Kia Niro Hybrid To Debut In Chicago – Plug-In Hybrid Version Planned

2 years ago by Eric Loveday 15

Kia Niro Teaser

Kia Niro Teaser

Kia Niro Teaser

Kia Niro Teaser

In mid February, at the 2016 Chicago Auto Show, Kia will unveil its Niro crossover (teaser images above and to the right).

Niro is a dedicated hybrid model, built on the same platform as the Hyundai IONIQ.

While only the hybrid version of Niro will be on display in Chicago, a plug-in hybrid (and probably even a BEV) version is in the works.

We expect to see HEV, BEV and PHEV versions of Niro, just like with the IONIQ.

Kia says that the first Niro (HEV) should be on sale in the U.S. in late 2016, with the PHEV to follow shortly after.

Automotive News adds:

“Teaser images of the Niro released ahead of its unveiling in February suggest some design cues may be borrowed from Kia’s newly redesigned Sportage compact crossover, including a deeply creased hood.”

“The Niro will be built at Kia’s assembly plant in Hwaseong, South Korea, and is slated to go on sale in late 2016. It will be powered by a 1.6-liter gasoline engine paired with a 32-kilowatt electric motor. A plug-in hybrid variant will follow.”

It seem as though both Hyundai and now Kia are readying a plug-in onslaught!

Source: Automotive News

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15 responses to "Kia Niro Hybrid To Debut In Chicago – Plug-In Hybrid Version Planned"

  1. ct200h says:

    Who in the world (or the USA) would want a plug in SUV? really what could they be thinking!

    1. Epicurus says:

      Pickup trucks and SUVs are the biggest sellers in the U.S., aren’t they?

      The Volt should have been designed as a small SUV instead of a sedan. Sales numbers would be better.

      Some manufacturer needs to produce a plug-in pickup truck pronto.

      1. “Some manufacturer needs to produce a plug-in pickup truck pronto.” VIA Motors, answered your call with the VTRUX.

        1. John says:

          They’re not so much a manufacturer as much as a really expensive retrofit…

          I’d like to see a Tesla Powered F-150.. 🙂
          150kWh battery and AWD standard!

    2. ct200h, looks like your username says it all. Got a Lexus, but put a Prius drive train in it! Actually, Toyota driver, have you noticed the new ads for the RAV4 Hybrid? Looks like even Toyota thinks Hybrid CUV’s make sense, so -SUV’s are just a small step away even for them! Oh, wait! Did we forget the Highlander Hybrid?

  2. SparkEV says:

    BEV Niro! That’s the best news I’ve heard since Rav4EV rebirth. Now only if they can tow 2000 lb harbor freight trailer, that would completely replace all my gas cars, including my truck.

    1. Yes! I feel similar. Go Kia!

  3. Benz says:

    The more to choose from the better.

  4. PVH says:

    Seen like this it seem better looking than the Ioniq.

  5. ct200h says:

    It was sarcasim , yup plug in CUV and SUV will be the norm in 5 to 10 years in the US

  6. Scramjett says:

    Looks like Mitsubishi’s delay will cause it considerable competition with this, the Chrysler Pacifica, and a possible VW Tiguan PHEV. I’m more likely to go with a Kia or VW but it all depends on how well built and reliable they are.

    There is an old adage: “too little too late!”

    1. mr. M says:

      They are not to little, its rather too much… they are simply production constrained until now.

      And i don’t think it is to late. The Outlander PHEV might arrive at the same time as 3-4 other SUV PHEV models. I don’t think being equal is the same as being late.

  7. Yvan says:

    Yess…for those who can’t live without a suv…i have a volt for 2 years…average for 25 000 miles 130mpg…and up north in Canada…with cold winter snow and ice.

  8. ct200h says:

    I actually had a Leaf for 3.5 years and 50,000 miles and now own an I3 , Ct200h is just my screen name.