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Kia unveils all-new 2023 Niro at the New York Auto Show

It's larger and with a new interior, but still includes a hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and all-electric version

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Kia has unveiled its second-generation 2023 Niro at the New York Auto Show, with more passenger and cargo space, and with hybrid, plug-in hybrid (PHEV) and electric vehicle (EV) powertrains.

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The automaker said the new Niro is larger than the outgoing version in all dimensions but weighs less, and with stronger construction. It will go on sale in late summer of 2022.

The exterior design, influenced by Kia’s 2019 HabaNiro concept car, includes an “aero blade” over the rear wheels that aids air flow, and which can be painted to match the body or in a contrasting shade. Inside, the cabin is inspired by Kia’s all-electric EV6. It features sustainable interiors including a headliner made from recycled wallpaper, and seat upholstery made with bio-polyurethane and extracts from eucalyptus leaves. The seats include USB ports on their sides.

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The Niro offers available dual 10.25-inch screens for the instrument cluster and infotainment system, a premium sound system, ambient lighting, and Active Sound Design that lets the driver digitally enhance the sound of the powertrain.

The hybrid uses a 1.6L four-cylinder engine with electric motor, making 139 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque. The PHEV pairs that engine with a 62-kW electric motor and makes 180 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque.

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The PHEV’s 11.1-kWh lithium-ion battery charges in an estimated three hours and can drive the Niro an estimated 53 km on electricity alone, which is a 25 per cent improvement over the current Niro PHEV.

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The Niro EV uses a 64.8-kWh battery and 150-kW (201 horsepower) electric motor, and has a target range of 407 km on a charge. Kia estimates it will recharge from 10 to 80 per cent in fewer than 45 minutes on a Level 3 charger, while Level 2 charging is about seven hours. A heat pump and battery will be available to help preserve range in colder temperatures.

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The Niro will include a range of driver-assist safety technologies, including emergency front braking with pedestrian detection, lane-keeping assist, driver attention warning, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, and safe warning exit.

In addition, the new Niro introduces Kia’s Green Zone Drive Mode on the hybrid and PHEV. When activated, it automatically switches the vehicle into electric mode when driving in residential zones, or near schools or hospitals.