Kia has unveiled the look of the second generation of its Niro SUV. Inspired by a concept from 2019, it is much sexier.
Who does not know Kia’s Niro, a compact SUV whose advertising deliberately mocks its name by inviting actor Robert De Niro? The very popular car (more than 500,000 sales according to figures from L’Argus), will receive a nice aesthetic evolution in its second generation, presented in a press release published on November 25 on the occasion of the Seoul Mobility Show.
The Kia Niro II will be much sexier than its predecessor, so there is nothing extravagant about the look. Apart from the proportions, the engineers have reworked everything to offer a much more modern look to the SUV, inspired by the Habaniro concept dating from 2019. Two-tone dress, more feline muzzle (compared to a tiger), light signature on the aggressive rear in the shape of a boomerang … The SUV compact the daddy will no longer go unnoticed.
A sexier SUV from Niro, still available in three engines
The revolution continues in the passenger compartment, mostly assembled using recycled or more environmentally friendly materials. Inside, it is the layout of the dashboard that is obvious: we discover two screens as if linked from a single block, giving the impression of a huge display surface (like the Kia EV6). As on the Peugeot, the panel dedicated to infotainment seems to be turned towards the driver, then nestled in a real cockpit. Another evolution: the gear lever gives way to a simple dial, which gives a more refined style to the Niro II.
The Korean manufacturer has not given any details on the technical characteristics of the SUV, other than that it will always rely on a 100% electrified range with three versions (hybrid, plug-in hybrid and 100% electric). Today, the e-Niro offers up to 455 kilometers of range on a single charge. The plug-in hybrid variant is satisfied with 58 kilometers in 100% electric mode. Kia still evokes a Greenzone Drive Mode, thought to automatically switch to electric drive in certain areas (a technology already used at BMW).
The marketing of the new Niro is expected for next year, at unknown prices. The price of a first-generation e-Niro starts at € 37,100, excluding the ecological bonus.