after gettingThe second generation Kia Niro made its debut in Seoul, South Korea on Wednesday. Like the outgoing model, it will be available in hybrid, plug-in hybrid and fully electric variants, but the new Niro has a more emphasis on styling.
The overall design was inspired by the Habanero concept from 2019, and has a more crossover look than the first generation Niro. It features a new interpretation of Kia’s ‘tiger nose’ face, with thinner trim pieces across the width of the front end. The larger headlight units have ‘Heartbeat’ LED running lights, and the bumper has a larger mouth-like grille and lower skid plate element. The EV gets a slightly smaller grille, center-mounted charging port and unique detailing.
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Moving to Side View is where things start to get weird – in a good way, I guess. The glossy black body cladding around the front wheels extends almost to the rear wheels, and the entire thick C-pillar has been finished in gloss black to give the car a two-tone look. Thin vertical LED taillights extend all the way up to the ceiling and are augmented by lightweight pods in the rear bumper that are likely to house turn signals and reverse lights. The rear hatch is quite raked and gets a big spoiler, while the tailgate gets some decent surfacing. Overall I think the new Niro looks like hell, and it fits in well with Kia’s design language while remaining distinctive.
the interior is very reminiscentAnd the new Sportage. The digital gauge cluster and central infotainment screen are combined into one large display, and the angular-shaped dashboard flows over the door panels. A dial-shaped electronic shifter sits on the center console along with other controls, and there’s a mix of physical knobs and touch buttons for climate control. Cool ambient lighting is integrated into the dashboard, and I love the two-spoke steering wheel and slim air vents. Lots of eco-friendly materials are used inside, such as a headliner made from recycled wallpaper, seats with textiles made from eucalyptus leaves, and water-free paint on the door panels.
No powertrain details were given, but we wouldn’t be surprised if the hybrid and PHEV models share their setup with the Hyundai Tucson and, Expect a turbocharged 1.6-litre inline-4 paired with an electric motor, with the PHEV getting a bigger motor and battery pack for a longer EV range. The EV should also have a longer range than the current model’s 239-mile rating. The Nero PHEV in applicable countries will have a GreenZone drive mode that uses navigation data to automatically put the car in green zones such as hospitals, residential areas, and schools, and will also identify the driver’s preferred locations as green zones. Will remember
All three variants of the new Kia Niro will be available for sale next year, with US-spec details to come later. It should start between $25,000-30,000, which is slightly more than the outgoing Nero.