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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 05-14-2019, 11:35 PM Thread Starter
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niro EV trailer hitch

is there a trailer hitch receiver available for the kia niro EV? is the rear of chassis, where a trailer hitch would mount the same on a normal niro, different than on the EV?
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None of the Niro models are approved for towing. If you ever have a warranty claim that will be an issue, especially drivetrain related claims.
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i just want to mount my bike rack. and be able to take it on and off.
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Curt Class III hitch for PHEV

I have a 2018 Niro PHEV. It appears to be the same as my neighbor's 2019 PHEV. I mounted a Curt Class III hitch for a bike rack. There is a problem in that there is a piece welded to the frame on the passenger side which interferes with the hitch. The solution is to notch the vertical plate on the hitch so it fits around it. It can be done with a hacksaw blade on sawmill or cutting blade on grinder, a very simple modification of the hitch. It does not appear to affect the strength of the hitch, which is secured by 6 bolts. There is a small plastic piece under the car that needs to be trimmed too. I know the Curt works well and it easy to install. etrailer.com has some videos for the Curt hitch (perhaps for earlier model Niros or non-PHEV) which are 95% accurate (except for the notching). Of course none of this might apply to the EV. Robert
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Good deal of INFO has been posted time back (Hybrid NIRO) about trailer hitches.

They are not rated to tow I did call Customer Service and reported the results of that on a post at that time).

Seems the answer about warranty was - having a trailer hitch would not void warranty (unless there was evidence of too much load on the vehicle). Sort of a vague answer.

Anyway, I did not mount one on my 2017 EX Hybrid. How would you convince them if they wanted and out that you only mounted bicycles or a light load?


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well i bought a curt class III receiver hitch for my niro EV. it fit pretty good. there were two studs on the chassis for the under panel in the rear, that had to be removed. and had to trim panel to fit around hitch. the curt hitch had to be ground away at one of the bolt holes a little bit. otherwise it was an easy fit.
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I have a 2018 Niro PHEV. It appears to be the same as my neighbor's 2019 PHEV. I mounted a Curt Class III hitch for a bike rack. There is a problem in that there is a piece welded to the frame on the passenger side which interferes with the hitch. The solution is to notch the vertical plate on the hitch so it fits around it. It can be done with a hacksaw blade on sawmill or cutting blade on grinder, a very simple modification of the hitch. It does not appear to affect the strength of the hitch, which is secured by 6 bolts. There is a small plastic piece under the car that needs to be trimmed too. I know the Curt works well and it easy to install. etrailer.com has some videos for the Curt hitch (perhaps for earlier model Niros or non-PHEV) which are 95% accurate (except for the notching). Of course none of this might apply to the EV. Robert
I just bought a 2019 Niro Plugin and was told by my local trucksmart that there is no hitch for it, what is the part number you ordered and what all did you have to do to get it to fit?
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i just want to mount my bike rack. and be able to take it on and off.
Roof rack would probably be cheaper than the hitch + install. $260 for the rack from KIA.

Doro is right, the manual explicitly states towing is not recommended thus, you really tempt fate installing a hitch even just for a bike rack.


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I’m happy to report that the shop “Rack Attack” in Vancouver BC was able to order and install the Curt 13329 on our 2019 Niro EV. It took them longer than expected, having to enlarge / grind the holes on the hitch, and they completely removed the plastic mud guard. The install looks beautiful overall. 2” receiver! See pictures attached.

Thanks to those above who posted that it can be done on the Niro EV. It helped to know that it is possible.
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Nice

So, the shop just removed the mud guard, and made some little mods to the hitch itself, nothing else was done to the NIRO-EV?

I'm planning on doing this to my EV as well, so I'm just making sure of what is involved.

If you can take a few more pictures, I want to compare to my own car before the mod and after as well.

Thanks, I'm looking forward to having a hitch for a bike rack rather than putting them on the roof!

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