With it being all-new for 2017, the 2018 Kia Niro should hit showrooms with no changes.
When it debuted earlier this year, the Niro arrived with a unique look that combined a crossover with a hatchback, putting in a comfortable middle ground for buyers who couldn’t decide between the two body styles. One thing that set the Niro apart was its lack of “Hey! I am a hybrid, dang it!” styling. We expect this refreshingly calm design to remain untouched for 2018.
Inside, we expect everything to remain the same. Like the exterior, the interior’s lack of crazy styling is refreshing, and many buyers will likely appreciate its timid looks carrying over.
Also expected to remain unchanged are the standard features. In 2017, these included 16-inch alloy wheels, a 7-inch color touchscreen. Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, a six-speaker audio system, a rearview camera, Bluetooth connectivity, keyless entry, dual-zone auto climate control, and more.
We also expect the powertrain to remain the same when the 2018 Niros roll into dealers. This means it’ll continue with a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine and an electric motor that produce a modest 139 horsepower. This power will continue to route through a six-speed dual-clutch transmission on its way to the front wheels. The Niro will also likely continue to dominate in fuel economy with its 52 miles per gallon city, 49 highway, and 50 combined.
The IIHS hasn’t tested the 2017 Niro yet, but it does have the all-important automatic emergency braking available in the Technology package on LX and higher trims. We expect the IIHS to complete testing at some point, so stay tuned for updates.
Check back for a full review closer to launch.