The 2017 Kia Niro is a groundbreaking achievement. This car is the first one from Kia which is actually a dedicated hybrid crossover type SUV (Sports Utility Vehicle). This means that 2017 version of Kia Niro will come only as a hybrid option and there will be no gasoline engine at all. This is a big leap forward and Kia is hoping for better results with their new initiative.
Advantages and Disadvantages:
- The extremely high fuel economy has been projected which will end up very close to the projection.
- The crossover styling is quite reasonable as one can see in any SUV type vehicle and has no such special connection to hybrids.
- Size is quite acceptable and manageable.
Things that are no so liked:
- No announcement of AWD.
- No safety ratings have been announced as of yet.
The things that are being talked about most:
Obviously, when people come looking for hybrid SUVs, the only thing that they are searching for nothing but fuel consumption figures. Although Kia has not yet released safety ratings for this car, they have acted wisely and have already announced the estimated fuel consumption. This has been done in order to improve the pre-sales marketing, and Kia has played a nice role. The fuel consumption in question is however reasonably economical, standing at 50 miles to the gallon.
2017 Kia Niro: Looks and Utility
The 2017 Kia Niro has been wisely designed. Its light weighing structure is perfectly balanced to get the best experience out of handling and driving quality. It also has a lower center of gravity to make things better. Aluminum has been extensively used in place of steel in order to achieve this huge reduction in curb weight. Various components like hood, suspension, and tailgate have benefitted from this endeavor.
In spite of having a lower roof line, there is no problem in seat height in 2017 version of Kia Niro. Seats have been placed at a considerably high position, to give customers the best experience. Long doors have been installed. The floor is flat without any bumps, providing more room and comfort.
Although safety ratings have not been announced yet, one can say that those ratings are bound to be good. This is because 2017 Kia Niro comes with features like lane changing assist, blind spot monitoring, rear & cross traffic alert, lane departure warning and cruise control. A feature has been installed which tells the driver when to apply brakes.
2017 Kia Niro: Power Expectations
The 2017 Kia Niro is powered by a 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine which has direct injection system. It produces 103 hp of power. There is a 43 hp electric motor which adds up the total power to 146 hp and gives a torque of 195 lb-ft. The motor is powered by a 1.6 kWh Li-ion battery.
2017 Kia Niro: Price, Rivals, and Release Date
Pricing details have not been disclosed as of yet. Expected date of release of 2017 version of Kia Niro is in 2017. With Kia coming up with a dedicated hybrid crossover SUV, things have become highly exciting in the hybrid SUV market. Competing with 2017 Kia Niro will be Toyota Prius and Hyundai Ioniq. Toyota Prius is an old player who is in its 4th generation of production while Hyundai has just launched Ioniq.