The 2018 Niro plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) brings an exciting new dimension to Kia’s alternative-fuel car lineup. As Kia’s third plug-in model in the US market and hitting the country’s retailer showrooms by the end of this year, the Niro PHEV offers the same crossover utility, fun-driving and winning design of the Niro hybrid, but with an EPA-estimated 42 kilometres of all-electric range.
The Niro PHEV can help some drivers consume less gasoline in most driving conditions, and in all-electric mode it produces zero emissions. And with the total driving range rated at up to an estimated 900 kilometres, it offers fantastic versatility. With the new Niro PHEV, the driver in America can have it all– pure EV daily driving and the ability to take long road trips.
The new Niro PHEV offers all the same feature-rich packaging and driving fun of the petrol-electric hybrid Niro, but with a few PHEV-exclusive touches, such as a subtly modified front grille insert and surround, hybrid blue exterior accents, available LED headlamps, a charge port door (on left front fender), available 7-inch colour meter cluster with digital tachometer and “ECO/Plug-In” badges.
The Niro PHEV is yet another model introduced under the Kia Motors EcoDynamics sub-brand and represents an important next step on the path to nearly tripling the brand’s global lineup of alternative fuel vehicles by 2020, which includes the Niro, Optima Hybrid, Optima PHEV and Soul EV.
Read our exclusive comparison of Kia Niro and Honda Vezel Hybrid in Singapore.