26.11.2021Kia to release the next Niro generation in 2022
Kia has presented the new generation of the Niro - which will go on sale next year as a hybrid, plug-in hybrid and battery-electric model - at the Seoul Mobility Show. The focus of the presentation was on the completely new design, although Kia has not yet revealed whether there will be any changes to the powertrains.
"Kia continues to take steps towards a more sustainable future, inviting everyone to join the movement into the new mobility era," said Ho Sung Song, President and CEO of Kia. "The all-new Kia Niro makes it simple to practice a sustainable lifestyle with its eco-friendly materials, advanced technology and electric powertrains while it also fulfills the practical needs of customers."
Redesigned from the ground up, the new Niro has been developed under the company's Opposites United design philosophy, fulfilling 'Joy for Reason' ethos. It takes inspiration from nature in design and the choice of colour, material and finish, and aims to strike a balance between an environmentally responsible approach and a future-oriented outlook.
The strong influence of the 2019 Habaniro concept is evident in Niro's exterior design with its stylish and bold crossover looks and two-tone body. A wide pillar at the rear enhances air flow to improve aerodynamics and blends into the boomerang-shaped rear taillights. Kia's signature 'tiger face' has been transformed for the all-new Niro and now extends from the hood, right through to the rugged fender below.
As a statement of Kia's commitment to sustainability and an indication of future model development, the new Kia Niro showcases new recycled materials inside the cabin. The headlining is made from recycled wallpaper, the seats are made from Bio PU with Tencel from eucalyptus leaves, and BTX* free paint is used on the door panels to minimize the impact on the environment and reduce waste.
The new Niro is on display at the Seoul Mobility Show from 25th November through to 5th December. It will be available with HEV, PHEV and BEV powertrains starting from next year.