With the global debut of the 2017 Kia Niro Hybrid Utility Vehicle (HUV), Kia Motors America (KMA) introduced the latest addition to its Green Car Roadmap at the 2016 Chicago Auto Show. The all-new Niro boasts a set of highly-integrated features in styling and functionality as well as the outstanding efficiency of a hybrid.
The 2017 Kia Niro, which falls under Kia’s EcoDynamics lineup, embodies a number of firsts for the car maker. It was developed with an enhanced eco-car platform following its predecessors such as the Soul EV and the Optima Hybrid. The vehicle is a vital leap in fulfilling the company’s vision to triple its environmental roster by 2020.
Moreover, a plug-in hybrid powertrain is also to be added to the Niro’s succeeding lineup. The new Kia Niro, developed and assembled at Kia Motors’ design centers in Namyang, Korea, and Irvine, California, is a clear indication of the brand’s desire to offer functional utility and efficiency without one compromising the other.
The designers made sure that the vehicle is unique and different from the usual HUVs, making it look stronger with subtly shaped surfaces offset by tough design cues. The new HUV highlights a very athletic appearance, featuring wide and low proportions, a long roofline, and short overhangs.
The automaker’s signature grille, aggressively-sculpted headlights, and tough shoulders emphasize a familiar front fascia. The hood’s contours, roof rails, rocket cladding, huge wheel arches, and rear skid plate make the HUV look more appealing and sporty. Despite its cohesive crossover theme, aerodynamics also played a vital consideration in production. The Niro’s detailed bodywork relatively adds up to its 0.29 slippery coefficient of drag.