Kia: plug-in hybrids take centre stage
Two of the latest models from Korean manufacturer Kia show its direction for the future. Along with the Optima PHEV, offering outstanding fuel economy of 1.62 litres per 100 km (176 mpg), with CO² emissions to match (just 37 g/km), the Niro PHEV (pictured) has now been officially launched.
The Optima already impressed with its performance figures: 202 bhp and 375 Nm of torque. And as an added bonus, the 53 km (33 miles) range in all-electric mode, means that the daily commute to and from work will burn no fuel at all for the vast majority of business users
The Niro PHEV reinforces this commitment to ‘clean power’. Official figures are set to show combined CO2 emissions from the 1.6-liter GDI engine and the 8.9 kWh lithium-polymer battery pack, of below 30 g/km and a zero-emissions pure-electric driving range of over 55 kilometers (34 miles). Total power and torque output for the Niro PHEV’s powertrain are 141 ps and 265 Nm, enabling the new model to accelerate from 0-to-100 kph (62 mph) in 10.8 seconds.
Versatile and fleet friendly
Where practicality is concerned, the Niro PHEV has built-in advantages. The battery pack is located beneath the floor of the boot and the rear seat, with cabin space unaffected, making it the ideal choice for fleets that are targeting crossover segment versatility with ultra-low carbon emissions!
Just like the Optima PHEV, the all-new Niro also comes with a comprehensive range of standard connectivity features, including an 8.0-inch touch-screen navigation system with European mapping, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, Kia Connected Services powered by TomTom®, a wireless mobile phone charger, and a 10-speaker Premium Sound audio system.
The two KIA's models come with an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment and navigation system, configured to display the location of nearby charging stations.
Kia surveys show that one of the main reasons why drivers are increasingly turning to its models is style. The Optima already breathed a breath of fresh air into the D-segment sedan and wagon segment, and the Niro is set to do just the same in the crossover domain.
Active safety features are built into the Kia hybrid line-up, including: Electronic Stability Control, Vehicle Stability Management and Hill-start Assist Control. Kia models are also available with a series of features to supplement the driver's vision and control. Among these, Autonomous Emergency Braking with pedestrian detection brings the car to a rapid halt at speeds of up to 80kph (50mph) if the driver fails to react to a potential accident.
In keeping with every Kia, the Optima and Niro hybrids come with the company’s 7-year or 150,000 km warranty (U.K.: 100,000 miles). The warranty is fully transferable should the car be sold before the time or mileage limits have been reached.
More info: www.kia.com/eu