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the hybrid and electric SUV gets a makeover!

Kia’s best-seller on French soil, the Niro will change generation. It thus asserts its exterior style and modernizes its interior for the occasion.

Launched in 2016 in the competitive market for Urban SUVs, the Niro did not fail in its mission. This first generation was thus sold to more than 500,000 copies worldwide and this, without counting only thermal engines in its range. However, some could blame it for a slightly smooth plastic and an obvious technological backwardness given its age. That listened and reveals, in part only, his replacement.

Finally sexy?

The Korean manufacturer therefore waited for the Seoul mobility fair, on his land. It was largely inspired by the HabaNiro concept presented in 2019, in particular by the two-tone bodywork and the wide pillars at the rear (reduced visibility?). The proportions of the first Niro are more or less preserved but the design is modernized.

Kia always makes a point of respecting its philosophie « Opposites united ». Under this barbaric name hide colors, materials and stylistic risk-taking. The grille “Tiger nose” is thus preserved but the light signature contrasts radically with what is done by its competitors. It also recalls the audacity of that of the new Sportage. The rear part of the SUV, very vertical, resumes vertical lights, a bit like what Volvo did on its big 4X4. Completed by this small bezel, topped by a spoiler.

The EV6 example

Interior turns everything upside down compared to the previous version. We now find the presentation observed on the EV6 and Sportage models, namely a large horizontal slab containing the two screens. The digital instrumentation on the one hand and especially the central screen are reoriented towards the driver. Kia also guarantees that materials used, for the seats or the headliner for example, come from recycled or environmentally responsible materials.

For the rest, the brand is not very talkative. We just know that the Niro 2 will be, like its predecessor, exclusively offered with “cleaner” engines. Namely of the simple hybrid, the rechargeable hybrid and the 100% electric. Too bad he cannot therefore take advantage of the e-GMP platform of the large SUV EV6, only reserved for electric cars.

Prices and finishes will be shown more next year since Kia assumes a marketing in the second half of 2022. In the meantime, we invite you to discover the other novelties of this automotive event that is the Seoul Motor Show.

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