Test drive the Kia Niro city hybrid crossover

City hybrid crossover

The Korean car manufacturer KIA has developed its own platform for his crossover model Kia Niro: the stainless steel we come only as a hybrid model on the market, in Germany in September 2016. With 4.36 metres in length, 1.81 meters width and height of 1.54 metres of stainless steel is more compact than the Sportage and larger than the CEE'd out. It is offered in Europe - depending on the market and execution - in up to ten body colors, as well as with 16 - or 18-inch alloy wheels. The hybrid drive system includes a 32 kW electric engine and a six-speed dual clutch transmission (DCT) a 1.6 liter gasoline direct injection (GDI), a lithium ion polymer battery.

From the outside, also the Niro is clearly recognizable as a member of the KIA family, this is ensured by the typical radiator grille in the shape of an "animal nose". The design was developed under the auspices of the KIA design centers in Irvine (California) and Namyang (Korea). By the relatively long hood, the short overhangs, the highly positioned front headlights and the rising shoulder line, the Kia Niro shows an athletic appearance. The gently sloping to the rear roof line is terminated by a rear roof spoiler. The rear lights and the wide, angular rear bumper can be optically especially voluminous work the tail in the shoulder area in combination with the wheel arches.

In the Interior of the stainless steel, many soft-touch surfaces is equipped. The horizontal alignment of the design shows on the dashboard. The instrument unit and the infotainment display located at the top, in the bottom of the various controls, among other things for the air conditioning and the most important driver assistance systems. All instruments are clearly aimed at the driver and be easy to read.

Niro is powered by 1.6 liter gasoline direct injection (GDI) with 77 kW / 105 HP and 147 Newton metres (nm) torque, a 32 kW electric motor and a lithium-ion-polymer battery with a capacity of 1.56 kWh. The hybrid system has a total capacity of 104 kW / 141 HP and a maximum torque of 265 NM, which is in the first available and enables a powerful acceleration during starting. The drive force is transferred to the front wheels through a six-speed direct transmission (DCT). With 16-inch wheels, the Niro consumes on average 3.8 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (18-inch wheels: 4.4 litres) and has a combined carbon dioxide emissions by 88 g / km (18-inch wheels: 101 g / km).

The six speed DCT gearbox is based on the architecture of the new, developed by KIA itself seven stages DCT in the revised CEE'd is used. The six-stage version of the Kia Niro was developed specially for this hybrid application and provides a more direct and faster feedback. Here, the driver has the choice between automatic mode and sport mode, in which the gear by hand is switched, which gives a dynamic driving experience. The automatic mode also gives a sporty driving style, without being uncomfortable. The gear changes are barely noticeable.

To achieve efficiency in the interaction of DCT and hybrid system, KIA has developed a new "transmission-mounted electric device" (TMED). This electric motor integrated in the gearbox, the DCT can transfer parallel the full power of combustion engine and electric motor, so that minimal energy losses occur. KIA is currently developing for the European market a new "eco the" system (eco-driving Assistant system), which will be available for the stainless steel at a later date. It includes two wizards, which depending on the driving situation energy save or recover can: the coasting Wizard (coasting guide control CGC) and the forward-looking efficiency Wizard (predictive energy control PEC). The coasting Wizard signals the driver through an icon in the instrument unit, when before a crossing is the best time to take the foot off the gas, so the vehicle can roll out and recuperate while charging the battery.

By setting an affect in the navigation system, the coasting Wizard is automatically switched on, in a certain speed range, he gives the driver then the corresponding recommendations. The efficiency Assistant also activated via the navigation system, analyzes the route in gradients and slopes.

An upcoming gap route, registered in the system's can for example decide to use the electric motor before the gap, to save fuel, and then the steep road to use in order to recharge the battery. The efficiency Assistant to KIA is the first system of its kind that takes into account both gradients and gradient in the driving strategy. The battery is located under the rear seat bench, in addition to the 45 liter fuel tank.

This provides can be still a luggage compartment, the 427 l stainless steel that extend back seats to 1425 liters can be folded. From the fourth quarter of 2016, a hitch for up to 1300 kg trailer (braked) available is optional. With the Kia Niro, the Korean car manufacturer in the manufacturers of hybrid vehicles has arrived. The stainless steel is a fully suitable for everyday use vehicle, which will be his friends by his design, hybrid technology and CO2 levels. (ampnet/nic)

KIA NiroLänge x width x height (in m): 4.36 x 1.81 x 1.54 (m) wheelbase: 2,70Motor: 1.6 GDI - 1.6 litre HubraumLeistung: 77 kW / 105 HP at 5700 U/minMax. Torque: 147 NM at 4000 U/minE motor: power: 32 kW / 44 HP at 1798-2500 U/minMax. Torque: 170 NM at 0-1798 U/minBatterie: lithium ion polymer voltage: 240 VKapazität: 1.56 kWhSystemleistung: 104 kW / 141 HP at 5700 U/minMax. Torque: 265 NM at 1000-2400 U/mniHöchstgeschwindigkeit: 162 km/hBeschleunigung 0-100 mph: 11.5 Sek.ECE average consumption: 3.8 litres (16-inch wheels); 4.4 liter (18-inch wheels) CO2 emissions: 88 g / km (16 inches); 101 g / km (18 inches) weight / load capacity: 1500 kg / 430 kgMax. Towing capacity: 1300 kg (braked)