Kia Niro 2022: An SUV in Electrifying Evolution


Kia Niro | Image Credit: Car and Driver
 

The second generation of Kia's eco-friendly crossover is beginning to reveal some secrets to us. We tell you all their weapons to face greater competition than ever.


When the Kia Niro hit the market, back in 2016, it was the closest thing to a rare bird. A model with shapes and proportions typical of a crossover but without falling into the extravagances of other cars of its type and all this with contained dimensions, a well-used interior, and electrified mechanics from the beginning.


So, what Kia basically did was to take advantage of the basis of the Hyundai Ioniq - the ecological model par excellence of the group born by and to defeat the Toyota Prius - and transfer its advantages to a new market niche: that of compact SUVs. Well, now, five years later, almost all the market launches are cars of these characteristics: compact SUVs with more or less electrified mechanics and thus it is not surprising that in its second generation, the Kia Niro 2022 is willing to follow the same philosophy than in the current one, offered in only three variants: the conventional hybrid, the plug-in hybrid and the 100% electric.


An SUV on the marked path


Despite the intense camouflage that covers its body in these first spy images, the new Kia Niro appears somewhat more robust and bulky than the model still in force. In fact, those who have been able to appreciate it live, insist that its line is inspired by the Kia Habaniro concept, something that we no longer question after meeting its older brother, a new Kia Sportage with a very similar general style. Thus, the new Niro will have a more imposing front, with a wide, flat, and raised grille, LED headlights and unique shapes, and highly worked aerodynamics.


Of course, other details that caused a sensation of this concept such as the butterfly opening doors, the pointed rear end of the interior made in red, and four independent seats, will be reserved for the show car. The final 2022 Niro will be more conservative compared to the concept but also clearly more aggressive and sophisticated than the current model.


A very different aesthetic


If you look at these first images in detail, you will see how the wide taillights partially run along the C-pillar of the body as happened in the prototype and how the proportions of this tailgate will be very different, although at the cost of increasing the length of the vehicle above the current 4.36 meters although without reaching the levels of the new Hyundai Ioniq 5. The great beneficiary promises to be the interior and more specifically the rear seats, although the new Niro is also expected to offer a boot capacity above 500 liters in most of its variants.


The new Kia Niro is expected to be presented in the middle of this year, although it will not hit the market until the second half of 2022.

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