Car Enthusiast - click here to access the home page


Kia unveils its new hybrid SUV called Niro. Image by Kia.

Kia unveils its new hybrid SUV called Niro
Sporty new Kia SUV should be frugal - here later this year.
<< earlier Kia article     later Kia article >>


News homepage -> Kia news

Newer articles featuring 2016 Kia Niro

2016-06-01: First drive: Kia Niro
2016-05-18: Incoming: Kia Niro

What's this then?

It's called the Niro and it is the latest SUV from Kia, only this time it is a hybrid only. Currently making its public debut at the Chicago Auto Show, it should make its way to Europe by the summer.

Hybrid you say?

Yes, though, unlike some of the larger electrically enhanced SUVs on the market, the Niro isn't a plug-in hybrid, instead working in the more traditional hybrid sense. Performance won't be stellar; Kia quotes a total system output of 146hp. This comprises of a 1.6-litre four-cylinder GDI petrol engine that produces 103hp and a tractive motor - or transmission-mounted electric device (TMED) as Kia calls it, which produces 43hp and works in tandem with the petrol engine.

What's the end result?

According to Kia the Niro emits just 89g/km of CO2 so it should be friendly to the environment, but friendlier to fleets and company car users from a taxation perspective. There is also a host of driver aids aimed at extending the car's range as much as possible. These include a new Eco-DAS (Driver Assistance System) along with a Coasting Guide and Predictive Energy Control. This works by monitoring the topography of the route ahead and decides when to utilise the stored energy in the hybrid system for inclines to minimise excess fuel consumption.

Is it nice inside?

It certainly seems to be. Kia has stretched out the wheelbase as much as it could in the Niro so interior space should be good and the relatively high roofline will make it feel airy inside too. There's also a new instrument layout that looks more advanced than we're used to seeing from Kia.

Dave Humphreys - 11 Feb 2016

Earlier articles featuring 2016 Kia Niro

2016-01-12: Kia gives glimpse of Niro HUV
2016-01-13: Kia prepares hybrid crossover

2016 Kia Niro. Image by Kia.2016 Kia Niro. Image by Kia.2016 Kia Niro. Image by Kia.2016 Kia Niro. Image by Kia.2016 Kia Niro. Image by Kia.

2016 Kia Niro. Image by Kia.2016 Kia Niro. Image by Kia.2016 Kia Niro. Image by Kia.2016 Kia Niro. Image by Kia.2016 Kia Niro. Image by Kia.    - Kia road tests
- Kia news
- Niro images

Lightest of updates for Kiaís jacked-up XCeed. Image by Kia.
2023 Kia XCeed
The revamped SUV comes with a sporty new trim level and a selection of minor external updates.
Kiaís latest EV drops. Image by Kia.
Kia EV6 electric vehicle revealed
Dramatically styled Kia EV6 showcases Korean firmís zero-emissions future.
Kia revamps Rio range. Image by Kia.
Kia Rio Mk4 updated
First-ever MHEV Kia model and new clutch-by-wire manual part of midlife updates for fourth-gen Rio.

 215 Racing
 A. Kahn Design
 AC Cars
 AC Schnitzer
 Alfa Romeo
 APS Sportec
 Aston Martin
 Auto Union
 Cooper Tires
 David Brown
 David Brown Automotive
 De Tomaso
 Detroit Electric
 Eagle E-type
 edo competition
 FAB Design

 Factory Five
 Faralli & Mazzanti
 General Motors
 Gordon Murray
 Gordon Murray Automotive
 Gordon Murray Design
 Gray Design
 Great Wall
 Heffner Performance
 Joss Developments
 Land Rover
 Loma Performance
 Monte Carlo

 Project Runningblade
 Project Velocity
 Range Rover
 Red Bull
 Ronn Motor Company
 SDR Sportscars
 Thunder Power
 Tommy Kaira
 Vanda Electrics
 VL Automotive


External links:   | Irish Car Market News |

Internal links:   | Home | Privacy | Contact us | Archives | Old motor show reports | Follow Car Enthusiast on Twitter | Copyright 1999-2023 ©