Kia unveiled the global model late last year.
The redesigned Kia Niro for 2023 is a significant design departure from the previous model. Inside and exterior, the radically styled crossover stands out, but it can’t avoid Kia’s varied introduction timetable. The business released the global version late last year, but the US model will premiere on April 13 at this year’s New York Auto Show.
Kia did not specify how the US Niro would differ from the worldwide model, although we expect minimal changes. The muscular, contrasting rear pillar and extended taillights of the company’s crazy HabaNiro concept are carried over to the new Niro. The crossover tones down the front-end styling, though the crossover does receive unique cladding along the front sides that doesn’t extend entirely around the vehicle.
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The new Niro will arrive with three powertrain configurations – a hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and battery-electric. When Kia first launched the global model, it didn’t release any powertrain figures. Those came later, and this is where the US version might differ.
The Niro hybrid sports a 139-horsepower (103-kilowatt) 1.6-liter engine and electric motor setup. The engine pairs with a six-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox. The Niro plug-in hybrid uses the same 1.6-liter gasoline engine, but it receives a more potent 62-kilowatt electric motor. The hybrid uses a 32-kW setup. The PHEV pumps out 180 hp (134 kW).
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The all-electric Niro EV packs the most punch with 201 hp (149 kW) and 188 pound-feet (255 Newton-meters) of torque on tap. The powertrain can launch the car to 62 miles per hour (100 kilometers per hour) in 7.8 seconds. Power comes from a 64.8-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion polymer battery pack. A full charge can send the EV 287 miles (463 kilometers) on the WLTP cycle. Don’t expect that rating in the US.
We don’t expect the new Niro’s interior to change much for the US market, which got a major revamp over the previous-generation model. It features Kia’s side-by-side screens on the dash and various buttons for the vehicle’s most-used functions.
We’ll get all the details in a few weeks once Kia pulls the covers off it in New York. Kia will reveal all three variants at the show, which could go on sale before the end of the year. We expect the new Niro to arrive as a 2023 model in the US.