Kia has revealed the all-new version of its Niro, the crossover model that, in electric form, has helped fuel the brand’s rise in the corporate sector.
The new model will come to the UK next year, with Kia confirming electric, plug-in hybrid and hybrid versions, although further powertrain details and specification will follow in 2022.
The two-tone body and exterior design are a development of the 2019 Habaniro concept car, and the new “heartbeat” daytime running light signature debuts on the Niro.
Kia’s stated commitment to sustainability is backed up by the new model featuring recycled materials in the cabin, including the headlining made from recycled wallpaper and water-based paint that’s free of pollutants benzene, toluene and xylene.
“Kia continues to take steps towards a more sustainable future, inviting everyone to join the movement into the new mobility era,” said Kia president and CEO Ho Sung Song. “The all-new Kia Niro makes it simple to practice a sustainable lifestyle with its eco-friendly materials, advanced technology and electric powertrains while it also fulfills the practical needs of customers.”
Kia said the off-centre dash curving around the front occupants with its opposing horizontal and vertical lines create a “calming, yet irregular aesthetic”, and ambient mood lighting is also present. According to the brand, the slim, contemporary seats enhance roominess, comfort and style thanks to their lightweight mechanisms, while the slim headrest design, which incorporates a coat hanger, helps increase the feeling of cabin space.
For the first time in a Kia, the plug-in hybrid version will automatically switch into electric mode when entering a low emissions zone, based on navigation cues and driving history. It will also log favourite places, such as home or workplace, and switch to EV mode in those areas.
The Niro has been a big sales success for Kia, mainly in electric form where, despite newer EVs arriving to market, it still sits in the top six for electric vehicle sales across Europe for the first nine months of 2021.