The 2017 Kia vehicles lineup continues to push the boundaries of what you can expect from your favorite auto manufacturer. This year, Kia is introducing the all-new Kia Niro, a handsome compact SUV built with innovative hybrid technology.
The Niro isn’t the only change to Kia’s portfolio, though. The Soul, Cadenza, Sportage, Forte, Optima Hybrid, and Sorento each see advancements in 2017, too.
You can see any of these models in person when you visit Union County Kia in Indian Trail, North Carolina. Stop by whenever you like to learn about what’s new in 2017 Kia vehicles, or read on for our summary.
2017 Kia Vehicles Introduce the All-New Niro and Other Updates
2017 Kia Niro
The Niro is sure to steal the show this year. The demand for a hybrid vehicle in the compact SUV segment was too powerful to ignore. Kia saw the need and answered with the Niro, a handsome compact SUV that delivers up to 50 MPG.
The Niro is a true balance of brains and brawn. Under the hood, the Niro syncs an electric motor with a 1.6L Atkinson-cycle engine to produce 146 HP and 195 lb.-ft of torque. On the outside, the Niro’s body is characterized by smooth, elegant lines that add depth and richness to its color.
This is the hybrid SUV that you’ve been waiting for. We’re excited to have the Niro join the Kia family and we welcome you to reach out with any questions about availability and release date. You can also read more about this model in one of our previous blog posts.
Kia’s beloved Forte gets fine-tuned in 2017.
Changes from the outgoing model include a more performant 2.0L Atkinson-cycle engine and an upgraded fascia. Additionally, drivers can expect more options in the 2017 Forte like automatic braking and adaptive headlights to illuminate corners while turning.
The Cadenza has been turning heads since its introduction in 2014. Since then, this German inspired sedan has only gotten more luxurious.
For 2017, the Cadenza comes standard with a muscular 3.3L V6 that produces 290 HP and 253 lb.-ft of torque. With a stiffer and lighter chassis, the Cadenza’s redesigned body lends itself to a harmonious driving experience.
The 2017 Cadenza also sees major changes in its appearance. The interior has been meticulously crafted with every detail in mind. Soft colors contrast with darker accents throughout the cabin to strike a classic tone. The exterior is characterized by a commanding but sophisticated linear design.
2017 Kia Optima Hybrid
The 2017 Optima Hybrid is a testament to Kia’s commitment to excellence and technological innovation.
For the 2017 model, the Optima Hybrid features a more refined driving experience courtesy of drivetrain improvements. An efficient 2.0L Atkinson-cycle engine replaces the outgoing model’s 2.4L engine. This substitution is well-received: the 2017 Optima Hybrid boasts an impressive 40 MPG. That’s a notable improvement from the previous model’s mark of 37 MPG.
The Optima Hybrid links its improved engine to a conventional 6-speed automatic transmission and replaces the torque converter with an electric motor and clutch. That means this model will have much smoother shifting than competing hybrid vehicles, so if that kept you away before, check it out now.
Much of the Sorento stays unchanged in 2017 since it was recently redesigned. It still offers a stunning yet cohesive design that adds luxury points to this family-ready SUV. The big change comes with the addition of driver-assistance in the form of emergency braking.
The Kia Soul truly is one-of-a-kind. In 2017, the hip and functional Soul receives the long awaited option for a turbocharged 1.6L engine. The Soul Turbo will have 201 HP and 195 lb.-ft of torque on tap. The extra power under the hood will make the already groovy Soul even more addictive to drive.
The Sportage rounds out Kia’s 2017 lineup changes and is more versatile than ever.
Kia has put thoughtful attention into redesigning the interior with soft-touch material and accented stitching. The cockpit is crafted to the driver’s liking with a functional infotainment system. The 2017 Sportage features an elegance of simplicity that is not present in the outgoing model. The exterior has also been streamlined to produce a more mature and sophisticated appearance that’s accentuated by the addition of a handsome grille.
Kia keeps things exciting in 2017 with the introduction of the Niro and a host of additions and redesigns to its portfolio. Be sure to reach out to us with any questions you have about the availability of these new Kia vehicles.