Taking advantage of a Qashqai which will have a plug-in version in 2018 only while an X-Trail Hybrid is already avaible...
Smaller than the Sportage, the Niro clearly targets compact crossovers like the Qashqai with direct competitors like the Tiguan GTE or RAV4 Hybrid.
On the powertrain side, the Niro Hybrid houses a 104hp four-cylinder 1.6GDI and an electric motor located in the dual clutch gearbox, the 1.46kWh battery takes place under the rear seat to keep the cargo space, the combination allows 148hp and 264nm of torque for 89g / km and 4.7l per 100km!
The Korean manufacturer hopes to take a step ahead of Nissan, after the Optima Hybrid sedan and its 100% electric Soul EV, it is now the brand's new SUV presented in world premiere at the Chicago Auto Show that inherits a very frugal hybrid four-cylinder.
The Korean offensive, very concrete with the Niro which is already in pre-production will be double with the Hyundai Ioniq expected soon and that houses the same engine!
On the entertainment side we note the presence of Android Auto and Apple carplay onboard.
The European first of the Niro Hybrid will be held at the Geneva Motor Show which opens its doors on March 3, 2016.