This model will have an electric range of 33 miles (53 kilometres)
The PHEV will be $7,250 more expensive than the regular hybrid model
Pricing for the fully electric version has yet to be announced
The 2023 Kia Niro plug-in hybrid will soon be offered to American buyers with a starting price of $33,740.
This is $7,250 more than the base price for the self-contained hybrid version of the small crossover, which enters its second generation in 2023.
According to the automaker, the changes made to the Niro PHEV don’t stop at its new interior and exterior appearance since it benefits from 25% more electric range and an improvement in overall fuel consumption.
This means the new Niro PHEV will be able to drive 33 miles (53 kilometres) on a charge, despite having more power to offer.
This increase in power is due to a new electric motor that delivers 83 horsepower instead of the 45 horsepower produced by the previous generation’s electric motor.
Combined with the same 1.6L four-cylinder engine, this brings the total power output of the Niro PHEV to 180 horsepower, while the peak torque remains the same, at 195 lb-ft. This power goes to the front wheels exclusively through a six-speed dual-clutch transmission.
Kia states that the increase in the electric range also makes the powertrain more efficient when starting trips with a full battery, which takes less than three hours to accomplish with a level 2 charger.
Two trim levels will be offered for the Niro Plug-in hybrid in the US, with the EX being the entry-level version.
This model will come standard with 16 driver assistance features such as the rear cross-traffic alert, automatic emergency braking with junction assist, and lane following assist.
A Cold weather package will be available to add a second cabin heater, heated rear seats, and a heated steering wheel.
For $39,490, buyers will be able to step up to the SX Touring, which will include a number of additional comfort and convenience features. This version will also be available with the optional 18-inch wheels and contrasting colour C-Pillar treatment.
Since Kia chose not to reveal the prices of every version of the new Niro simultaneously, we still don’t know how much the fully electric variant will cost. Similarly, pricing information for this model in Canada has yet to be announced.