Niro PHEV has a lithium-polymer battery pack of 8.9 kWh, 7.34 kWh higher than that on the hybrid model. The car needs two and a half hours to charge from a Level 2 240-volt outlet or nine hours in a normal outlet.
Furthermore, on the new model, Kia placed this battery pack under the floor and under the rear seats, so the storage space does not suffer.
The new crossover plug-in version combines a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine with an electric motor for a total output of 139 horsepower and a torque of 264 Nm. Kia officials estimate that in this configuration, the car can travel up to 900 kilometers.
What is strange is that the fuel economy on the Niro PHEV is lower than the most efficient hybrid the manufacturer has. There are values like 5.9 liters/100 km in town, 6.4 liters on the highway and an average of 6.1 on general. In comparison, the FE version of the Niro consumes 5.4 liters/100 km in the city, 5.8 on the highway and reaches an average of 5.6 in general.
This seems to be the biggest issue of the new Kia Niro PHEV, because the new model also has a major advantage: an electric range of 45 km.
The new Niro PHEV will be officially released in 2018 in three versions: LX, EX and EX Premium.