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2018 Kia Niro Plug-in Hybrid

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2018 Kia Niro Plug-in Hybrid

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Kia have likely been very pleased with the success of the standard Niro so will have high hopes indeed for the 2018 Kia Niro Plug-in Hybrid. Announced last week at the LA Auto Show, the new PHEV (Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle) joins a very successful hybrid-only model line.

The 2018 Kia Niro Plug-in Hybrid shares the same design and mechanicals as the hybrid version but combines a standard gasoline engine with an electric motor and mains charging capability. Able to charge from a 240 volt outlet the Niro can charge from empty to full in less than 2.5 hours. Using a 120V outlet takes 9 hours to do the same.

Plug-in Hybrid
The 2018 Kia Niro Plug-in Hybrid uses a Kia 1.6-litre four cylinder GDI engine alongside an electric motor and an 8.9 kWh lithium-polymer battery pack. The combined power output is around 139 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque which is delivered to the front wheels through a six speed dual clutch transmission.

The 2018 Kia Niro Plug-in Hybrid is capable of driving up to 26 miles on battery and achieving 48 MPG city and 44 MPG highway, 46 MPG combined. Total range for the package is an estimated 900km.

Despite having the battery pack and electric motor to contend with, the 2018 Kia Niro Plug-in Hybrid doesn’t weigh much more than the standard Niro thanks to some clever weight-saving measures. Kia has used aluminium body panels in select places and has also introduced lightweight suspension parts to help shave the kilos.

2018 Kia Niro
The standard Niro has sold exceptionally well since its release. The success is in part thanks to the innovative design that has combined the modernity and values of all modern Kia designs, while also not making a big song and dance about being a hybrid. I would suggest that you wouldn’t even know it was a hybrid until you got up close.

The Niro uses the Kia 1.6-litre GDI four cylinder and an electric motor to deliver a combined output of 139 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque. It also uses the six speed dual clutch transmission to send power to the front wheels.

Safety is taken care of with Autonomous Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, forward collision warning, lane keep assist and adaptive cruise control. All are standard on the Touring and options on the others.

Both Niro models look attractive and offer practical green motoring with few compromises. With lots of technology, that reliable GDI engine and a competitive price, there is a lot to like about the Kia Niro.

Visit Georgetown Kia, 199 and 314 Guelph Street, Georgetown, Ontario soon to see it up close.

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