Introducing the All-New 2017 Kia Niro Hybrid Utility Vehicle, our newest eco-conscious vehicle that offers uncompromising design and exceptional utility coupled with hybrid efficiency.
For the first time ever, one innovative vehicle brings together alluring style, perfectly-proportioned utility, sporty driving feel, and high-MPG efficiency in a hybrid-only model. Long-awaited and much-anticipated, the entirely new 2017 Kia Niro is ready to make its thrilling debut.
Innovative Hybrid Engineering.
just-right utility vehicle, the Niro delivers generous cargo room,
effortless maneuverability, and an elevated stance, while evolving
beyond the hulkiness of ordinary utility vehicles. Its sporty driving
feel defies hybrid connotations and invites more adventurous journeys.
With a targeted 50 MPG fuel-economy rating*, the Niro's powertrain is highlighted by an all-new, extremely efficient 1.6L Kappa GDI engine and a smooth-transitioning 6-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission that's unheard-of among hybrids. The Niro also features UVO-based telematics that help boost fuel economy via the Predictive-Energy Control and Coasting Guide*, as well as lightweight advanced body materials.
"The Niro hits the sweet spot by offering the best combination of outstanding mpg, an engaging experience, utility, and most importantly, a stunning design that doesn't shout "hybrid,"" said Orth Hedrick, Vice President of Product Planning.
After running the table stylistically, starting with the
previous-generation Optima, Kia designers’ once-hot pens have seemingly
begun to cool. First came the latest Optima, which is still handsome but not as wow-inducing as the 2011 model. The 2017 Sportage crossover is certainly fresh, albeit with a bizarre face—we’ve called it “French” in appearance. And now comes the claimed all-new Cadenza
luxury sedan. Overall its design is sharper and more expressive than
before, but what’s with that concave, Maserati-like grille?
We should be clear that none of these recent Kias are ugly; it’s that
few seem to share a consistent design theme. In fact, study the Optima,
the Sportage, and now this Cadenza, and the only signature design cue
appears to be a set of quad LED foglight nacelles and upper and lower
indents in the grille. Beyond that, anything goes.
On the upside, the new Cadenza—a plus-size sedan that sits above the Optima in Kia’s lineup, but below the K900—is
a deluxe-looking piece. In place of the outgoing model’s doughy body
surfaces there are sharper creases and powerful sinew. And the grille
we’re scratching our heads over might not be the final U.S.-spec
treatment; after all, so far Kia is only showing us the Korean-market
K7. When the first-generation Cadenza finally arrived in the U.S. three years after the K7 went on sale overseas, several details differed, including the headlights, grille, and front fascia.
Sans that grille, the K7/Cadenza is a handsome, attractive thing,
made more so by a claimed lower and wider stance, a longer hood, and
smartly designed LED headlights and taillights. The first-generation
model utilized a platform that incorporated components from the Optima
sedan; since that car first debuted in 2009,
it’s time for the Cadenza to move on to newer bones. For now, Kia isn’t
saying what those bones are, but it’s a pretty safe assumption that the
Cadenza will once again be based heavily from the Optima. Also unknown
at this point is what’s powering the K7/Cadenza, potential drive
configurations (previously, the model was front-drive-only), and what
the interior looks like. All we know is that it will go on sale “in
global markets” in 2016. Stay tuned.
2016 KIA Optima
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