2017 Kia Niro Plug-in Hybrid Review – The South Korean car maker has launched a new plug-in hybrid version of its Niro baby SUV, as nicely as a plug-in hybrid Optima Sportwagon and the 2017 Geneva motor show. Neither of the two is slated for an Australian first appearance, however, but each new models sparkle a light on Kia’s future powertrain course. In the situation of the Niro, an efficient 1.6-litre gasoline direct injection engine (GDI) is put in along with an 8.9kWh lithium polymer battery power that enables up to 55 kilometers of electric driving range and a pollutants target of less than 30g/km of CO2. “Yearly product sales of plug-in hybrid models in Europe are anticipated to grow to more than 600,000 models by the end of 2023, although the crossover market is also forecast to expand in the arriving years,” claims Michael Cole, the Key Running Official of Kia Motors Europe.
The plug-in hybrid Niro’s 8.9kWh battery power is a lot more significant than the 1.56kWh unit found in the regular Niro, while its 44.5kW electric motor also gets a lump-up from the 32kW motor in the regular hybrid Niro. Outputs from the 1.6-litre petrol engine on your own are ranked at 77kW and 147Nm, but mixed system outputs spend time at 104kW and 265Nm with the 0-100 km/h dash taking 10.8 seconds, or .7 seconds under the hybrid Niro. The transmission of the plug-in hybrid Niro also goes from a continuously variable automatic to a six-speed dual clutch auto with a Transmission Mounted Electric Gadget (TMED) that can apply power from both petrol engine and electric motor to the front wheels with significantly fewer power deficits than the power-split e-CVT system of the regular hybrid.
To boost electric battery range the Niro whilst include regenerative braking to harvest kinetic energy, Eco Driving Assistant system – which motivates the driver to function the vehicle better with suggestions of when to shoreline – and Predictive Vitality Control that uses the navigation info and topographical charts to determine when best to use which power supply to maximise fuel and charging performance.
In the same way, Kia has launched a version of the Optima Sportwagon for Europe, subsequent the release of the sedan version in 2016. The Optima Sportwagon plug-in hybrid features a much more efficient 440 liters of boot room in comparison to 307 liters in the Optima plug-in hybrid sedan. Additionally, it offers the sedan variant’s 2.0-litre GDI engine, 11.26kWh lithium-polymer battery and 50kW electric motor.
Kia promises 61 kilometers electric-only range and pollutants as lower as 34g/km of CO2 under the European examination cycle. Petrol power is rated at 115kW and 189Nm, while put together outputs success 151kW and a healthy 375Nm permitting the Optima Sportwagon plug-in hybrid model to complete the 0-100 km/h sprint in 9.7 seconds. Each plug-in models are set up to go on sale from the third quarter of 2017 in Europe, nevertheless, at this stage, an Australian first appearance remains improbable for any variant of both the Niro or the Optima Sportwagon.