Kia Niro: Identification / General information

Identifying a Kia Niro

"Eco Hybrid" logo on tail gate

The Kia Niro can be easily identified by the "Eco Hybrid" logo attached on the tail gate.

  

Electrocution Risk

The hybrid logo can become hidden after a crash due to damage to the vehicle. Always be sure to utilize additional methods of identification before determining the vehicle is not a hybrid.

Engine Room

A “Hybrid” badge is also displayed under the hood on the engine cover. Also, the High Voltage cabling is orange per SAE standard. Cables run from the bottom of the vehicle where they connect the High Voltage Battery to the HPCU (Hybrid Power Control Unit), Motor, Inverter, and other High Voltage components at the front of the vehicle.The presence of orange cables under the hood identifies the vehicle as an HEV.

VIN Label

The VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) identifies the Hybrid with a "C" displayed in the 8th position, as shown in the below drawing.

The VIN can be found:

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Underneath the front passenger seat (or driver seat).

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On the vehicle certification label attached to the driver’s side (or passenger) center pillar.

Niro Cluster Instrument Panel

The Niro Cluster Instrument Panel displays the HEV specific features such as high voltage battery SOC (State of Charge) in the highlighted part.

Identification
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Main Electronic Systems
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Other information:

Kia Niro 2017 (DE HEV) Service Manual: Virtual Engine Sound System Unit Repair procedures
Removal 1. Disconnect the negative (-) battery terminal. 2. Remove the glove box housing. (Refer to Body - "Glove Box Housing") 3. Disconnect the VESS unit connector (A). 4. ...

Kia Niro (DE HEV) Owners Manual: Snow tires
If you mount snow tires on your vehicle, make sure they are radial tires of the same size and load range as the original tires. Mount snow tires on all four wheels to balance your vehicle’s handling in all weather conditions. Keep in mind that the traction provided by snow tires on dry roads ...

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