KIA tested its first hybrid.

KIA ran the European tests of its first hybrid SUV called Niro.

The first hybrid from KIA even has the hybrid name.

KIA hybridIt consists of the phrase “Near Zero”, which highlights the environmental friendliness and minimization of the harmful atmospheric emissions. And the word “Hero”, that is the kind of hero of zero level.

Indeed: the first hybrid SUV KIA was created almost from scratch. Especially for it KIA developed the new platform with the wheelbase of 2700 mm and the total length of 4335 mm. The capacity of luggage compartment is 421 L. The new economical petrol engine1.6 GDI, working together with the modern electric motor and 6-speed computerized double clutch gearbox DCT, serves as the power unit.

The class of Niro is also unusual. The hybrid SUV occupies the niche between KIA Ceed and KIA Sportage with 2011 Mustang headlight bulb. Niro is 100 mm lower than Sportage and 65 mm higher than Ceed. In length –125 mm shorter and 45 mm longer respectively.