And Kia cleans up act with two new plug-in hybrids
KIA introduced two new plug-in hybrid models at the Geneva Motor Show: the Niro PHEV and Optima Sportswagon PHEV.
The Niro Plug-in follows the launch of the hybrid crossover last year, and has an 8.9kwh lithium-polymer battery pack to go with the 1.6-litre GDI petrol engine.
That combination develops 139bhp and 265Nm of torque, while Kia claims an allelectric range in excess of 34 miles and CO2 emissions of less than 30g/km; this compares with a figure of 88g/km for the standard hybrid. Recharging the battery is expected to take up to four hours from a domestic power source. Kia has also taken the opportunity to differentiate the Plug-in Niro from its sister car with a number of styling tweaks, including a new satin chrome grille surround and blue highlights in the front and rear bumpers. There are also 16-inch alloy wheels, new full-led headlamps and Eco Plug-in badges.
The Optima Sportswagon PHEV that joined the Niro on the stand at Geneva pairs a 11.26kwh lithium-polymer battery pack with a 2.0-litre four-cylinder GDI petrol engine to develop 202bhp. Kia claims an all-electric range of 38 miles and fuel economy of 188mpg. Both models go on sale in the second half of the year.
AT THE DOUBLE Plug-in Niro (above) and Optima wagon are marked out by blue detailing