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2017 Kia Niro Hybrid Car – 5 Facts We Know

The 2017 Kia Niro hybrid SUV is the Korean automaker’s first-ever dedicated hybrid.

Scheduled to go on sale in the US market and Canada this month, the hybrid offers bold, crossover style while providing impressive fuel economy of up to 50 mpg combined.

Here we have the very-first official details about the vehicle including the 2017 Niro release date, mpg figures, color options, engine specs and dimensions.

Let’s have a closer look at what the Niro is and what kind of hybrid drivetrain technology does it feature under its hood.

What kind of a hybrid is Kia Niro 2017

2017 Kia Niro Hybrid VehicleThe all-new Kia Niro is the automaker’s first-ever dedicated hybrid electric vehicle.

Simply told, it’s a Toyota Prius-like stand-alone hybrid vehicle that looks like a crossover / SUV.

This exciting Kia hybrid is relatively small compared to an average American vehicle.

Still, it’s far from being the smallest 2017 Kia vehicle offered in the U.S. and Canadian markets.

As a matter of fact, Kia’s dedicated hybrid slots in-between the highly-popular Soul crossover vehicle (full length: 163 in.) and Sportage CUV (full length: 176.4 in.).

Kia Niro release date

The new Niro hybrid is scheduled to go on sale in the first quarter of 2017.

Here we have the list of official 2017 Kia Niro release dates and launching events:

  • Kia Niro release date USA, Canada: first quarter of 2017
  • European launch date: already on sale

Kia has also revealed it plans to launch the Niro plug-in hybrid car. The Niro PHEV Will be released in US in the second half of 2017

It is highly likely that in a not so distant future, model may also be released as an all-electric vehicle!

Kia Niro mpg ratings & engine

The 2017 Niro will be powered by a 1.6L direct-injected “Kappa” gasoline engine which generates 103 horsepower and 108 pound-feet of torque.

Mated to the engine is a 6-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission -DCT.

Also included in the “mix” is the 32-kilowatt electric motor and a 1.56 kilowatt-hour lithium-polymer battery pack.

Kia has noted earlier that this hybrid vehicle will achieve around 50 mpg US.

The Kia Niro fuel economy ratings depend on the trim level, but the model can achieve up to 52 mpg in the city, 49 mpg on highways and 50 mpg combined. (photo credit: autobild.es)

FUN: our readers oftenly mistype the Niro name writing the following phrases in Google:

  • Kia Nitro
  • Kia Nero

11 thoughts on “2017 Kia Niro Hybrid Car – 5 Facts We Know

  1. Thanks for sharing the latest Kia Niro news here. When can we expect the Niro PHEV to be released in Canada?

  2. When is the niro coming to San Diego Kearny Pearson Kia I want one I want to be the first one to buy one please tell me

  3. No awd is available. I’m still skeptical about Kia’s mpg.. We will see if they over estimated mpgs again.

  4. It’s true!! I have the Kia Niro and so far I have averaged between 49-52 mpg!! I love absolutely everything about this vehicle.

  5. I bought one Monday, FE model, first fill-up was 3.68 gallons for 287 miles do the math. I drive from Lake Los Angeles to LA every day. My AVERAGE is going to be low 70’s it looks like. The 50 is a joke if you drive right–I get 60 average coming back 2600 feet climb from LA to home every day so far. And I go through Santa Clarita–actually helps this car’s mileage, cost me 3-6 mpg on the Golf TDI I turned in last week.

    I love it. Want even better mileage? Hyundai Ioniq car uses exact same drive train, rated at 59–you could possibly average 80…not a joke.

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