With a design that anticipates the next Sportage and a new mechanical platform the next KIA SUV will have emissions below 90 g/km CO2. Although still missing nearly a month for his official debut in the Salon of the car Chicago 2016 KIA has already begun to dispense information of how Niro its first hybrid SUV. Thus it has already leaked the first two images with the subtly masked car and some details about its conception.
Kia Niro was designed between design centers that the brand has in California and in Namyang Korea and so you can guess evolves the current KIA's design anticipating how will be the next Kia models. The first of these the Sportage's fourth generation which should reach the European market in 2017.
Without losing sight that this is an SUV - so it should be as practical as spacious- KIA has sought to equip the Niro with a body of powerful image with very sculptured lines and a few fairly marked wheel arches and dynamic surfaces. Another requirement was to take into account aerodynamics by the undoubted advantages offering both facing the interior comfort as to the reduction of the consumption that allows.
This one instead of a large-capacity petrol engine joins the current downsizing riding an atmospheric engine with 1.6 liter gasoline direct injection GDi and 105 HP developed specifically to be associated with one electric magnetic permanent 32 kW feeds on a battery of lithium-ion whose capacity has not transcended at the moment. It is known however that it will feature a DCT dual-clutch transmission unpublished in Kia as which premiered in its day the Hyundai Veloster.
The arrival on the market of the Kia Niro is scheduled for August this year. However it will not be the first SUV hybrid on sale since it should not be forgotten as there are examples of hybrid and plug-in hybrids of higher category such as the BMW X 5 PHEV or Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid and within the same category already available Toyota RAV4 hybrid.
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