Kia Unveils Second-Gen Niro with All-Electric, Hybrid Options
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.
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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 company also plans on launching seven new EVs by 2027, including the refreshed Niro and the EV6 announced earlier this year.