Kia debuted the 2023 Niro CUV in North America at the New York International Auto Show with three powertrains: hybrid electric (HEV), plug-in hybrid (PHEV), and all-electric (EV). The second generation Niro will at Kia retailers in all 50 states late fall, 2022, according to a statement.
“Kia’s electrified vehicle momentum continues with the launch of the all-new second-generation Niro, which offers more refinement, versatility, connectivity, and technology than ever,” said Steven Center, COO & EVP, Kia America, in the statement. “The 2023 Niro was designed for today’s needs and for sustainable future mobility.”
The 2023 Niro features design inspired by the “Opposites United” philosophy that uses inspiration from nature with aerodynamics. The exterior of the 2023 Niro takes influence from the 2019 HabaNiro concept, and it achieves a drag coefficient (Cd) of 0.29. Its daytime running lights (DRL) flank the signature tiger nose grille, which has evolved with the new Kia brand identity. At the rear, boomerang-shaped LED taillights sit alongside a heartbeat-shaped rear reflector, skid plate garnish, and lower bumper. Niro HEV and Niro PHEV can be identified by black door cladding and wheel arches, while Niro EV is distinguished by Steel Grey or black exterior trim, depending on body color. A 6-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission is standard in HEV and PHEV.
The all-new Kia Niro will arrive in the U.S. in three distinct powertrain configurations:
- The Niro HEV hybrid features a 1.6L four-cylinder engine coupled with a 32kW permanent magnet synchronous electric motor, for a combined maximum power output of 139 horsepower and 195 lb.-ft. of torque. Improved cooling, friction and combustion technologies ensure maximum fuel efficiency, and Niro HEV returns a targeted 53 mpg combined and an estimated driving range of 588 miles.
- The Niro PHEV plug-in hybrid pairs the 1.6L engine with a 62kW electric motor, for a total system output of 180 hp and 195 lb.-ft. of torque. When it is connected to a Level 2 charger, the Niro PHEV can refill its 11.1-kWh lithium-ion polymer battery in under three hours. Fully charged, the all-electric range (AER) of the Niro PHEV is estimated at 33 miles when fitted with 16-inch wheels: an improvement of 25% over the model it replaces.
- The all-electric Niro EV is powered by a 64.8 kWh battery and a 150kW (201-horsepower) motor with DC fast-charging capability as standard. Plugged in to a Level 3 fast charger, the Niro EV can replenish 10% to 80% in under 45 minutes, at a maximum charging capability of 85kW. The 11kW onboard charger also helps recharge the Niro EV in under seven hours on a Level 2 charger. Targeted AER for the Niro EV is 253 miles. An optional heat pump and battery warmer help preserve range in cold temperatures.