Kia Niro will get PHEV and BEV variants

2017 Kia Niro

We already suspected that the Kia Niro would follow the Hyundai IONIQ’s example – by offering three different powertrains -, it just wasn’t clear which variant would come next. Now we know.

 

Michael Cole, COO (Chief Operating Officer) at Kia Motors Europe just confirmed to AutoRAI.nl that the Kia Niro PHEV (Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle) is just around the corner – with production starting next month. The all electric BEV (Battery Electric Vehicle) variant will come next year.

 

If you think that the Hyundai IONIQ is great but due to its aerodynamic design has very limited headspace for passengers, the Kia Niro might be the perfect car for you. Just think of the Kia Niro as a taller Hyundai IONIQ.

 

Cole said this about it:

“The model variant gets the same technique as the Hyundai Ioniq Electric. Across the range, we can announce anything yet”.

 

The confirmation of Kia and Hyundai embracing electric cars is very good news. These South Korean automakers are very hard to beat when it comes to value for money. They build very reliable cars with great warranty which don’t cost an arm and leg. They also proved that they can make very efficient powertrains.

 

It’s yet to be known if Kia will maintain SK innovation as its battery cell supplier or if LG Chem can make them change their minds. Since the PHEV variant is coming really soon we don’t have to wait much longer to find out.

 

What do you think? Can the Kia Niro EV get as much praise as the Hyundai IONIQ Electric is getting?

 

 

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This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. It’s a shame if they only fit it with a 28kWh battery, it’ll be slightly less efficient than the Ioniq – probably similar EPA to the Leaf. Stick two motors in it with 4wd, and a battery of at least 40kWh and it will be a big success, there’s no cheap 4wd BEV on the market at the moment. Oh and another thing, put the batteries in the floor which is really easy as this is an SUV and keep the boot a decent size – this is a lifestyle vehicle, and needs to be suitable for lugging a family of 4/5 people around with the associated luggage.

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