Kia Motors has officially unveiled the plug-in versions of the Niro compact crossover and Optima Sportwagon at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. Including the lithium-ion battery packs, both models will be covered by Kia’s 7-year / 100,000-mile warranty which could offer some assurance to hybrid shoppers who are interested in Kia but are also concerned over the brand’s limited history in the hybrid genre.
Michael Cole, Chief Operating Officer of Kia Motors says that the new Kia vehicles on display in Geneva highlight the ambition and increasingly broad appeal of the company and its cars. He further commented that new plug-in hybrid versions of the Niro and Optima Sportswagon will help Kia achieve its 2020 target to improve fuel economy by 25 per cent over 2014 levels.
Featuring more convenient options like touchscreen infotainment system that controls the hybrid system to show total range and nearby charging stations, Niro and Optima Sportswagon models are expected to go on sale in the third quarter of 2017.