reinforcements in the A- and B-pillars and roof rails. It also has relatively wide and low proportions, roof rails, rocker cladding, large wheel arches, and rear skid plate. The seat frames are made of high-strength steel while the hood and tailgate structure is made of aluminium. Aluminium is also used for several suspension elements and the brake calipers. The wheelbase used is a 106.3-inch wheelbase.
The 2017 all-new Niro is powered by the hybrid powertrain. An electric motor (43-hp electric motor integrated with a new six-speed dual clutch automatic transmission) is mated with a gasoline engine (a new 103-hp 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine) to put out a total combined powertrain of 146 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque. The efficiency and emissions are improved by using Niro’s exhaust-heat recovery system.
Price and Release Date
The 2017 Niro Hybrid made its debut at the 2016 Chicago Auto Show. The on-sale date and price are not released yet.