The new Niro has been revealed, sporting contemporary appears to be like in and out.
The new Kia Niro has been revealed on the Seoul Mobility Show, bringing new appears to be like and an up to date inside.
Proportions are roughly similar to the outgoing mannequin however the similarities finish there, as the brand new Niro has styling cues taken from the latest Sportage, with low-slung headlights, angular entrance fascia, and jagged LED daytime working lights.
It’s additionally very near the 2019 Habaniro Concept, which was solely billed as exhibiting “nothing other than the versatility and inventiveness of the Korean marque’s Californian design studio”. Evidently, it made a little bit of an impression at Kia HQ.
There is plastic cladding stretching from the entrance bumper alongside the profile to the rear door, with extra following the curve of the rear wheel arch. Long, boomerang-shaped taillights run proper as much as the roof are seen from the aspect as nicely, as a part of an outsized C-pillar, with extra lights dotting the corners of the rear bumper.
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That huge rear pillar is stable, and achieved for higher aerodynamics, Kia says. It appears to be like somewhat like the blade on an Audi R8, really…
Inside is an enormous step up from the outdated mannequin, with numerous sustainable supplies masking the cabin. Recycled wallpaper is used in the headlining, the seats are created from bio-based polyurethane and Tencel sourced from eucalyptus leaves, and a water-based paint free from polluting benzene, toluene, and xylene isomers is used on the door panels.
The cabin itself is completely redesigned, with an off-centre sprint consisting of two digital screens, one behind the two-spoke steering wheel, and a brand new rotary gear selector. Kia calls the aesthetic “calming yet irregular.”
Kia isn’t going into element for the powertrains simply but, however we might count on hybrid, plug-in hybrid and fully electric variants to all launch at some stage, contemplating that’s what the present Niro provides. Plus, the quantity plates seen above verify an EV and HEV, so a PHEV is all however a given.
The Korean model additionally confirmed a brand new ‘Greenzone Drive Mode’, which mechanically shifts electrified autos into electric-only mode in sure areas, akin to residential areas, or close by faculties and hospitals.
It additionally recognises a driver’s favorite locations, together with residence and workplace registered in the navigation system as a inexperienced zone.
We ought to get extra data on the brand new Niro earlier than its launch in 2022.
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