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2017 Kia Niro Hybrid debuts in Chicago

2017 Kia Niro Hybrid

Kia has unveiled its first dedicated hybrid, the 2017 Niro hybrid utility vehicle. The Niro hybrid combines the efficiency of a hybrid powertrain with a SUV body, which should help it appeal to the SUV-loving buyers.

2017 Kia Niro Hybrid

Based on an all-new dedicated eco-car platform, the Niro hybrid is powered by a 1.6L four-cylinder engine that generates 103 horsepower and a 43-hp electric motor. The powertrain generates a total 146 horsepower and 195 lb-ft. of torque. The system is mated to a six-speed dual-clutch transmission and a 1.56 kWH lithium-ion battery that is located under the rear seat. Kia estimates that the Niro will have a combined rating of 50 mpg. A plug-in hybrid version will be added later.

2017 Kia Niro Hybrid

Related: Kia to launch a new rear-wheel drive sedan in 2017

On the outside, the Niro looks more like a traditional compact SUV than a hybrid. Kia boasts that "the Niro demonstrates that owners don't have to sacrifice emotionally engaging design or functional utility in the name of efficiency."

2017 Kia Niro Hybrid

Source: Kia

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