A car conceived from its birth to be offered in a hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and pure electric versions, there is no doubt that the Kia Niro 2022 is one of the most versatile models in the commercial range of the South Korean manufacturer. Well, the Asian brand has started with the development of the new generation of this vehicle, an SUV that will present notable differences concerning the current model, according to the first spy images published on various web pages around the world.
According to the unofficial information that Autopista.es has had access to, the new generation of the Kia Niro will be ready throughout 2021 and would be marketed as a 2022 model. Its design will be one of the first aspects that will vary the most from the first generation currently on sale. Everything indicates that the resulting second-generation model will offer many design details inspired by the HabaNiro concept presented in 2019.
In this way, in the design of the new Niro 2022, the new rear light clusters with LED lighting and in the shape of a boomerang that extends to the thick C-pillars will stand out, aesthetic details also present in the HabaNiro concept.
In the frontal area, the striking headlights of the concept seem that they will not finally be visible in the Niro 2022, offering a somewhat more restrained and less risky style. Regarding the traditional Tiger Nose (or tiger-nose) type grill, it seems that the new SUV could discard it in favor of a sharper-looking one that they already anticipate as Shark Nose (or shark nose, in its literal translation from English into Spanish).
Kia Niro 2022 MORE WHEELBASE AND MORE SPACE
One of the determining technical elements in the construction of the second-generation Kia Niro is the possibility that the resulting model will slightly increase its wheelbase, while also reducing the front overhang and the outer overhang. With a longer wheelbase and redesigned expected in the cockpit, everything indicates that the occupants will enjoy the inside of more space.
Regarding its mechanical options, the second generation of the South Korean firm’s SUV will once again resort to optimized variants of its current hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and one hundred percent electric versions, the latter variant that stands out for offering more than real 450 km of autonomy.
With the best expected, a slight improvement in the efficiency of both hybrid versions and even a slight increase in the range of autonomy of the one hundred percent electric variant is foreseen when using a battery of slightly more capacity or when carrying out other series of improvements. in aerodynamic terms or the use of greener tires with even lower rolling resistance.