Market launch and price: The new edition will be available from June
Design: New stainless steel with more corners and edges
Dimensions: The SUV is growing in all directions
The new generation is making gains in all directions. The new Niro is 65 millimeters longer, 20 millimeters wider, ten millimeters higher and has a wheelbase that is 20 millimeters longer. The luggage compartments are different for the three engine variants and range from 398 liters (PHEV) to 451 liters (hybrid) and 475 liters (Niro EV). The purely electric version also has a 20 liter frunk for charging utensils. The dimensions at a glance:
• Length: 4420mm
• Width: 1825mm
• Height: 1545mm
• Wheelbase: 2720mm
• Trunk (Niro EV): 475 liters / 1392 liters
Interior: Niro shines with good space in front and behind
The new seats are not only slimmer, the backrests of the two front seats are also equipped with coat hangers, storage pockets and USB-C ports. There is also a special relaxation seat for the front passenger, which can be moved into a comfortable reclining position at the push of a button. Various recycled materials are used in the interior. The headlining is made from reclaimed wallpaper and feels like papier-mâché. The seat covers are made from organic synthetic leather and processed eucalyptus leaves. The paint on the door panels does not contain so-called BTX aromatics, which are certain environmentally harmful solvents.
Equipment: Kia will offer more assistants for the Niro in the future
The range of assistance systems has been expanded for the new generation. The front collision warning with braking intervention no longer only recognizes vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists in front of the car, but also cross traffic. Example of turning left: If the turn signal is activated, the Niro warns of oncoming vehicles and brakes if necessary. The system reacts in the same way if there is a risk of an accident with cars approaching from the side when crossing intersections. An intelligent speed assistant displays speed limits and can automatically transfer them to the cruise control system. In narrow perpendicular parking spaces and garages, the car drives itself by remote control with the remote parking assistant. An exit assistant, a highway assistant and an active blind spot assistant with steering and braking intervention have also been added.
Drives: The plug-in hybrid
Like the predecessor, Kia will not only offer the new generation as a fully electric e-Niro, but also with a hybrid drive – as a full hybrid and plug-in hybrid. The performance of the full hybrid remains the same in the new generation: the 1.6-liter four-cylinder with 77 kW (105 hp) is supported by a 32 kW electric motor, together they both generate 104 kW (141 hp). However, Kia has announced that the revised combustion engine is now more economical and the hybrid should now accelerate a little faster.
Thanks to the more powerful electric motor, the plug-in hybrid has 183 hp
A little more range for the all-electric e-Niro
Apparently, the all-electric e-Niro is only available in the more powerful version. The power remains at 150 kW (204 hp) same. The battery is now slightly larger at 64.8 kWh, compared to a smooth 64 kWh in the predecessor, and the range also increases slightly. The e-Niro now manages 463 kilometers with a fully charged battery and is therefore eight kilometers further than its predecessor. On a fast charger, it takes 45 minutes to fill the battery from 10 to 80 percent. In addition, battery preconditioning is now standard in the Niro EV.