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Hybrid Cars From Kia; For Sale In U.S. In 2017
In the next few years, automakers expect to see a sales spike in eco-friendly cars, with the likes of EV’s, hybrids, and plug-in hybrids gaining popularity.
It’s believed that by 2020, there will be 6.6 million electric vehicles on the road, and Kia wants to be at or near the top of the list.
That is why more and more vehicles in the Kia line-up are coming equipped with hybrid-electric powertrain technology.
Let’s take a look at what Kia hybrid models will be available in the US market this year.
Kia hybrid cars 2017 (model year)
Kia Optima hybrid car – The 2017 Optima Hybrid will be the second-generation model that just received a very nice makeover.
The vehicle was originally unveiled at the Chicago Auto Show, and it features a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine mated to a 6-speed automatic, generating 154 horsepower.
The electric component of the car is a 38-kilowatt electric motor and 1.62-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack.
Kia Optima plug-in hybrid car – This will be the first time that a plug-in hybrid version of the Optima has been made available.
Some markets will get to see the Optima PHEV later in 2016, and what they will find is a 9.8-kWh lithium-polymer battery and a 67-horsepower electric motor.
The engine part of the set-up will be a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder which, when combined with the electric component under the hood will deliver 202 horsepower. The whole system will be rounded out by a 6-speed automatic transmission.
When running on electric only, the 2017 Optima PHEV will deliver about 27 miles of range, which ranks it among the best in the US market.
One of the coolest features of both the hybrid and plug-in hybrid models will be the active front grille shutters that help with aerodynamics, and which will drop the drag coefficient down to 0.24.
Kia hybrid SUV
For a while now, the only Kia hybrid available was the Optima, but that is set to change, as the Koreans showed off the 2017 Kia Niro at the Chicago Auto Show this year.
The crossover represents a first for Kia, as it will be their first dedicated hybrid, as well as being a totally new vehicle built from the ground up.
This vehicle could put Kia ahead of the game in the hybrid market, as the Niro will be among the first hybrid SUV’s out there. As such, a big sales performance is expected.
The compact crossover will slot in between the Soul and the Sportage, and will be powered by a 1.6-liter 4-cylinder with a 6-speed DCT, as well as an electric motor and a lithium ion battery.
The set-up will deliver 146-hp and 195-lb.-ft. of torque, whilst also having a fuel economy rating of 50 mpg.
Not too far in the future, we should also be seeing a plug-in hybrid version of the 2017 Kia Niro hybrid SUV.