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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-16-2018, 09:21 AM Thread Starter
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What is the Rear Hatch made of?

I have a 2018 Niro PHEV and am wondering what the rear hatch is made of? I noticed that magnets do not stick to it, so I am guessing its aluminium which seems to make sense for weight reduction. Just curious if anyone knows for sure?
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-16-2018, 12:04 PM
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Hood and hatch are supposed to be aluminum. Non-structural. Pretty common now for many models, not just hybrids.mNot as common where strength/crash protection is required, like doors and frame.

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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-17-2018, 11:41 AM
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Correct @yticolev .
For weight reduction, hood and hatch are aluminum. Most structural components are high tensile steel, also for weight reduction and why they removed motorized hatch lift and pano roof.
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Also brake calipers are made of cast aluminum.


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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-18-2018, 02:30 PM
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Well, that's a plus. I've seen some serious corrosion on calipers.

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