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Kia has revealed new details for the new Kia Niro, which is being offered internationally as a hybrid, plug-in hybrid and battery-electric vehicle.

05 Apr 2022 | International News : U.K.

Kia has revealed new technical details of the drivetrains for the Kia Niro.

The crossover is set to be available with a full hybrid, plug-in hybrid, as well as a battery-electric drivetrain.

The plug-in hybrid and full hybrid models will utilise the firm's Smartstream 139bhp 1.6-litre engine, paired with a six-speed dual-clutch transmission, optimised for efficiency. This gearbox also has its reverse gear removed, saving 2.3kg. The car will instead draw from the electric motor alone to drive in reverse.

The battery electric Kia Niro is set to get a 201bhp output and a 463km WLTP range
This engine is paired with a 43bhp electric motor in the hybrid, while the plug-in hybrid Kia Niro will get an 83bhp motor, allowing a combined maximum output of 180bhp and an electric only range of up to 65km based on the WLTP range.

Both the hybrid and plug-in hybrid Niro are also set to get an intelligent Green Zone Drive Mode, which will automate the use of electric power by taking into account location guidance from the navigation system, driving pattern learning or manual driver input.

The technology will switch to electric-only driving to reduce exhaust emissions in locations close to schools and hospitals, and customers will also be able to designate their own green zones for local emissions-free driving around their neighbourhood, for example.

The new Kia Niro will also be available with a battery-electric drivetrain. This variant will utilise a 64.8kWh lithium-ion polymer battery to allow the crossover to reach a range of 463km based on the WLTP cycle. This battery will animate a 201bhp electric motor rated at 255Nm of torque.

Charging this battery-electric Kia Niro will take just 43 minutes to go from 10% to 80% capacity when charging via a 50kW direct current charger.

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