Posts Tagged ‘kia niro hybrid crossover’

Kia Motors Receive Two Awards from MotorWeek at Chicago Auto Show

Friday, February 14th, 2020
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Lately, it seems all automotive news is circling around the 2020 Kia Telluride, and who could blame it? The 2020 Kia Telluride is not only the largest SUV in the Kia Motors lineup, but it’s also won many awards since its release. By the end of 2019, the Kia Telluride won the “Triple Crown” of Automotive Awards, named the 2020 North American Utility Vehicle of the Year from North American Car of the Year (NACTOY); MotorTrend SUV of the Year; and on a Car and Driver 10 Best list. Recently, it won, the MAMA “Family Vehicle of the Year” award. With all this news, some may have forgotten the hybrid crossover that surprised millions when it came out – yeah, it started the Kia Niro lineup (gas, hybrid, and electric). MotorWeek hasn’t forgotten though, because the Kia Niro and the Kia Telluride won during the 2019 MotorWeek Drivers’ Choice Awards.

The 2020 Chicago Auto Show came and went over a single weekend, with reporters and the press getting behind closed doors earlier on in the week. Although a single weekend isn’t a lot of time, it was a great chance for many automakers to show off their latest concepts and updated vehicles. Kia Motors was there to show off the new 2020 Kia Cadenza, and boy does it look amazing. During the 2020 Chicago Auto Show MotorWeek was also there to run its awards show, and the Kia Niro won in the “Best Eco-Friendly” category and Kia Telluride won out in the “Best Large Utility” category. Large Utility vehicle? Well, it is getting an off-road trim soon – an off-road Kia Telluride SUV, how nuts is that? Watch out, Jeep®.

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News About the Kia Niro EV Fuel Efficiency

Friday, September 21st, 2018
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Miami Lakes Automall 2018 Kia Niro e-Niro

During fall of 2018, we received more news about the three Kia Niro crossovers. There’s the original Kia Niro hybrid crossover, released in 2017, followed by the Kia Niro plug-in hybrid crossover by the end of 2018. Coming soon is an all-electric version of the Kia Niro, the Kia Niro EV. We got some great news about the interior of the Kia Niro EV and its all-electric range. Now with news about its recent recordings for the Europe model, we wonder if Kia Motors is still running tests and optimizing this electric crossover, or have the numbers for the U.S. been solidified?

Last time we discussed the Kia Niro EV, the powertrain had changed a bit from its original debut. For the Niro EV, Kia developed a next-generation electric vehicle powertrain with two options for consumers to choose from. The standard setup was a 39.2 kWh battery system that can travel 150 miles emissions free, but consumers can opt-in for the high-capacity 64 kWh lithium-polymer battery pack for 280 miles! That’s pretty great for an electric vehicle.

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Two Kia Hybrids and the Kia Stinger Named by U.S. News

Thursday, June 21st, 2018
Miami Lakes Automall US News Niro Optima Hybrid Sstinger

Miami Lakes Automall US News Niro Optima Hybrid Sstinger

Kia Motors is super popular as of late. Many organizations and news sources, including the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and U.S. News & World Report, are heralding many Kia vehicles. Two of Kia Motors’ newest vehicles, the Kia Stinger and the Kia Niro were both named on a list by U.S. News & Report, along with the Kia Optima Hybrid. Both, the Kia Optima Hybrid and the Niro hybrid crossover were also named on the same list. Can you guess what list? It has to do with their fuel type.

U.S. News List of Best Hybrids

Yes, the 2018 Kia Niro and 2018 Kia Optima Hybrid have both been named on the U.S. News & World Report’s list of best hybrids on the auto market today. Cheers! If thinking about making the switch to a more eco-friendly way of driving, then one of these hybrids is the ticket to get going. Looking for the flexibility of a crossover, or is the handling and a control of a sedan a better fit? It all comes down to lifestyle.

We can understand why both of these Kia Motors vehicles made the list. To start, the Kia Niro is the world’s first hybrid crossover. Powered by a combination of two different power sources working together, an internal combustion, or a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine, and a 1.56 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery and generator attached to an electric motor. Together, the hybrid system produces 139 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque. Paired with a six-speed dual-clutch transmission, U.S. News & World Report points out the substantial fuel economy not normally found on larger vehicles.

“It’s EPA rated to earn up to 52 mpg in the city and 49 mpg on the highway. If you want to get that kind of mileage, however, you’ll want to opt for the base model … Also making the Niro stand out from competitors in the SUV hybrid world, was the model’s offering of a six-speed automatic transmission, one of only a few hybrids that feature it” – John Vincent, writer of U.S. News & World Report.

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Kia’s Hybrid and Electric Vehicles

Wednesday, March 8th, 2017
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Miami Lakes Kia Hybrid Electric Niro Crossover

Kia has been coming out with a lot of new vehicles lately. This year we were treated to the debut of the Kia Stinger, and at SEMA, we got a glimpse of some autonomous vehicles Kia is developing. However, until autonomous vehicles become the norm, automakers need to focus on where the money is, and right now that’s crossovers, SUVs, and hybrids. No wonder Kia has four of their own, including the 2017 Kia Niro Hybrid Crossover.

SO, where did it all start? We’re thinking the Kia Optima Hybrid set the stage, a variation of the original Optima, followed by the Optima PHEV and Kia Soul EV – another variation of an original model. The 2017 Kia Niro is the most recent of the trend.

Kia Optima Hybrids

The 2017 Kia Optima Hybrid and PHEV are both variations of the original Kia Optima. They may look the same and share similar characteristics, but the powertrain is much different. Starting with the Kia Optima Hybrid, a 2.0-liter I4 Full Parallel Hybrid System runs things with a 2.0-liter GDI engine with CVVT and a 38 kW motor powered by a 1.76 kWh lithium polymer battery. It may not seem like much, but the engine designs GDI and CVVT completely change the game.

“GDI” stands for gasoline direct injection, a type of fuel injection system that injects highly pressurized fuel directly into the cylinders of an engine during the combustion cycle. Due to its resulting optimization of horsepower and fuel economy, it’s starting to replace other injection systems. “CVVT”, or Continuously Variable Valve Timing, like “CVT” transmission, can alter the timing of air intake and exhaust valve lift events to suit all speeds and conditions, without losing fuel or power. Together, this leads to a total output of 193-horsepower for the Kia Optima Hybrid, with a fuel economy of 39/46 mpg city/highway.

Unlike the Kia Optima Hybrid, that relies on regenerative braking to charge the battery (a process of transferring the power used to top a vehicle (braking) into a generator for the electric motor), the Kia Optima PHEV is a plug-in hybrid-electric vehicle. This means drivers can rely on regenerative braking or just charge the battery via an electrical outlet/charging station. With that comes the ability to drive on electricity-alone with zero emissions.

The Kia Optima PHEV is powered by a 156-hp 2.0-liter GDI engine and a 50 kW electric motor, powered by a 9.8 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery pack. The combined fuel economy currently sits at 40 mpg, and that’s when it is in hybrid mode. If running on electricity-alone, drivers can cover over 30 miles before needing power from the engine. It has three ways to charge the battery: regenerative braking, a Level 1 (120v) charger that receives a full charge in 9 hours, and a Level 2 (240v) charger for use at public station to charge up in less than 3 hours.

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