The all-new 2023 KIA Niro is about to arrive, featuring more attractive design. The upcoming SUV will finally say goodbye to boring design, and it will receive many upgrades that should make it more competitive. As you can observe, the design of the new model is inspired by the HabaNiro concept from 2019. Interestingly, the same treatment we saw on the recently released Sportage as well.
Like the outgoing model, the redesigned SUV will come with the same 139-hp hybrid powertrain that consists of a 1.6-liter four-cylinder and an electric motor. Unfortunately, just as before, the Niro will be offered only with front-wheel drive. We expect to see the updated model into KIA showrooms in summer 2022.
2023 KIA Niro Redesign
The new crossover SUV Niro looks like a high-riding hatchback or a small SUV at first glance. Anyway, for 2023YM, the manufacturer made more changes and upgrades. The design is attractive and is inspired by the HabaNiro concept from 2019. Unlike the previous generation, the new one comes with a completely revised front fascia. It features attractive headlights and the new LED daytime running lights.
We saw the same design on the recently introduced KIA Sportage. Behind, the new LED taillights are connected to the rear pillars, resulting in a sportier look. In terms of size, the Niro is 2.5 inches longer than its predecessor, with a slightly longer wheelbase. However, it has the same 6.3 inches of ground clearance as its predecessor.
Just like the exterior, the interior of the 2023 KIA Niro will be all-new. The cabin has more sculptural design, offering a better feel. For those who may not know, KIA for the first time used recycled material, making Niro more eco-friendly. We love a new large 10.3-inch infotainment display, which stands across all the Niro lineup.
The new infotainment runs on the latest version of Kia’s UVO infotainment system, and it supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. However, a wireless smartphone charging pad and Harman/Kardon eight-speaker stereo system are optional.
2023 KIA Niro Engine Options
The new 2023 KIA Niro will reportedly use the same mechanics and engines just like the outgoing one. This means it will come with a potent hybrid engine that consists of a 1.6-liter four-cylinder and an electric motor, producing 139-hp.
A six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission will be standard, and the 2023 Niro will be offered only with front-wheel drive. A plug-in-hybrid powertrain is also available, and it adds another electric motor, delivering 180 horsepower. The plug-in-hybrid also comes with a 11.1-kWh battery pack that should offer at least 33 miles of electric driving range per charge.
Will There Be a 2023 Kia Niro EV?
The EV model will be reportedly available as well, and it will use again electric motor feeding the front wheels. The output of the EV version is 201-hp, while the battery is larger than before. Under the floor, there is a 64.8-kWh battery that should offer 253 miles of range. Kia claims the battery can be charged from 10 to 80 percent in about 45 minutes with a DC fast-charger.
2023 KIA Niro Release Date, Price
The new 2023 KIA Niro will hit the market in summer, featuring a completely new design. On top of that, it will come with an updated interior, offering way more technologies than before.
According to KIA, we can expect at least six different trims. The LX model is the base one, starting at $26,000, while Z-Line is $28,000, EX $30K, EX PHEV $32K, SX $35K, and the most expensive SX PHEV costs $38,000.