Kia has provided information on its next generation Niro, telling us that it demonstrates the
company’s rapid progress in becoming a global sustainable mobility solutions provider.

Based on the third-generation platform, the new Niro benefits from a larger body to provide
more interior space and storage capacity.

As is common in almost all new models the Niro’s dimensions have grown over its
predecessor, with a length measuring 4,420mm, a width of 1,825mm, a height of
1,545mm, and a wheelbase of 2,720mm.

It will be offered in several electrified powertrains with hybrid electric, plug-in hybrid and
battery electric options.

The Niro’s front-end has the latest evolution of Kia’s signature Tiger Face, which extends
from the bonnet to the fender below. It will have what Kia says are striking ‘heartbeat’
daytime running lights and a bold skid plate and cladding serve to enhance the vehicle’s
rugged character.

The boomerang-shaped C-Pillars with the LED taillights are designed to give it a sporty

All-new Kia Niro will have a high-tech 10.25-inch panoramic high-definition digital display
screen that integrates the instrument cluster and infotainment features. The system has
been designed to be easy to use with sharp graphics and an intuitive layout.

Below the centre screen is an integrated infotainment and climate control system that
provide access to important controls without the need to scroll through multiple menus.

Many recycled materials are used inside the cabin. The headlining is made from recycled
wallpaper, the seats are made from Bio PU with Tencel from eucalyptus leaves.

The all-new Niro will be launched with three electrified powertrains: hybrid electric, plug-in
hybrid and battery electric.

The HEV features Kia’s is powered by a 1.6-litre petrol engine, with 77kW and 144 Nm.
When combined with the 32kW permanent magnet synchronous electric motor, the HEV
model produces a combined maximum power output of 104kW.

It will drive the front wheels through a second-generation six-speed dual-clutch automatic
that has been optimised to increase efficiency and reduce weight.

Kia’s regenerative braking system enables drivers to choose from a series of regeneration
levels to easily slow the car and recuperate kinetic energy to maximise driving range.
Cleverly, the system can calculate the amount of regeneration required using radar and
road gradient information.

The second-generation Niro includes a full complement of Kia’s DriveWise intelligent
Advanced Driver Assistance Systems that are designed to avoid potential hazards and
improve confidence and convenience behind the wheel.

Due for global market launch later this year, more information on the all-new Niro will be
made available in due course.

Kia advises: “All data contained in this press release is subject to change, and certain tech
features are available in specific markets only. Product details for each market will be
confirmed closer to start of sale.”

About Ewan Kennedy

Ewan Kennedy, a long-time car enthusiast, was Technical Research Librarian with the NRMA from 1970 until 1985. He worked part-time as a freelance motoring journalist from 1977 until 1985, when he took a full-time position as Technical Editor with Modern Motor magazine. Late in 1987 he left to set up a full-time business as a freelance motoring journalist. Ewan is an associate member of the Society of Automotive Engineers - International. An economy driving expert, he set the Guinness World Record for the greatest distance travelled in a standard road vehicle on a single fuel fill. He lists his hobbies as stage acting, travelling, boating and reading.
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