Many a debut has been made in New York over the years. Add the 2023 Kia Niro to the list.
It’s “all-new” in Kia-speak, though at this juncture we don’t know if it’s a redesign or a refresh. We’re guessing the former, based on the marketing speak.
The next Niro will debut tomorrow at the 2022 New York International Auto Show. The Niro takes many of the design cues that were first seen on the Habaniro concept. This includes a unique panel on the C-pillar that is meant to improve aerodynamics.
As you no doubt know, the Niro is an electrified little crossover that comes in three versions: hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and battery-electric. It has been in production since 2016.
Kia, like other OEMs, is on working on the march towards more electrification. The Niro has already been part of that strategy, so it makes sense that the brand is updating it, even if it’s not as sexy as say, the EV6.
Other carryover bits from the concept include the LED headlights and high-mounted taillights. Kia says the cabin will offer plenty of tech and advanced-driving assist features, plus “generous” cargo capacity.
The wraps come off at 10:10 Eastern time.
The Niro will be offered in hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and EV versions, with the hybrid model likely slated to use a 1.6-liter four-cylinder paired with a six-speed, dual-clutch automatic and an electric motor.
The EV version of the Niro is expected to feature a 64.8-kWh battery pack powering a 201-hp motor.[Images: Kia]
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