The South Korean automaker has kept a cool surprise for the eco-conscious buyers that attend the Geneva Motor Show – its hybrid range has been expanded with the introduction of the plug-in versions of the Niro compact crossover and Optima Sportwagon.
Both models will also take advantage of Kia’s 7-year / 100,000-mile warranty, which also includes the lithium-ion battery packs – the only catch is the Sportswagon is a Euro-market exclusive. The Niro plug-in hybrid keeps its 1.6-liter, 104-horsepower gasoline engine and electric motor assistance from the standard version but enhances the electric capacity to an 8.9 kilowatt-hour, high-capacity lithium-ion battery pack. Kia thus recommends the Niro plug in for an electric range of 34 miles – 55 km and adds perks such as an optional towing package or a new Eco Driving Assistant System (dubbed Eco DAS).
Only available for European buyers, the new Optima Sportswagon plug-in hybrid is inspired by the sedan, 2.0-liter gasoline four-cylinder and all, and electric motor powered by a 11.3 kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack. Total combined output is a great 202 horsepower, and Kia is looking to hit a range of 38 miles – 62 km – all electric, with a maximum speed of 75 mph – 120 kph. Compared to the regular wagon, the plug in hybrid… remains the same, with the same 15.5 cubic feet (439 liters) of space in the trunk.