South Korean carmaker Kia Motors is just about to commence selling its 2017 Kia Niro hybrid utility vehicle in the United States, and it has revealed the pricing for all available models just in time for the much awaited Super Bowl LI.
The new 2017 Kia Niro is not your ordinary SUV. When a consumer needs practicality, an SUV would be a proper proposition. However, in terms of fuel economy, a buyer may go for a compact car or better yet, grab a hybrid vehicle. But since the new Kia Niro is both an SUV and a hybrid vehicle, its primary attributes include both practicality and fuel economy. As a utility vehicle with hybrid capability, the new 2017 Kia Niro sure doesn’t come cheap.
At launch, the new 2017 Kia Niro will be available in five versions, including the Launch Edition. The regular versions are the FE, LX, EX and Touring. The Launch Edition of the Kia Niro is slotted between the EX and the Touring models. As the base version, the Niro FE is also the most affordable with a starting manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of $22,890. Even if it is the base version, the Niro FE is decently equipped as it is loaded with features like seven-inch touchscreen, smartphone integration, power windows, reversing camera and audio system as well as keyless access and 16-inch wheels.
When the Niro LX version is chosen, a customer just needs to add a few hundred dollars to a starting MSRP of $23,200. In this trim level, the new Kia Niro would have the features of the FE with the addition of roof rails, LED taillights and push-button start. On the other hand, the Niro EX model – available at a starting MSRP of $25,700 – builds on the equipment found on the LX and adds front fog lamps, LED daytime running lamps and heated power-folding mirrors as well as leather-wrapped steering wheel and heated seats. Also added are Lance Chance Assist and Blind Spot Detection with Rear Cross Traffic Alert.
Topping the range is the Kia Niro Touring, which has an MSRP of $29,650. As the range-topper, the Touring model offers all the available standard equipment like the heated steering wheel, ventilated seats, 10-way driver's seat, eight-inch touchscreen navigation and the eight-speaker Harman Kardon premium audio system as well as 18-inch Hyper Gray alloy wheels wrapped in Michelin tires and tilt/slide sunroof.
The Launch Edition, meanwhile, boasts of all of these features sans the tilt/slide sunroof, ventilated seats and heated steering wheel. However, the Niro Launch Edition could be finish in either Snow White Pearl or Aurora Black Pearl – both of which are offered as $395 options on other models. All prices exclude $895 in destination charges.
Kia Niro Touring customers could also avail of the optional Advanced Technology Package for just an additional $1,900. This package includes HID headlights, Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB), Forward Collision Warning System (FCWS), Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS), Smart Cruise Control (SCC), 110V inverter and wireless phone charger.
Another optional Advanced Technology Package is also available for $1,450 just for the Kia Niro LX and it includes Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB), Forward Collision Warning System (FCWS), Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS), Smart Cruise Control (SCC), leather wrapped steering wheel and gear shift knob, LED DRLs and front fog lights.
A Sunroof Advanced Technology Package is available only for the Kia Niro EX at $2,300 that includes power tilt/slide sunroof, Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB), Forward Collision Warning System (FCWS), Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS), Smart Cruise Control (SCC) and a 10-way Power driver's seat with two-way power lumbar support.