2023 Kia Niro
With a range of powertrains on offer, there’s a new Niro for everyone nowby Khris Bharath, on
The 2023 Kia Niro made its U.S. debut and was showcased at the 2022 New York International Auto Show. The SUV/wagon combo has been considerably overhauled and will now be offered in three electric-drive variants.
2023 Kia Niro
Horsepower @ RPM:139
Torque @ RPM:195
After the Ceed, the Niro is next in line to go under the knife amongst a slew of upcoming models and updates from the Korean Automaker. The key to the success of this compact five-door model will be its under-the-hood adaptability. The three powertrains on offer include a standard hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and an all-electric variant.
The Niro 2023 sports an all-new exterior design. The ’Tiger Face,’ which appears on all Kia cars, has been expanded and stretched over the hood. The form of the LED daytime running lights, which mimic a pulse, is an interesting feature. The parallel lines make the design feel more tranquil and lively than before.
The dual-tone aesthetic does remind me of the smart-for-four from the 2000s.
The hefty C-pillars on the side are quite prominent and they appear to protrude from the contours of the rear wheel arches. Air deflector louvers are built into the profile and integrated into the boomerang-shaped rear lights. These elements don’t just promote airflow, but they also emphasize the lower section of the doors. The rear window beneath the roof spoiler has now been made sportier and smaller.
The interior design of the Niro is inspired by features of Kia’s EV6, giving a technologically advanced atmosphere regardless of the configuration. Two 10.25-inch panoramic screens surround the occupants on the off-center dashboard.
The Niro, like many new cars, is a connected car and is online, like so many new EVs on the market today.
There are numerous recycled materials. The headlining is made from recycled paper fibers, while the seats are made out of eucalyptus leaf fibers. The new platform and 2.72-meter-long wheelbase provide more space and a sense of spaciousness for occupants, particularly rear passengers. With a capacity of up to 22.81 cubic feet, the cabin provides greater space.
The Kia Niro, like the first-generation model, is available in hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and all-electric variants. All of the vehicles are front-wheel drive. The hybrid uses the same powertrain as its predecessor, with a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine and a 32-kW permanent magnet electric motor.
As a result, the highest output is 139 horsepower, and 195 pound-feet of torque. The plug-in hybrid variant combines a four-cylinder engine with a new 62-kW electric motor to provide 180 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque. The lithium-ion battery that the motor is paired to, has a capacity of 11.1 kWh and a range of 33 miles, which is an improvement of seven miles over the current model.
Coming to the all-electric Niro, it is powered by the same motor as before, but the range has now gone up from the previous model’s 240 miles to 252 miles, all thanks to weight savings.
At an additional expense, the Niro can be ordered with a preheat system, which enables faster power delivery for charging at lower temperatures.
The electric Niro’s 64.8 kWh battery can recover 80-percent of its charge in 45 minutes when attached to a Level 3 connection, and seven hours when connected to a Level 2 port, due to the built-in 11 kW charger.
Kia intends to introduce 14 new electrified vehicles over the next five years. While the Korean automaker is promoting EVs, it is also updating older models like the Niro. The redesign of the Niro for 2023 will go on sale in June this year, followed by the electric variant to follow in July. Pricing is yet to be announced, but expect a price bump over the current model’s $25,000 starting price and the Niro EV also qualifies for the $7,500 federal tax credit.