Kia Unveils Second-Gen Niro with All-Electric, Hybrid Options

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At the Seoul auto show on Thursday, Kia unveiled the second-generation Niro compact CUV with options for an all-electric, plug-in hybrid, or hybrid powertrain — reports Automotive News.

Kia, a subsidiary of the Hyundai Motor Company, is the second-largest automobile manufacturer in South Korea after its parent company. Around February of this year, Kia was actually in talks with Apple for a contract to build the latter’s planned electric car.

The all-new Niro has an improved external design aesthetic and numerous upgrades over the original, which was released in 2016. The V2 Kia Niro will launch with hybrid and plug-in hybrid options in the first quarter of 2022, and as a full-fledged electric vehicle (EV) later in the first half of the year.

Kia announced the refreshed Niro in a global press release, but the company refrained from disclosing an estimated range, price, or any specs for the upcoming vehicle. The second-generation Niro isn’t expected to make its way to the U.S., where the 2022 model of the original Niro with a range of 240 miles (385 km) is still available starting at $26,690 USD, until at least 2023.

“The all-new Kia Niro is an eco-friendly model that shows our will to realize sustainability,” said Kia CEO Ho-Sung Song at the auto show.

The redesigned Niro will use environmentally friendly materials, including recycled fibres and benzene-free paint. Kia aims to use 20% recycled plastic in all of its cars by 2030.

The company also plans on launching seven new EVs by 2027, including the refreshed Niro and the EV6 announced earlier this year.