2023 Kia Niro revealed, expected in Australia in 2022


Meet the new Kia Niro, blending concept-inspired looks and two interior screens with a choice of hybrid, plug-in hybrid or electric power.

The Kia Niro 2023 was revealed, ahead of its expected Australian launch start of the second half of 2022.

While the first-generation Niro has been on sale in Australia for less than 12 months, around five years have passed since its launch in Europe and the United States, making it ideal for replacement – and like its predecessor, the Kia’s new SUV will continue to offer hybrid, plug-in hybrid and all-electric options.

The styling of the new Niro is inspired by the Habaniro concept of 2019, with a unique interpretation of Kia’s “tiger nose” grille, a distinctive front LED light signature (with “heartbeat” daytime running lights) and a Robust lower skid plate (on hybrid models) all showing in the front.

Towards the rear, vertical LED tail lights are found on either side of the minimalist tailgate. Buyers can opt for a two-tone paint scheme, which, instead of a contrasting roof, sees the rear pillar finished in one of the contrasting hues (including gray and red).

Electric models add a charging port between the upper and lower front grilles, as well as a redesigned lower bumper design.

Inside, the Niro adopts a layout similar to Kia’s larger EV6 and Sportage SUV, with a pair of approximately 12-inch screens (for infotainment functions and driver’s instruments) combined into a single curved panel.

It is joined by other cabin highlights, including a two-spoke steering wheel, electronic rotary gear selector, touch-sensitive climate control panel, ambient lighting and a Greenzone drive mode that locks the transmission off. the car in all-electric mode when it is in a designated “green zone”.

The seats – which launch a new mechanism up front, with integrated hangers and slim headrests – are trimmed in organic PU material with Tencel from eucalyptus plants. A new durable water-based paint is used on the door panels.

Details of the powertrains have yet to be announced, although Kia has confirmed that self-charging hybrid, plug-in hybrid and all-electric powertrains will be available – with all three scheduled for launch in Australia.

Rumors suggest offerings similar to today’s car, which features a mix of a 1.6-liter gasoline engine and an electric motor in hybrid and plug-in hybrid variants (both developing 104 kW / 265 Nm), before switching to an electric motor of 150 kW / 395 Nm and 64 kWh. lithium-ion battery in the electric model.

The Kia Niro 2023 will go on sale in Australia early in the second half of 2022 (third quarter), with a launch before the end of September looking likely. Stay tuned Drive for more details in the run-up to the launch of the Niro.

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Alex Misoyannis

Alex Misoyannis has been writing about cars since 2017, when he launched his own website, Redline. He contributed to Drive in 2018, before joining CarAdvice in 2019, becoming a regular journalist on the press team in 2020. Cars have played a central role throughout Alex’s life, from flipping through automotive magazines from an early age, to grow around performance. vehicles in a family that loves cars.

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