Parallel hybrid system of the 2018 Kia Niro

Ahead of the curve.

Cross over to a new kind of hybrid. From the Parallel Hybrid System and regenerative braking system, to the impressively efficient and fun-to-drive dual-clutch automatic transmission with Sport Mode, the Niro is the perfect pairing of optimized fuel economy and dynamic driving performance. And with a 10-year/100,000-mile warranty that covers the hybrid system, including the electric traction motor, you can drive the open road with confidence.

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Unparalleled performance.

At the core of Niro’s innovative powertrain is Kia’s Full Parallel Hybrid System. It combines the pure power of our hybrid-optimized engine with a highly efficient, lightweight electric motor and a powerful lithium-ion polymer battery. The result is a smooth, reliable performance that delivers outstanding hybrid efficiency.


Electric drive motor in the 2018 Kia Niro

Paired with the energy-dense 1.56 kWh lithium-ion battery, the lightweight electric motor provides dynamic efficiency for a spirited drive.

1.6L GDI gas engine in the 2018 Kia Niro crossover

The Niro’s 1.6L, gasoline-direct injection (GDI) engine offers both high efficiency and a sporty feel.

The 2018 Kia Niro with 6-speed automatic transmission

Changing the rules of hybrid.

Meet the automatic transmission that raises the bar for how a hybrid should perform. Where many hybrids use a continuously variable transmission (CVT), the Niro features a highly responsive, 6-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission (DCT) that shifts gears smoothly and quickly. The result is a crisp, exhilarating drive.

Regenerative braking system in the 2018 Kia Niro

Renewed energy.

Any time you slow down, the regenerative braking system charges Niro up. During deceleration, the electric traction motor captures the kinetic energy to recharge the battery. It’s one of the many energy-smart technologies that help maximize fuel economy.


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