KIA Unveiled The Niro SUV Hybrid
|   Saturday, March 05, 2016
Kia will launch this year in Europe an SUV that can be purchased only in hybrid version and later in full-electric variant. Kia Niro has dimensions similar to those of the Sportage model.

The Toyota Prius has been and still is the symbol of change in the automotive industry. The model from Toyota is the first hybrid that has managed to win over the market and was used as a launchpad for a paradigm change, which today has radically evolved in the automotive world, moving from traditional hybrids to electric vehicles, with a range of over 400 kilometers in the best cases.


The Prius can be considered the first step towards electrification which starts to make its appearance in all segments, and which in the future will take over the entire auto industry.

The Kia Niro is available exclusively in an SUV hybrid version, which thus complements Kia's compact SUVs in the area where the Koreans already have the Sportage model. With dimensions slightly smaller than the Sportage, the new Niro becomes what the Sportage hybrid should have been: a stand-alone model in the Kia range.

The idea is taken from Toyota, which has had for years, two compact models in the range, the Prius and Auris, which share the same segment. Why do officials from Kia think that the Niro version will be successful though?

From the simple fact that this model is part of the compact SUV area, a segment that has grown continuously for several years and which shows no sign of capping in the coming years - an area in which Toyota launched a few months ago the new RAV4 Hybrid.

The new SUV hybrid from Kia has a length 13 centimeters smaller and is 10 cm shorter than the Sportage, but offers a 3 centimeters longer wheelbase. Therefore, the Kia Niro seems to be too long and too low even for a crossover. Probably this compromise was made in favor of aerodynamics, whose coefficient is 0.29.

Built on a dedicated platform for models with alternative propulsion - the same that Hyundai-Kia assembles the Hyundai Ioniq - Kia Niro is pushed on the road by a hybrid system consisting of a petrol engine of 105 hp, which works with an electric motor, developing 43 additional horsepower. The maximum power generated by the Niro's powertrain is 141 HP but due to the high effectiveness of the two engines they cannot work at full capacity at the same time. The transmission has with dual clutch and 6 speeds and is part of a new generation of gearboxes produced by the Korean group.

In the construction of the new Niro high strength steel in a ratio of 53 percent is used and aluminum, from which the hood, trunk lid, and suspension elements are made. The new KIA Niro has 18-inch wheels, partially digital dashboard, and the UVO3 multimedia system with a 7-inch display as well as Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity. The engineers have worked hard to ensure a superior sound insulation too.

The 1.56 kWh battery pack provided by Kia Niro is 33 kilograms and is fitted under the rear seat. Because of this it decreases the boot capacity of the new hybrid SUV. Thus, if the new generation Sportage offers 503 liters, the Kia Niro only comes with 420 liters of luggage.
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