During the recent 2017 Geneva Motor Show, the Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid made its official debut and it will commence sales in the US by the end of this year.

This model comes equipped with a 1.6L four-cylinder gasoline engine and an 8.9kWh battery unit, which is larger than the regular Niro Hybrid’s 1.56kWh.

The Niro Plug-in Hybrid is capable of churning out 139hp and 195 lb-ft torque while its electric-driving range is rated by NEDC with 34 miles. This Kia is able to reach a 0-62mph in 10.8 seconds, marking a 0.7 seconds faster than the Niro Hybrid.

What sets it apart from the regular Niro Hybrid is its “new satin chrome grille surround, special chrome brightwork with a blue-metallic finish, thin “blades” in the front and rear bumpers, unique 16-inch wheels designed to reduce wind resistance, full LED headlights and “Eco Plug-in” badging,” as described by HybridCars.

Aside that, the Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid features vehicle stability management, electronic stability control, autonomous emergency braking with forward collision-avoidance assist, lane keeping assist, driver attention warning, smart cruise control, blind spot warning and rear-cross traffic alert.

Seeing that the Niro Hybrid makes life difficult for the regular Prius by being the cheaper crossover alternative, the Niro Plug-In Hybrid could do the same to the Prius Prime.

Staff Reporter

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