The all-new 2017 Kia Niro hybrid crossover will start at $22,890 in the U.S. before destination when it hits dealers in early 2017.
The Kia Niro is the brand’s first-ever dedicated hybrid and has a targeted fuel economy goal of 50 mpg. Built on an all-new platform, power comes from a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine and an electric motor for a combined output of 146 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque.
A 1.56-kWh lithium-ion battery will reduce the load on the gas engine and increase efficiency, and, interestingly, the hybrid will use a dual clutch transmission and not a CVT.
The Niro will be offered in five trim levels: FE, LX, EX, Touring and limited-production Launch Edition.
The base Niro FE comes well-equipped with 16-inch wheels, 6-way power front seats, power windows, keyless entry, cruise control, a 7-inch touchscreen display, rearview camera, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and a six-speaker audio system with steering wheel mounted controls.
A jump to the Niro LX will see the price rise to $23,200 and will add a Smart Key with push button start, roof rails and LED taillamps.
The EX trim level, which starts from $25,700, incorporates the above options but also adds heated cloth/leather front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, LED daytime running lights, heated power folding side mirrors, front fog lamps, Blind Spot Detection, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Lane Change Assist.
The limited availability Niro Launch Edition brings with it a $28,000 price tag and is identified by its Snow White Pearl or Aurora Black Pearl exterior colors, model exclusive Hyper Gray 18-inch alloy wheels and metallic color grille.
Other add-ons include a 10-way power driver’s seat, an 8-inch touchscreen navigation system and an 8-speaker Harmon Kardon premium audio system.
Finally, there’s the range-topping Niro Touring, which will run buyers $29,650 and adds a power tilt/slide sunroof, front and rear park assist, heated and ventilated seats, a heated steering wheel, 10-way power driver’s seat with memory function and an 8-speaker Harman Kardon audio system.
An Advanced Technology Package is available for LX models ($1,450) and adds Forward Collision Warning, Autonomous Emergency Braking, and Lane Departure Warning, while a similar Sunroof and Advanced Technology Package is also available for EX models ($2,300).
A different Advanced Technology Package ($1,900) can also be applied to Touring models and adds HID headlamps, a wireless phone charger, a 110V inverter, Smart Cruise Control, Forward Collision Warning, Autonomous Emergency Braking and Lane Departure Warning.
The 2017 Kia Niro hybrid crossover will begin arriving at Kia dealerships in North America in the first quarter of 2017.