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Hybrid or fully electric. The next-generation Kia Niro crossover has risen in price significantly

The Korean company Kia has revealed new details about the next-generation Kia Niro crossover, which replaces the original model, which has been available on the international market since 2016.

In South Korea, the car will go on sale before the end of January. At the same time, prices for the 2022 model are significantly higher compared to its predecessor – the car has risen in price by an average of 2-3 million won (about 1.7-2.5 thousand dollars). The base version will now cost 26.6 million won ($22,326) and the top-end version will cost 33.06 million won ($27,748).

Hybrid or fully electric. The next-generation Kia Niro crossover has risen in price significantly

The crossover is offered with a choice of three powertrains: hybrid powertrain (HEV), plug-in hybrid powertrain (PHEV) and all-electric battery powertrain (BEV). All versions have only front-wheel drive.

Hybrid or fully electric. The next-generation Kia Niro crossover has risen in price significantly

The hybrid version (HEV) will use the fuel-efficient 1.6 GDI Smartstream engine. The maximum power of the four-cylinder engine is 103.5 hp. with., and torque – 144 N•m. The fuel consumption of the Niro HEV, measured by Korean standards, is just 4.8 l/100 km. In combination with a 32-kilowatt electric motor, the total power of the hybrid power plant is 139 hp. With. A six-speed dual-clutch preselective transmission (6DCT) of the second generation is used.

Hybrid or fully electric. The next-generation Kia Niro crossover has risen in price significantly

When driving in “green zones” – in residential areas and near schools or hospitals – the crossover automatically switches to 100% electric mode. Information from navigation systems or a log of previous trips is used to determine. It is also able to perceive as a “green zone” regularly visited by the driver and places marked in the navigation memory, for example, a house or office.

The new Niro is built on a third-generation platform and features a larger body for more interior and luggage space. Its dimensions are 4420 x 1825 x 1545 mm, wheelbase – 2720 mm. Thus, these dimensions have increased by 65 mm (length), 20 mm (width), 10 mm (height) and 20 mm (wheelbase) respectively.

The front panel is made asymmetrical, it is equipped with a high-resolution display with a diagonal of 10.25 inches. Under the central display is an integrated control unit for the infotainment system and air conditioning. The rear of the seat backs feature coat hooks, USB ports and storage pockets. As options, a 10-inch head-up display (HUD), a Voice Car Control voice control system, a Car to Home function that allows you to control home appliances connected to the Internet of things from the car, and so on, are offered.

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