Kia has revealed new technical details of the drivetrains for the new Niro. The Korean carmaker’s crossover will be available in three versions: HEV (petrol-electric hybrid), PHEV (plug-in hybrid), and EV (full-electric).
The HEV and PHEV models will feature the brand’s 139hp (141PS) Smartstream 1.6-litre GDI engine paired to a 6-speed dual-clutch gearbox.
Said transmission does not come with a reverse gear. Instead, the electric motor provides propulsion when Reverse is engaged. Kia claims this move saves 2.3kg.
In the Niro HEV, the 1.6-litre engine is linked with a 43hp electric motor. Meanwhile, the more powerful Niro PHEV features an 83hp electric motor, enabling it to deliver a combined output of 180hp.
The plug-in hybrid will have a pure-electric range of up to 65km (WLTP).
Both the Niro HEV and PHEV are also equipped with intelligent Green Zone Drive Mode, which automates the use of electric power after taking into account location guidance from the navigation system, driving pattern learning or manual driver input.
Green Zone Drive Mode will switch to electric-only driving to reduce exhaust emissions in locations close to schools and hospitals. Customers will also be able to designate their own green zones for emissions-free driving around their neighbourhood, for example.
The Niro EV is the most powerful model of the trio. Its electric motor delivers 201hp and 255Nm, figures that can propel the crossover from rest to 100km/h in 7.8 seconds.
With a 64.8kWh lithium-ion polymer battery, the manufacturer claims a WLTP range of 463km. With regard to charging times, Kia says it will take 43 minutes to charge this EV from 10% to 80% using “a suitable DC rapid charger”.