A popular KIA SUV has been entirely redesigned and is now available in Spain. We inform you of all you need to know about the Niro in order to properly appraise your purchase.
The KIA Niro’s second generation was unveiled lately, and its arrival in Spain is already planned. This model also has a slew of innovations and new engines, ensuring that it will quickly become a popular seller.
And it is that, as is customary with the South Korean brand’s recent model launches, the Niro receives a complete cosmetic makeover as well as significant mechanical and technology updates. That is why it has developed into one of the most coveted mid-size SUVs on the market, and we will explain why.
When will the new KIA Niro 2022 be available?
KIA will begin selling the second generation of the Niro at Spanish dealerships in July 2022, despite the fact that it can already be ordered and all data for a vehicle that was released for the first time in 2016 is available.
What engines is the KIA Niro equipped with?
The front end of the KIA Niro has been significantly modernized and updated.
The 2017 KIA Niro follows the precedent established by the previous generation by not offering gasoline or diesel engines. This implies that it will be offered only in hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and all-electric (e-Niro) configurations.
The hybrid variant is powered by a 1.6-liter GDi petrol engine that produces 105 horsepower and 147 Nm of maximum torque. This block is paired with a tiny electric motor rated at 32 kW (43.5 CV) and 170 Nm. Combining the two results in a total output of 141 CV and 265 Nm.
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In the case of the Niro PHEV (plug-in hybrid), the mechanical configuration comprises a 1.6-litre GDi petrol engine producing 105 horsepower and 147 Nm of maximum torque, which is supplemented by a 62 kW (84 Nm) electric motor. CV) and 203 Nm. Thus, the overall power output is 183 CV and 265 Nm, with a 65-kilometer range in electric mode.
To conclude, the e-Niro is the entirely electric version of this small SUV. It is powered by a 150 kW (204 horsepower) motor that delivers a maximum torque of 255 Nm. It has front-wheel drive and accelerates from 0 to 100 kilometers per hour in 7.8 seconds, with a peak speed of 167 kilometers per hour. Its lithium-ion battery has a capacity of 64.8 kWh and is predicted to have a range of 463 kilometers.
What is the price of the KIA Niro 2022?
The new Niro range’s entry-level model is the hybrid, which, like the rest of the range, will be offered in three finishes: Concept, Drive, and Emotion.
The first costs 30,200 euros without promotions or rebates, up to 37,600 euros for the plug-in hybrid, and up to 40,550 euros for the electric.
PRICES OF THE KIA NIRO 2022 IN SPAIN
Prices are valid as of April / 2022 and do not include discounts or other promotional offers.
KIA Niro 2022: dimensions
The Niro is based on the K platform developed by the Hyundai-KIA company and is larger than the previous version. This fully redesigned South Korean compact SUV now measures 4,420 meters in length, 1,825 meters in width, and 1,545 meters in height.
Additionally, the Niro has a 2,780-meter wheelbase and a minimum ground clearance of 160mm.
The inside of the KIA Niro 2022
The KIA Niro‘s interior has been entirely redesigned.
As with the appearance, the KIA Niro 2022’s inside has been totally redesigned. At first look, the two-spoke multifunction steering wheel and two huge 10.25-inch touchscreens are immediately noticeable.
Additionally, its great back seat space and a slightly bigger trunk than the previous Niro, which now measures 451 liters for the hybrid, 343 liters for the PHEV, and 475 liters for the electric.
The greatest KIA Niro and e-Niro alternatives
The Toyota C-HR, the Honda HR-V, and the Renault Captur are all small SUVs with hybrid and plug-in hybrid models similar to the Niro.
The Toyota is the most affordable of the bunch, with a starting price of 26,599 euros and a power range of 122 to 184 horsepower. The Renault Captur begins at 27,345 euros and is equipped with engines ranging from 145 to 160 horsepower. Additionally, the Honda HR-V is available starting at 31,098 euros with 131 hp.
The DFSK Series 3, the Citroen -C4, the Peugeot e-2008, and the MG ZS EV are all possible competitors for the KIA e-Niro.
The most affordable of them all is the last on the list, with a choice of engines ranging from 156 to 177 horsepower starting at 31,190 euros. The e-C4 starts at 35,945 euros with a single 136 hp mechanics, whereas the Series 3 starts at 35,075 euros with 163 CV mechanics. The starting price for the e-2008 with 136 CV is 37,380 euros.
The design of the second generation Niro is heavily influenced by the Habaniro study shown at the 2019 Next York Auto Show – no surprise, given that the concept vehicle already holds the name of the new SUV.
Naturally, their upward-opening gullwing doors are not produced in volume. Additionally, we do not observe the new model’s exceedingly tiny headlamp slots. However, the front light sources are reduced in size in comparison to the existing model.
The series vehicle incorporates the study’s highly visible LED daytime running lights. The front hood seems to be larger and extends deeper into the front fenders. The front of the electric version is highlighted by the centrally located charging flap, while the hybrid model has slightly bigger air intakes. Kia claims that the new Niro has a drag coefficient of 0.29.
C-pillar with contrasting colors à la Audi R8
From the side, the significantly longer rear doors are apparent. The new Niro will have reduced overhangs and a longer wheelbase – it now measures 2.70 meters. A visual standout feature is the color-contrasting C-pillar à la Audi R8, which we saw in the Habaniro research as well.
Also, there are plastic components on the wheel arches and sills that are meant to emphasize the new Niro’s SUV nature. With Niro number two, your coloration is determined by the equipment line picked. Additionally, the Koreans guarantee a high degree of customization.
While the roofline terminates in a large spoiler, the revised rear lights provide the SUV with a more coupé-like aspect. They are boomerang-shaped and stretch from the roof portion to just below the shoulder line. If you look carefully, you’ll see parallels to earlier Ford Focus versions.
By the way, the new Kia Niro is increasing in all directions in comparison to its predecessor. Particularly in length (by 6.5 centimeters to 4.42 meters). However, it also grows in width (1.83 meters), height (1.57 meters), and wheelbase by a few millimeters (2.72 meters). The drag coefficient is CW 0.29, and the wheels are 16 to 18 inches in diameter.
Two screens that have been combined
The Kia Habaniro had a large display that covered almost the whole of the vehicle’s width. The production version does not take this monitor game to its logical conclusion. It combines the instrument display and the central UVO Connect telematics system, both of which measure 10.25 inches, into a single device that spans the center console.
Two rotary knobs and a number of sensor buttons are situated underneath the touchscreen and are used to operate the infotainment system and the air conditioning. Ambient illumination goes beyond the displays, which may be customized in 74 color combinations.
Kia’s interior designers put the start/stop button, the gear ratio dial, and a few controls for driving modes, etc., in the center console. Kia wants to stress the use of sustainable and/or recycled materials on the inside, while the extended wheelbase and streamlined seats – with passenger-side reclining – give more passenger room.
Also, the backs of the front seats include coat racks, storage pockets, and USB-C outlets. The trunk capacity rises by 15 liters to 451 liters in the hybrid; a maximum of 1,445 liters is conceivable. The PHEV’s baggage capacity (348–1,342 liters) is somewhat less than the BEV’s (475–1,392 liters + 20 liters in the front trunk).
With 141 horsepower, this is a standard hybrid.
The forthcoming Niro is built on the K platform’s third generation. This allows Kia to provide both pure electric and hybrid drivetrains for the small SUV (with and without a plug). At the moment, the Koreans use the term “technical data” to refer to self-loading part-time electricians.
As with the discontinued model, a 1.6-liter gasoline engine and an electric motor are integrated into this hybrid system to produce 141 horsepower. A six-speed dual-clutch gearbox sends power to the front wheels. Its distinguishing characteristic is that it lacks reverse gear. When the Niro reverses, it does it solely using the electric motor.
As an innovation, the next Niro’s hybrid models have a “Greenzone Drive Mode”: The vehicles automatically transition to an entirely electric driving mode based on navigation data and battery charge level when they enter inner-city environmental zones and are approaching residential areas, schools, or hospitals. The new Kia Niro’s drivers may also define such zones themselves – for example, in their own neighborhood – and choose from a range of recovery levels.
PHEVs and BEVs have a greater range.
Due to the plug-more in’s powerful electric motor – 62 kW (84 hp) against 32 kW (44 hp) – it is somewhat more powerful than a conventional hybrid. It produces a total of 155 kW (183 horsepower) and can go up to 65 kilometers entirely on electricity.
Kia goes above and beyond to maximize its energy efficiency. The PHEV is equipped with a 5.5-kilowatt-hour high-voltage heater with self-regulating ceramic components that ensures a consistent flow of warm air without the need for electrical heating.
In terms of technical specifications, the fully electric version of the new Kia Niro is the top model. Its 150 kW (204 hp) electric motor produces a maximum torque of 255 Newton meters. However, the Niro EV is not very quick, with a top speed of 167 km/h and a zero-to-hundred time of 7.8 seconds.
Energy conservation is also emphasized here, and the range is quite remarkable: according to the WLTP standard, the 64.8-kilowatt hour lithium-ion polymer battery pack can go up to 463 kilometers. Direct current rapid charging is achievable in 43 minutes using the standard CCS connector (from ten to 80 percent of the battery capacity). The Niro EV, on the other hand, is capable of supplying energy to other devices.
The E version’s optical quirks
The Kia Niro electric model is distinguished from its hybrid brothers by a two-tone closed grille and distinct steel gray side panels. Also, it boasts a revised lower grille, revised bumpers, and model-specific 17-inch alloy wheels. The EV model’s charging port is located in the grille’s middle. The Kia Niro EV has a towing capability of 750 kilos; hybrid models may pull up to 1,300 kg.
The electronic safety package’s key function is the intelligent speed assistant, which uses information from the front camera and traffic sign recognition to modify the speed autonomously if required. The front collision warning system not only monitors what is immediately before the car but also applies the brakes if required while turning left or right.
Kia intends to provide several more help technologies, including a ten-inch head-up display and completely automated parking and parking. The same is true for a variety of connection and application services.
Available beginning in the summer of 2022
The new Kia Niro arrived in South Korea at the start of the year. His debut in Germany is scheduled for mid-2022; Kia has not yet confirmed if the electric version will be available immediately. The same is true for the pricing. The discontinued model is presently priced at 27,490 euros (hybrid), 34,190 euros (plug-in hybrid), or 38,290 euros (plug-in hybrid) (E-Niro).
Kia has unveiled the all-new Niro. The SUV receives a whole new, more edgy appearance, as well as a contemporary, pared-down interior with huge screens and sustainable materials. As with the predecessor, three drivetrains are available: hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and all-electric.
With the generation shift, the latter is dubbed “Niro EV.” Both hybrid variants will be available in June 2022, while the all-electric Niro (which will initially be offered exclusively in a 150 kW model) will arrive a month later in July 2022.
New stainless steel with additional corners and edges
The new edition’s look is unmistakably inspired by the Habaniro display vehicle that debuted in 2019. The redesigned Niro keeps the fundamental form of the present model but is much more angular. With its many parallel lines, the front seems more composed and assertive.
The headlights are quite unique in design. The daytime running lights are modeled by the human pulse curve, specifically the twisted “heartbeat” characteristic. Above it, high beam, low beam, and indicators are positioned. With a little ingenuity, the Niro shows the Kia-typical tiger snout grille as a design feature but avoids monotony by way of spectacular headlamp decorations.
The taillights look to be directly lifted from Kia’s Habaniro concept vehicle, which was shown at the 2019 New York Auto Show.
While the predecessor’s wheel arches and sills featured conventional SUV paneling, the new model’s wheel arches and lower parts of the doors are shielded from bumps and scratches. On the side, it is the brightly colored C-pillar that commands attention. Much more than a performance: The C-pillar is open, and the wind flows freely around it on all sides – similar to the Ford GT. Not to be outdone are the rear lights, which nestle close to the C-pillar, and the trunk lid, which has a sheet metal arch evocative of the Niro’s big brother, the Kia EV6.
SUV dimensions are expanding in all directions.
The next generation is making significant strides in every aspect. The redesigned Niro is 65 millimeters longer, 20 millimeters wider, 10 millimeters taller, and 20 millimeters broader at the wheelbase. The baggage compartments of the three engine versions vary in size, ranging from 398 liters (PHEV) to 451 liters (hybrid) and 475 liters (hybrid) (Niro EV). Additionally, the all-electric version has a 20-liter trunk for charging utensils. At a glance, the dimensions:
- • 4420 mm in length
- • 1825 mm in width
- • 1545 mm in height
- • 2720 mm wheelbase
- • Trunk (475 liters/1392 liters for the Niro EV)
Niro’s interior is a work of art, with enough room in front and behind.
The new Niro’s interior shines with excellent space conditions – both in front and behind, which must be stressed at this time. Because the Tracednews.com tester, despite its over two meters in length, fits comfortably in the rear seat.
Adults will find enough room in the back. You can sit comfortably here even if you are 1.95 meters tall.
The cockpit has a contemporary style that is evocative of the EV6 electric vehicle. Additionally, the Niro receives a new, continuous screen landscape. The speedometer and infotainment screens are located next to one another and are 10.25 inches in size. Additionally, there is a 10-inch head-up display.
The cabin has been overhauled entirely and is heavily inspired by the all-electric Kia EV6.
The steering wheel and so-called “Multi-Mode” control bar were likewise sourced straight from the brand’s sibling. The latter is comprised of two rotary controllers and a row of dual-purpose sensor buttons.
This can be used to operate both critical infotainment features and the air conditioning, which can be turned on and off with the touch of a finger. The middle console is similarly understated in style. Instead of the previous model’s cumbersome automated selection lever, a rotary wheel is now employed to choose the gears.
Passenger relaxation seat
Not only are the new seats smaller, but the backrests of the two front seats also have coat hooks, storage pockets, and USB-C outlets. Also, the front passenger has a unique relaxation seat that can be adjusted to a pleasant reclining position at the press of a button.
The inside has a variety of repurposed materials. The headliner is composed of recycled wallpaper and has the appearance of a paper-mâché. The seat coverings are crafted from organic synthetic leather and eucalyptus leaves that have been repurposed. The door panels’ paint is free of so-called BTX aromatics (environmentally harmful solvents).
Kia will provide more aides for the Niro in the future.
For the current generation, the variety of support systems has been enhanced. The forward-collision warning system with brake intervention now identifies not just cars, pedestrians, and bicycles directly in front of the vehicle, but also cross traffic. When the turn signal is enabled, the Niro informs the driver of incoming traffic and applies the brakes if required. The system behaves similarly if there is a possibility of an accident with automobiles coming from the side at junctions.
New helpers provide more security, but also increased comfort: The Niro may be programmed to autonomously park in tight spots if needed.
Speed limitations are shown on an intelligent speed assistant, which may instantly pass them to the cruise control system. The automobile drives itself in small perpendicular parking places and garages using the remote control and remote parking assistance. Additional features include exit assistance, a highway assistant, and an active blind-spot assistant with steering and braking intervention.
Drives: PHEVs are growing more powerful and are going toward becoming all-electric.
As with the predecessor, Kia will sell the next generation in both completely electric and hybrid forms – full and plug-in hybrid. The performance of the complete hybrid stays unchanged: a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine producing 77 kW (105 hp) is paired with a 32 kW electric motor to produce 104 kW. (141 hp ). However, Kia has said that the new combustion engine is more fuel-efficient and that the hybrid would accelerate somewhat quicker.
The plug-in hybrid has 183 horsepower due to the more powerful electric motor.
The plug-in hybrid vehicle keeps the familiar 1.6-liter gasoline engine but adds a more powerful electric motor. It now produces 17.5 kW more, bringing the total output to 62 kW. This results in an increase in system output from 141 to 183 horsepower.
As predicted, it also receives a more powerful battery. The almost 11.1 kWh (predecessor: 8.9 kWh). Naturally, the all-electric range is benefited from this. According to WLTP, the combined consumption indicates a range of 65 kilometers. The preceding generation reached a distance of 49 kilometers.
A little increase in range for the Niro’s all-electric range
The Niro is offered only in a more powerful variant. The output is maintained at 150 kW. (204 hp ). The battery capacity has increased significantly to 64.8 kWh, up from 64 kWh in the predecessor. Additionally, the range has been increased slightly: 463 kilometers on a fully charged battery should now be achievable, which is eight kilometers more than the predecessor. It takes 45 minutes on a fast charger to charge a battery from 10% to 80%. Additionally, the Niro EV now has standard battery preconditioning.
Hybrids get a new capability.
Both hybrids include a novel technology that shifts to purely electric driving at specified places. The GPS system and driving patterns supply the data. The so-called “Greenzone Drive Mode” is engaged in close proximity to hospitals, schools, and kindergartens, but also in regularly traveled areas such as the driver’s house or place of employment.