At the 2022 New York International Auto Show, Kia has revealed some more details on the second-gen Niro lineup that debuted at the Seoul Mobility Show in Korea last year. The new Niro lineup will go on sale in America from fall 2022 as 2023 models. Alright then, since we already talked about its design, let’s jump straight to the business end.
The second-gen Niro is electrified, which means there’s no pure ICE model; it’s either gonna be HEV, PHEV, or a BEV. Let’s start with the Niro EV. Speaking of which, it packs a single 150 kW (204 metric hp) motor at the front, drawing juice from a 64.8 kWh battery pack that is estimated to offer a range of up to 391 km (243 mi). The final figures might differ. The battery pack can be DC fast-charged with up to 85 kW, with which, 10-80% SoC is claimed to take 45 minutes. The vehicle comes with a 11 kW onboard charger. An optional heat pump and battery warmer help preserve range in cold temperatures. Kia is offering a 10-year or 100,000-mile (160,934 km) battery warranty.
Next up we have the Niro PHEV, which combines a 1.6-litre 4-cylinder naturally aspirated petrol engine with a 62 kW (84 metric hp) electric motor for combined figures of 134 kW (180 bhp/182 metric hp) and 264 Nm (195 lb-ft). Transmission is gonna be a 6-speed DCT. A 11.1-kWh lithium-ion battery pack is estimated to offer a pure-electric range of up to 53 km (33 mi) when fitted with 16-inch wheels, which is said to be an improvement of 25% over the model it replaces.
And lastly, we have the Niro HEV, which combines a 1.6-litre 4-cylinder naturally aspirated petrol engine with a 32 kW (43.5 metric hp) permanent magnet synchronous electric motor, for combined figures of 104 kW (139 bhp/141 metric hp) and 264 Nm (195 lb-ft). Transmission remains to be a 6-speed DCT. We don’t know the pure-electric range of this model yet, but Kia said that the Niro HEV returns a targeted 53 mpg combined and an estimated driving range of 588 miles (946 km).
In addition to Sport and Eco drive modes, the new Niro boasts a Green Zone drive mode as well, which automatically switches Niro HEV and Niro PHEV into EV mode in residential areas, and nearby schools and hospitals.
Standard ADAS on the 2023 Niro lineup include Forward Collision Avoidance with Pedestrian Detection; Lane Keeping Assist; Lane Following Assist; Driver Attention Warning; Blind Spot Collision Avoidance; Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Avoidance-Assist; Safe Exit Warning, and Rear Occupant Alert.
Smart Cruise Control with Stop & Go and Navigation-Based Curve is available across the Niro lineup, as is FCA with Assist-Junction with Cyclist & Junction Turning. Optional for the first time on Niro EV is Highway Driving Assist II, which integrates the functionality of Lane Change Assist, FCA with Lane Change, and Smart Cruise Control with Machine Learning.
The vehicle-to-load (V2L) onboard generator functionality can also be found in the options list.