The 2018 Kia Niro is a subcompact crossover that comes with surprising performance and high fuel efficiency. The hybrid powertrain makes the car create its own body weight and downforce thanks to the brilliant engineering. In addition, it is expected to come with a practical package and better aerodynamic features. It competes well with Hyundai Sonic hatchback, Toyota Prius V, Ford Focus, Mitsubishi Outlander Sport and Honda HR-V. It’s one of the most affordable hybrids in the segment.
2018 Kia Niro – Exterior Expectations and Luxurious Interior Design
It comes with a tiger-nose grille. To add to the sporty look; it features a rear roof-mounted spoiler and a nicely toned roof-line, vertical headlamps and high-mounted taillights. The 2018 Kia Niro is fitted with 18-inch alloy wheels. The wheelbase is 106-inch which gives the car better road grip.
In addition, the interior of new 2018 Niro will be equipped with comfort and luxury features. First, it features spacious cabin with enough head and leg room. The rear seats are adjustable and heated. To add to its elegant look, it will come with a leather upholstery and LED interior lights. Despite the fact that under the rear seats there are high-voltage batteries, the cabin and cargo space is not affected. Also, on the other hand, the rear seats can fit forward which adds to more cargo space.
The Kia Niro 2018 comes with safety features which include anti-lock brakes, automated emergency braking, 6 safety airbags, lane departure warning and blind-spot monitoring. The 2018 Kia Niro comes with a unique adaptive cruise control which helps in maintaining the distance between the front car. Further, the car has an insulated windshield and a rubber-isolated front sub-frame which reduces road vibrations from reaching the cabin.
Entertainment features include a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system that comes with smartphone integration, eight-speaker sound system, Bluetooth and USB port. Other features include; a leather-wrapped steering wheel, keyless ignition and entry and driver-seat memory settings.
2018 Kia Niro – Engine and Performance
In addition, the 2018 Kia Niro is powered by a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that gives an output of 104 hp and 109 pound-ft of torque. It is mated to a six-speed twin-clutch transmission and an electric motor which adds an extra 43 hp and 125 pound- feet of torque. Also, this makes the car generate a total output of 139 hp and 195 pound-ft of torque. Power is sent to the front wheels through the six-speed transmission.
It is available as a front-wheel drive. The car features two driving modes; Eco and sports mode. The sports model features a sharper accelerator response, a firmer steering wheel and a dramatic gear shift. From 0-60 mph, it takes 9.5 seconds which is much faster compared to Toyota Prius V. On the other hand, the Eco mode features predictive energy control that helps in maximising fuel economy.
When the car is switched to the Eco-mode, it gives an estimated EPA fuel economy of 52 mpg in the city and 49 mpg on the highway. Likewise; when you switch to the sports mode, the fuel economy stands at 51 mpg in the city and 46 mpg on the highway. This gives the car an impressive fuel economy compared to its rivals.
2018 Kia Niro – Price and Release Date
In conclusion, the 2018 Kia Niro is in the initial development stages. The approximated retail price is estimated to be around $23,000. Finally, it will be available in the dealerships by the second quarter of 2018.