Three electrified versions will be offered: Hybrid, plug-in hybrid (PHEV), and all-electric.
Styling is based on the “Opposites United” design philosophy.
Sales begin this fall.
The Kia Niro has gone from a timid, efficient small crossover to an extremely bold, efficient, and larger utility vehicle. Despite the increase in size, the new Niro remains an extremely urban-savvy CUV capable of fulfilling the expectations of eco-minded consumers.
Styling-wise, the new 2023 Niro borrows heavily from Kia’s “Opposites United” philosophy that combines nature-sourced inspiration with aerodynamic refinement. Sleek and highlighted by the included signature tiger-nose grille and rear boomerang-shaped LED taillights, the new Niro certainly is original.
Physically, the 2023 Niro has grown considerably. The wheelbase now measures 107.1 inches while the CUV’s overall length increases to 174 inches. One of the major improvements is found in the cargo area. Its capacity, behind the rear seats, is now 22.8 cubic feet, or nearly 647 litres.
On the topic of the cabin, it has now completely entered the 21st Century. The dashboard, inspired by the EV6, is far more upscale and is composed of animal-free textiles, including the premium seating surfaces. Interior technology features will include an available panoramic, dual 10.25-inch screens, state-of-the-art connectivity, and an eight-speaker Harman/Kardon premium sound system.
“Kia’s electrified vehicle momentum continues with the launch of the all-new second-generation Niro, which offers more refinement, versatility, connectivity, and technology than ever,” said Steven Center, COO & EVP, Kia America. “The 2023 Niro was designed for today’s needs and for sustainable future mobility.”
The 2023 Kia Niro will be available in three electrified versions.
The first is the hybrid. It features a 1.6-litre four-cylinder engine mated to a 32kW electric motor. The total combined output is rated at 139 horsepower and 195 lb.-ft. of torque.
The next one is the plug-in hybrid. It starts out with the same 1.6-litre four-cylinder engine however it is paired to a 62kW electric motor. The total system output is 180 horsepower and 195 lb.-ft. of torque. The included 11.1-kWh lithium-ion polymer battery delivers an estimated 33 miles (approximately 53 km) of range. This represents a 25% improvement over the model it replaces.
The final iteration is the full EV. It combines a 64.8 kWh battery and a 150kW (201-horsepower) motor with DC fast-charging capability. The targeted estimated range is 253 miles or approximately 407 km. When plugged into a Level 3 fast charger (max 85 kW capability), the Niro EV’s SoC will go from 10 to 80% in under 45 minutes.
The 2023 Kia Niro goes on sale this fall.