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THE ALL-NEW 2023 KIA NIRO

2023 Niro Pack Lineup

The Second-Generation Niro now comes in three new flavors, each of which is more technologically advanced and design-focused than ever.

  • Everyone can access sustainable mobility. Kia’s Plan S electrification initiative is further advanced with the introduction of hybrid (HEV), plug-in hybrid (PHEV), and all-electric (EV) versions of the Niro CUV.
  • The “Opposites United” design philosophy is incorporated into completely new exterior and interior styling.
  • Niro models are stronger, lighter, and more powerful, and they have class-leading passenger and cargo volumes.
  • Sustainable materials and cutting-edge interior design features
  • The Niro HEV reaches a class-leading 53 MPG2.
  • Niro EV’s 253 miles of AER and quicker charging: 10-80% of the charge can be restored in under 45 minutes.

According to Steven Center, COO & EVP, Kia America, “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.” The 2023 Niro was created with both current needs and sustainable future mobility in mind.

Nature’s Handiwork

The 2023 Niro has a striking exterior and interior thanks to the “Opposites United” design principle, which marries natural inspiration with aerodynamic finesse. The 2023 Niro’s exterior exudes an elegant and daring sense of purpose and manages to achieve an impressive drag coefficient (Cd) of 0.29. Daytime running lights (DRL) that are upswept and eye-catching flank the recognizable tiger nose grille, which has changed to reflect the new Kia brand identity.

The lower bumper, heart-shaped rear reflector, and tough-looking skid plate garnish complement the front-end design, while the boomerang-shaped LED taillights and uncomplicated surface treatments create a clean and aerodynamic styling combination at the rear. Black door cladding and wheel arches help distinguish the Niro HEV and Niro PHEV models, while the Niro EV is distinguished by steel gray or black exterior trim, depending on body color.

The all-new Kia Niro has a striking and dynamic design that draws from the company’s renowned “Opposites United” design philosophy, particularly its design pillar “Joy for Reason.” The treatment takes inspiration from nature, while the choice of colors, materials, and finishes aims to strike a balance between an environmentally conscious approach to mobility and a future-focused vision for passenger cars that are in perfect harmony.

The Aero Blade, a highly distinctive design that also improves airflow underneath the D-pillar, draws attention to the side profile of the 2023 Kia Niro. The Aero Blade can be painted in a variety of eye-catching colors or left natural. Optional 18-inch alloy wheels further improve the Niro HEV and Niro PHEV’s profile.

The 2023 Niro is slightly bigger than the car it replaces, but it still has a small footprint. The wheelbase increases to 107.1 inches, and the overall length increases to 174 inches. Behind the back seats, there is an increase in cargo space to 22.8 cubic feet. Additionally, the Niro can handle urban activities with ease thanks to its 6.3 inch ground clearance. With these modifications, the Niro has 50% more cargo space and 8 cubic feet more passenger cabin space than the Tesla Model 3.

Future-Oriented Interior Design

The all-new Niro’s avant-garde interior, styled and upholstered with high-end materials and textured surfaces, complements its bold exterior. In all trims and configurations, its parametric design draws inspiration from the all-electric EV6 to create a tech-focused environment.

Inside the 2023 Niro, upscale touches abound, and sustainability is central to the design of the interior materials. The interior of the Niro EV is composed of animal-free textiles, including the premium seating surfaces and touch points throughout the cabin. The headliner is made of recycled wallpaper, which contains 56 percent reused PET fibers.

The slim, contemporary seats with integrated coat hangers enhance roominess, and they are covered by high-quality bio polyurethane and Tencel made from eucalyptus leaves. BTX-free paint, which is free from benzene, toluene, and xylene isomers, is used on the door panels to minimize the impact on the environment and reduce waste.

The brand-new Kia Niro’s interior is serene thanks to style and in-car technology. The off-center dashboard curves around the front passengers, creating a serene yet daring aesthetic with opposing horizontal and diagonal lines. AvThe instrument cluster and infotainment system’s available panoramic and dual 10.25-inch screens make a strong first impression and provide cutting-edge connectivity.

Ambient mood lighting in a wide range of color schemes heightens the senses while fostering a calm atmosphere. Active Sound Design allows the driver to digitally enhance the engine and the Niro’s motor noises; an optional eight-speaker Harman/Kardon premium sound system is also available. Backseat passengers can easily charge their devices thanks to the front seats’ standard USB ports on the sides, which come with optional memory, heating, and ventilation.

The 2023 Niro now offers the space of a vehicle one size larger—and best-in-class passenger room—thanks to advancements in interior packaging. The amount of head, leg, and shoulder room in the front and back demonstrates Kia’s dedication to providing comfortable, roomy seating.

Vehicle Technology Takes Center Stage

The all-new Kia Niro features a wide range of advanced vehicle technology, from class-leading standard active safety features to customizable vehicle settings through the in-dash infotainment system.

When you get close to the car, the heartbeat-inspired DRLs and optional power-folding mirrors welcome you. Upon entering, some models have memory seats that can remember the driver’s position, and programmable mood lighting creates the atmosphere.

Directly in front of the driver’s line of sight, an optional Head-Up Display (HUD) displays current infotainment, active safety warnings, and directions. A wireless phone charger is an option in addition to the standard wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality. 

The same vehicle-to-load (V2L) onboard generator functionality invented by the EV6 is available for the 2023 Niro EV.

On the 2023 Niro, standard, cutting-edge ADAS6 technology includes:

  • Avoiding Forward Collisions (FCA) with Pedestrian Detection: warns the driver when there is a chance of colliding with a pedestrian in front of the vehicle and may automatically help with braking.
  • When driving, Lane Keeping Assist (LKA) helps identify lane markers and provides steering inputs to help keep the vehicle in its lane.
  • Provides steering inputs to help center the vehicle in the lane and helps detect lane markings and vehicles ahead with the help of lane following assist (LFA).
  • Driver Attention Warning (DAW): Evaluates the driver’s level of attention and alerts the driver if a break is necessary. If the leading vehicle pulls away from a stop and the driver does not It might also send out a lead vehicle departure alert if it needs to intervene within a certain time frame.
  • Blind Spot Collision Warning (BCW) with Parallel Exit: May help avoid collisions with rear-side vehicles when exiting a parallel parking spot by automatically assisting with braking
  • When moving backward, Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Avoidance-Assist (RCCA) assists in spotting oncoming cross traffic. The system may apply the brakes and warn the driver of approaching cross traffic.
  • When a car is approaching from the side while someone is exiting the vehicle, the Safe Exit Warning (SEW)8 system sounds an alarm.
  • Rear Occupant Alert (ROA)9: Notifies the driver to check the back seat before exiting the vehicle.

Smart Cruise Control, FCA with Assist-Junction with Cyclist & Junction Turning, and Navigation-Based Curve are all standard features on all Niro models. For the first time on the Niro EV, Highway Driving Assist II combines the abilities of Lane Change Assist, FCA with Lane Change, and Smart Cruise Control with Machine Learning. This is an optional feature.

The advanced in-vehicle connectivity offered by Kia Connect, which is available in-car or through the Kia Access App, is standard on Niro EX and higher models. The new Digital Key 2.0 also enables the driver to start the 2023 Niro and open its doors using a Samsung Galaxy, Apple iPhone, or Apple Watch smartphone.

Text messaging can also be used to distribute Digital Key 2.0. Maps and the infotainment system are automatically updated with Over-The-Air (OTA) updates. Stolen Vehicle Recovery and Immobilization, which aids law enforcement in locating stolen vehicles, can give owners peace of mind. Customers can use smart speakers or other devices that support Amazon-Alexa or Google-Assistant to remotely control specific vehicle functions, such as remote starting. Roadside assistance and 911 Connect are just two of the extra features offered by Kia Connect.

Three Flavors, All Sustainable

The all-new Kia Niro will be offered in the United States with three different powertrain options: a hybrid, a plug-in hybrid, and an all-electric model. Front-wheel drive is standard on all Niro models, which benefits them in bad weather. A 6-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission is standard in HEV and PHEV.

A 32kW permanent magnet synchronous electric motor and a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine are combined in the Niro HEV to produce a maximum combined power output of 139 horsepower and 195 lb.-ft. of torque. With 16-inch wheels installed, the Niro HEV gets 53 mpg12 combined and has a 588-mile range thanks to improved cooling, friction, and combustion technologies. The HEV still manages to get an impressive 49 mpg when combined with 18-inch wheels.

The Niro PHEV’s 1.6-liter engine and 62kW electric motor together produce 180 horsepower and 195 lb.-ft. of torque. The Niro PHEV can recharge its 11.1 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery in under three hours when it is connected to a Level 2 charger. The Niro PHEV has an all-electric range (AER) of 33 miles and 108 combined MPGe when fully charged, which is a 25% improvement over the model it replaces.

The 64.8 kWh battery and 150kW (201-horsepower) motor that power the all-electric Niro EV have standard DC fast-charging capabilities. The Niro EV can refuel 10 to 80 percent at a maximum charging rate of 85 kW in under 45 minutes when connected to a Level 3 fast charger. The Niro EV can be fully charged on a Level 2 charger in under seven hours with the assistance of the 11kW onboard charger.

The Niro EV’s EPA-rated AER is 253 miles. The range in cold weather is maintained with the help of an optional heat pump and battery warmer. The EV will be offered in two trim levels: Wind, which is the well-equipped standard model, and Wave, which is the fully loaded model.

The all-new Kia Niro introduces Green Zone Drive Mode in addition to Sport and Eco drive modes, which switches Niro HEV and Niro PHEV models into EV drive mode when traveling through residential areas or close to hospitals, schools, and other public spaces. The Niro recognizes favorite locations, such as home and the office, set in the navigation system, and uses electricity automatically based on navigation cues and driving history data.

With the help of intelligent regenerative braking, you can easily slow down the vehicle and recover kinetic energy to extend its range. The system can determine how much regeneration is necessary using radar and information about the road’s gradient, and it can enable all Niro models to extract the most energy possible from their brakes while gently coming to a stop.