Kia Niro makes global debut

Kia unveils all new Niro with a strong focus on sustainability

Reuben Van Niekerk
Kia Niro

Kia recently revealed the all-new Niro at the Seoul Mobility Show. With this model Kia aims to make sustainable mobility accessible for all motorists.


As an integral part of Kia’s growing eco-friendly line up, this new model will appeal to the complex needs of sustainability conscious consumers.


Sustainability first

The Kia Niro fits perfectly into the sustainable lifestyle that modern day motorists demand thanks to eco-friendly materials, advanced technology and electric powertrains while remaining practical.


All new from the ground up the Niro takes inspiration from nature in design and choice of colour, material and finish to strike the perfect balance between an environmentally responsible approach and a future-orientated outlook.


The 2019 Habaniro concept had a big influence on the design and this includes stylish and bold crossover looks and a high-tech two-tone body. At the rear a wide pillar enhances airflow and in turn aerodynamics while blending seamlessly into the boomerang-shaped rear lights.


Kia’s well-known tiger nose has been completely transformed, now extending from the bonnet, through to the rugged fender. Striking heartbeat LED daytime running lights finish off the contemporary front design.


At the rear a unique vertical taillight design highlights aerodynamics and technology. A blend of simple surface treatments and dynamic sections emphasises modernity and provides a point of attraction.


Eco friendly powertrains

When launched internationally next year, the Niro will be available with HEV, PHEV and EV powertrains.


Greenzone drive mode automatically transfers the PHEV into EV drive mode when driving in green zones such as residential areas, or nearby schools and hospitals, switching the vehicle to a fully electric mode based on navigation data.


Inside story

As part of a commitment to sustainability the Kia Niro features a number of recycled materials inside the cabin. For example, the headliner is made from recycled wallpaper, the seats from Bio PU with Tencel from eucalyptus while BTX-free paint is used on the door panels.


The off-centre dash curves around the front occupants while the stylish centre console is easy to operate and incorporates an electronic dial-type shift lever. The audio-visual screen and air vents are incorporated within the diagonal gaps of the modern design and ambient lighting heightens the senses and creates a welcoming interior. Slim, contemporary seats enhance roominess, comfort and style.


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