Kia Niro: upgraded hybrid and plug-in hybrid to debut at Geneva

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Author: | Updated: 28 Feb 2019 01:00

The Niro has been a big success for Kia since its launch in 2016, ranking as Kia’s fifth best-selling model in Europe in 2018.

With the release of the game-changing all-electric e-Niro earlier this year, the hybrid variants are getting a mid-life update to keep in line with the design language of the EV.

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Combining crossover practicality with ultra-low hybrid emissions, the Niro range has been enhanced for 2019 with a new exterior design and a more upscale, high-quality interior. They also feature Kia’s advanced new Uvo Connect telematics system, which brings additional connected functionality to the car.

On the outside, the new Niro features the same front and rear bumpers as the e-Niro, daytime running lights, as well as 16in and 18in alloy wheel designs and a host of new colours.

Step inside and the real changes become apparent. Kia has upgraded the rather cheap interior of the outgoing model with soft-touch materials while the manual handbrake has been replaced with an electronic one.

The car is fitted with an 8in touchscreen infotainment system and 4.2in instrument binnacle as standard. These can be upgraded to a 10.25in touchscreen and a 7in Supervision display respectively.

Kia Niro PHEV rear

The Uvo Connect telematics system offers further functionality, with live traffic information, fuel pricing and charging station information up to date and available via its always-connected offering.

The upgraded Niro range also sees the introduction of a series of new safety technologies including Smart Cruise Control with Stop & Go. This follows the preceding vehicle, and can now bring the Niro to a stop if traffic slows to a halt, bringing the car back up to speed as the car in front moves off.

Lane Following Assist, is also available for the first time on Niro Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid models, following its introduction on the electric e-Niro.

Both hybrid and PHEV Niro models are powered by a 1.6-litre petrol engine, paired with a 1.56kWh battery pack in the hybrid and an 8.9kWh pack in the plug-in hybrid. The PHEV offers pure electric city-driving range of up to 40 miles.

“The Niro has become a key growth driver for Kia in Europe, and is a cornerstone of our electrified product strategy." said Emilio Herrera, Kia Europe CEO.

Expect pricing and a release date to be revealed when the updated range is shown off at the Geneva Motor Show.

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