The second generation of the 2023 Kia Niro could be unveiled next week in Seoul. The South Korean car manufacturer has been testing the new Niro for quite some time now. We know the design will be inspired by the HabaNiro concept that was unveiled in early 2019, and while Kia hasn’t announced a launch date, the Korean auto blog cites industry sources that claim we’ll see it next week.
Recent spy shots of heavily camouflaged prototypes have revealed that the new Niro will feature unique LED headlights with distinctive daytime running lights, and that the new Niro will have a slightly sharper body than the previous model. Key HabaNiro cues will be visible at the rear, where the new model has boomerang-shaped LED taillights that extend to the C-pillars.
A range of different hybrid, plug-in hybrid and electric powertrains are to be offered for the 2023 Niro. While the details are not confirmed, they may be similar to the first generation model. That could mean a hybrid variant with a 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine, an electric motor and a lithium-ion battery that gives the current car a total of 139 hp. and 264 Nm of torque. The outgoing plug-in hybrid has a large 8.9 kWh battery, giving it a 42 km range on electricity alone.
The most interesting is the new Niro EV. The first generation model is powered by a 201 hp electric motor that comes from a 64 kWh battery, giving the car a range of 385 km, according to the EPA. Kia will be on the right track if it manages to increase the power and range figures for the new model.