The next Kia Niro was revealed with a radical design

Since its arrival on the market in 2017, the reputation of the Kia Niro compact hatchback has only grown in the right direction. Its only shortcoming is its generic and bland style, which detracts from the appeal in the showroom and the excitement of the user experience.

However, the next generation of Kia’s electrified small two-volume makes up for that lack. To break all visual ties with his first generation, the new Kia Niro, which has just been unveiled at the 2021 Seoul Mobility Show, puts aside the generic spirit of its predecessor and replaces it with a radical look, which will please some and repel others, but which will be difficult to remain indifferent. .

This modification did not happen in a vacuum. The new Kia Niro replicates on a smaller scale the design of the new 2022 Sportage, in which the change was less radical, since the vehicle it replaces also had an individualistic, successful and very striking appearance. However, the vast majority of their lines are derived from Kia HabaNiro electric concept, unveiled at the 2019 New York Auto Show, from which it inherited its striking led daytime running light eyebrows, while the contrasting colored rear pillar has strong echoes of the first Audi R8. The new Niro HEV’s two-tone alloy wheels, with their Y-spoke design, are also derived from the concept, as are its rearward-curved boomerang taillights.

The interior was also completely redesigned in a minimalist style, reminding us that luxury lies both in the use of expensive materials, apparently scarce in the new Niro, and in an elegant design and devoid of excesses that the new Niro has to spare. Its dashboard and controls, with an emphasis on horizontality, uses a landscape mode screen that houses both the instrument panel and the infotainment system, and other supplemental controls; It is similar to what we find in the new Sportage.

The gear lever on the previous Niro was replaced by a rotary knob in order to free up space in the center console, so it could be surrounded by additional physical buttons for the seat heating and ventilation systems, the steering wheel heating, the automatic vehicle stop function and parking assist system.

In keeping with the eco-friendly spirit of the Niro, Kia told us that the door panels on the new model are painted with BTX, which is a type of water-based paint with no benzene, toluene or xylene isomers. Its headliner covering is made with recycled wallpaper, and its bio-polyurethane seats are upholstered in Tencel fabric made from eucalyptus leaf fibers.

Kia saved all the technical specifications of the second generation of the Niro for its official launch in 2022, but we hope that like the model it will replace it will have regular hybrid, plug-in hybrid and all-electric versions.

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