Kia Releases Pricing for Its Unusual 2017 Niro Hybrid
Kia has released the price list for its new hybrid crossover, the Niro.
The Niro, which launches in the first quarter of this year, carries a base sticker price of $23,785 after destination. Carrying a brand name that doesn’t immediately spring to mind when utility-hungry shoppers think “crossovers,” the front-wheel-drive-only hybrid Niro stands out on the basis of its powertrain alone, but is it what people want?
The Niro comes in five trim levels, though each rung on the ladder has the same power on tap. An Atkinson-cycle 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that delivers 104 horsepower and 109 lb-ft of torque joins forces with an electric motor, boosting total output to 139 hp and 195 lb-ft. The only transmission choice is a six-speed dual-clutch gearbox.
In base FE form, the Niro delivers a lot for the price. Providing features like a back-up camera, seven-inch touchscreen, keyless entry, and both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality, it’s not devoid of technology. Moving up to the LX only adds a push-button start, LED taillights, and rails to mount a roof rack. While it doesn’t receive a huge list of upgrades, the $24,095 LX is only a modest $310 step up.
For $27,595, you can get the EX, which comes with many more features. This trim level includes fog lamps, LED running lights, heated power-folding mirrors, heated seats, a steering wheel with leather, Blind Spot Detection with Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Lane Change Assist. A $2,500 increase might seem steep, but it is still priced much lower than any of its competitors.
The special Launch Edition is next with a $28,895 price tag. This package includes 18-inch alloys, a larger touchscreen, premium audio, and a 10-way driver seat. Top-end Touring trim adds another $1,650, topping out the range at $30,545. Standard equipment on that model includes a tilt/slide sunroof, heated steering wheel, and ventilated seats. Features from the Launch Edition are included with the Touring, as well.
Packages containing a host of driver-assist technologies are offered on various trim levels. Forward Collision Warning, Autonomous Emergency Braking, and Lane Departure Warning are available on the LX for an additional $1,450. These features are a $2,300 upgrade on the EX, but that package also adds cruise control and the same sunroof as the Touring.
The Touring has a $1,900 option that includes the driver-assist tech, plus HID headlights, a wireless phone charger, and a 110-volt power inverter.
While the Niro can be considered a trailblazer in the fledgling subcompact hybrid crossover market, stickering for $10,000 less than larger hybrid crossovers with comparable features, it remains to be seen if the sub-segment takes off or fizzles.
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