23.12.2016Top 10 Green Cars 2017 - Part 2
Next Green Car takes a look at the year ahead, picking out the best and most exciting green cars due to be launched in 2017.
3. Mini Countryman E
BMW is gradually rolling out its significant electric vehicle expertise across more and more of its range, with Mini set to be included too. The next generation Countryman will use a three cylinder 1.5 litre petrol engine and electric motor to produce a combined 224hp and 385 Nm of torque.
These will contribute to official economy figures of 134.5 MPG, 49 g/km CO2, and an electric range of up to 25 miles. Advanced driving modes such as Auto eDrive and Save Battery will help drivers get the most out of their 7.6 kWh battery pack once deliveries start in February.
4. Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid
The crossover market was the only sector to not feature any plug-in models in the Next Green Car Awards 2016 - the reason being that there weren't any on sale. Now though, Kia will join the above Mini Countryman in offering a plug-in hybrid version of its Niro.
Details of the powertrain aren't available yet, though the same set-up as due in the Hyundai Ioniq Plug-in could be expected since the two brands are part of the same company. This would mean a 1.6 petrol engine and electric motor providing more than 30 miles of electric range from an 8.9 kWh battery.