And Kia cleans up act with two new plug-in hy­brids

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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

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