since the previous post^ I saw the Niro (& Ioniq)... something about the Niro's interior I liked in person, even tho not as premium as I'd prefer; & overall doesn't look as DRAB as these pix
now, with only HALF-a-Battery (for a plug-in) imho:
Kia Niro PHEV Presented, Goes On Sale In Europe This Year
Mar 7, 2017 | By Cristian Gnaticov
...It pairs a 1.6-liter GDI direct-injected petrol engine with an 8.9 kWh lithium-polymer battery pack,
which has a higher capacity compared to the 1.56 kWh battery pack found on the Niro Hybrid. It provides juice to a more powerful 44.5 kW (61 PS/60 HP) electric motor, contributing to a total output of 141 PS (139 HP) and 265 Nm (195 lb-ft) of torque.
Power is sent to the wheels through a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, and in this flavor, the vehicle needs 10.8 seconds to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph), a 0.7sec improvement over the standard Niro, while emitting below 30 g/km of CO2, in the NEDC. Moreover, its pure-electric driving range is said to stand at more than 55 km (34 miles)...
...Then there's Predictive Energy Control (PEC), which works with the navigation and cruise control, and collects data to determine when to recharge the battery pack, or when to store energy to the wheels.
Adopting a plug-in hybrid powertrain is said to have minimal effect on packaging and versatility, as the higher-capacity battery pack is located beneath the floor boot and rear seat bench...
...Inside, the vehicle features single-tone black leather upholstery, or two-tone light grey and black leather, blue stitching, blue surround for the air vents on the dashboard, a new 7.0-inch full-TFT driver instrument cluster, and the latest 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment. Other equipment includes navigation, smartphone integration, smartphone wireless charger, weather forecasts, and a JBL premium sound system.
Safety-wise, the Niro PHEV comes with vehicle stability management, electronic stability control, autonomous emergency braking with forward collision-avoidance assist, lane keeping assist, driver attention warning, smart cruise control, blind spot warning, and rear cross-traffic collision warning.