Redesigned Kia Niro debuts in South Korea

The second-generation Kia Niro made its debut in South Korea to much fanfare. Kia is offering the vehicle as a hybrid, plug-in hybrid and a fully electric option.

Kia went back to its Habaniro concept for inspiration with this car. The second-generation vehicle looks more like a crossover than its predecessor and indeed looks like a complete remodel.

The vehicle’s front was overhauled with a new interpretation of the Kia ‘Tiger Nose’ face, and larger headlights that contain ‘heartbeat’ LED running lights. In addition, the grille is slightly smaller and contains a charging port.

The side of the car also got an overhaul with a glossy black body cladding from the front wheels to almost the rear wheels and thick C-pillar. In addition, the rear hatch features a new spoiler.

The vehicle’s interior is very close to the EV6 crossover and the newest edition of the Kia Sportage. It looks bright, sleek and modern.

Plus, Kia went the extra mile and included eco-friendly materials such as recycled paper and water-free paint.

Kia did not provide any powertrain or pricing details, nor did they estimate the EV model’s range.

However, the new Kia Niro will go on sale in 2022 and should start between around $30,000 USD.

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