2017 Kia Niro Hybrid, Specs, Review

The 2017 Kia Niro is Kia’s first hybrid vehicle. It is not exactly like other hybrid vehicles of today; it is more of a crossover between a sedan and an all-wheel drive instead of being a hatchback. Kia launched this vehicle in the February of 2016 at the Chicago Auto Show. It is not as big as other crossover vehicles you are likely to find in America. This vehicle will have a monopoly in the market because it is one of its kinds. There is no better way to combine an incredible power performance and sleek styling in one car.

2017 Kia Niro front

2017 Kia Niro – External Body Parts:

Kia Niro is not exactly a utility vehicle or your every day wagon. The front and the hood of the vehicle is a little sleek, with the standard Kia grille present that proves that it is, indeed, a crossover. Looking at the appearance of the vehicle, we are certain that Kia stopped at nothing to make it the most stylish vehicle. Headlights produce a high-intensity discharge projector beam and consist of LEDs. The taillights also contain LEDs. The glass windows have a slight tint, which provides privacy and prevents the sunlight from coming in.

The new design has given 2017 Kia Niro an aerodynamic shape, due to which it can achieve an impressive drag coefficient of 0.29 Cd. There is a boost in fuel efficiency and power performance as a result of that. Side vents are present at the side of the bumper and above the front wheels to allow a greater flow of air. There are two wheel options available; both of those are aerodynamic alloy wheels. The first one is the 18-inch rims with a five-spoke design and second is the 16-inch rims with a glossy covering. The exterior is available in five metallic colors including the new Aurora black color.

2017 Kia Niro rear

2017 Kia Niro – Interior Comfort and Elegance:

There are new details added to the interior design to ensure the most comfortable possible ride for the passengers. The seat cushions are thicker and consist of denser materials, making the long distance traveling easy. The seating position is also higher in the 2017 Kia Niro. The seats have the 10-way power system so you can manually adjust them however you want. There is additional of a lot of new features to keep the cabin quieter and to get rid of unnecessary noise coming from the engine or due to the wind. Those new features include a better insulation from sound, an acoustic windshield, dampers in the hubs of steering wheels to reduce the vibration and the suspensions bushings are also stiffer now.

Advanced technologies are present on the inside. There is this smart cruise control feature consisting of sensors, which automatically detect the presence of cars around your vehicle and automatically applies the brakes to help you maintain an appropriate distance. A rear-view camera is also present to help you while reversing. In addition to a USB port to connect and charge your phones, a console pad is present at the front for wireless charging. There is 7-inch touch screen at the front, which is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

The cargo carrying capacity is a lot better as the lithium ion batteries are present under the rear seats. Moreover, the 40/60 split folding rear seats further increase the cargo carrying capacity whenever you fold them in time of need. The seats have both the heating and the cooling system, so no matter what the weather is, you will be comfortable. The seats also have leather covering in combination with other soft materials. There six styles are available for the interior. Gray, charcoal, and other two-tone options are some of those styles. There is a fogging detecting system for the windshield, which automatically gets rid of the fog to enhance visibility.

2017 Kia Niro cargo space

2017 Kia Niro – Engine Specs

The most important detail about the 2017 Kia Niro is its powertrain. A 1.6-liter Atkinson cycle, gasoline direct injection engine with four cylinders, is present under the hood. There is an additional lithium-ion battery that can generate up to 42 kW. The total hybrid performance of this vehicle is almost 146 hp and 195 pound-feet of torque. It provides a superb fuel economy, up to 50 mpg, combination of both the city and highway.

It’s not your average hybrid car, it’s new, it’s different and it’s better.

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