New 2022 Kia Niro debuts with focus on sustainability

Kia has pulled the wraps off its new, next-era Kia Niro and e-Niro at the Seoul Mobility clearly show, revealing a striking redesign and options to boost its sustainability. 

The mid-sized crossover is again out there with a few powertrain options: a conventional hybrid, a plug-in hybrid and a fully electric edition. It’ll rival all the things from the Skoda Enyaq to the Toyota Yaris Cross when it goes on sale next year.

Benefitting from a floor-up redesign, in accordance to Kia, the new Niro normally takes influences from the brand’s 2019 Habaniro notion particularly the front-conclude layout and the two-tone effect on the car’s C-pillars. Unusually, the C-pillar also houses the vertically stacked tail-lights – visually separating them from the tailgate – which undertake a boomerang shape.

At the front, the brand’s trademark ‘tiger face’ has developed, with a massive lower intake and little higher grille separated by a entire-width chrome strip. The LED headlights and operating lights are housed in separate pods, with Kia professing the operating lights mimic a heartbeat. The key visible distinction among the hybrid Niro and the fully electric E-Niro is a cost port integrated into the front fascia of the latter. 

The Niro’s cabin has also been extensively updated. A curving model line flows upwards on the door trims, with Kia professing that opposing horizontal and diagonal strains on the car  “create a calming nevertheless irregular aesthetic”. 

The dash is dominated by a massive, one-piece display screen combining electronic devices and a widescreen infotainment display, with separate touch-delicate climate controls underneath. A new ambient lights strip crosses the dash, when the centre console includes bodily switchgear and the rotary push manner selector. The Niro’s headrests also integrate coat hangers.

Kia cites the use of sustainable resources in the new Niro’s cabin. For illustration, the headlining is designed from recycled wallpaper, the seats are designed from bio-centered polyurethane with Tencel fibres from eucalyptus leaves, and the paint on the door panels is drinking water-centered and totally free of substances such as benzene and toluene. 

The only technologies that Kia has introduced aspects of so significantly is a new ‘Greenzone Push Mode’. Working with geofencing, it can instantly swap hybrid versions of the Niro to fully electric manner in ‘green zones’ such as urban residential regions, or outside faculties and hospitals. The driver can also register their possess environmentally friendly zones in the car’s navigation system. 

Further more specialized aspects regarding the new Kia Niro’s platform, powertrains and technologies options will be unveiled forward of the car’s predicted debut in the initial fifty percent of 2022. 

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