Kia Niro 2022: Crossover gets a fresh face
Kia has taken the covers off the all-new Kia Niro compact crossover. Taking styling inspiration from the brand’s larger models, it’ll be available with hybrid and fully electric drivetrains.
Set to launch in the UK from 2022, here’s everything you need to know.
Kia Niro styling
The exterior is certainly a fresh breakaway from the current model’s styling, with the new model taking direct inspiration from the brand’s latest and greatest SUVs including the new Sportage and Sorento.
The front gets a bold new look, with a fresh set of headlights and a lighting bar that runs the width of the car across the brand’s trademark “tiger-face” grille. Changes are even more drastic round the back, where you’ll find boomerang-style tail lights span the edge of the vehicle.
The sides are set of by chunky black plastic cladding, giving the car a much more rugged appeal than the outgoing model manages. It’s set to take on cars like the Nissan Juke and, on the styling front at least, it really pulls this off.
Kia Niro interior and tech
The interior is also radically different from the current car, with the most obvious change being the high-tech driver display which seamlessly joins up with the touchscreen infotainment interface – it’s not dissimilar from the premium EV6 EV.
And it’s not a pricey option either – this style of display and instrument binnacle will be standard across the range.
Kia has also pointed out that there’s a new gearshift control in the form of a dial in the central console, while mood lighting and the front seat design have also bee changed. Lots of recycled and sustainable materials have been used too.
Kia Niro drivetrains
Just like the current model, you’ll be able to specify the Niro as a hybrid, plug-in hybrid or fully electric car. The former two will feature an improved variation of the 1.6-litre petrol motor currently used.
The specs are to be confirmed, but we reckon the electric variant will also be a development of the current model, meaning it’ll get a 64kWh battery to provide pokey acceleration and a range of more than 250 miles.
Kia Niro release date and leasing plans
Full specs and a timeline for a UK launch are set to be laid out in the coming months, so we’ll bring you more news as soon as it’s available.
In the meantime, you can check out and compare the attractive rates on the current Niro – the current model is a popular car amongst leasing customers, and we’re sure that’ll continue for a while yet.