Just like Hyundai did with the Ioniq range, Kia will also have a three-member green lineup – the Niro hybrid, Niro plug in hybrid and the Niro EV coming out next year with its sister company’s electric hardware.
Kia has recently confirmed officially the Niro crossover will ditch its internal combustion engine altogether for a battery-operated full-electric version – with the brand’s Chief Operating Officer in Europe, Michael Cole, revealing the news during a media interview. The executive added the model will arrive at some point during 2018 and will make use of the exact same hardware as seen in the Hyundai Ioniq Electric. This means we’re dealing with an electric motor packing 18 horsepower (88 kilowatts) and an instant torque of 215 pound-feet (291 Newton-meters). We’re pretty sure that being fitted to a crossover body will have an impact over Ioniq’s 28-kWh battery pack that is rated in the US for 124 miles (200 kilometers) or 136 MPGe in United States. The optimistic New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) gets the Ioniq EV to 170 miles (280 km).
More importantly, the Niro EV might be directly getting the upgraded powertrain from the Ioniq, with Hyundai already promising its EVs will be able to get up to 200 miles (322 km) by 2018. In the US, the standard Niro hybrid is available for a starting price of $23,785 (including $895 destination) and starting October an even more interesting plug in hybrid version will become available with an electric range of around 26 miles (42 km) via the integrated 8.9-kWh lithium-ion battery.