Kia reveals upgraded Niro models in Geneva

Kia Motors has made a number of improvements to the Niro, its best-selling electrified crossover range of ultra-low emission vehicles.

The upgraded hybrid and plug-in hybrid models made their global debut on Tuesday at the Geneva Motor Show.

The Niro, which combines crossover style practicality with ultra-low hybrid emissions, has been enhanced for 2019 with a new exterior design, a more upscale, high-quality interior, and new interior colour options.

The hybrid and plug-in hybrid models also feature Kia’s advanced new ‘UVO Connect’ telematics system, which brings additional connected functionality to the car.

Since sales began in 2016, more than 270,000 examples of the Niro have been sold globally, with more than 100,000 units sold in Europe. Across the water in Britain, some 12,900 PHEV and HEV models have been sold since 2016. The Niro crossover was Kia’s fifth best-selling model in Europe in 2018, with sales growing 33 per cent to 45,255 units – including 34,642 hybrids and 9,951 plug-in hybrids.

The Niro range expanded at the end of 2018 with the launch of the fully-electric e-Niro.

Unique among all hybrid cars in Europe, the Niro is sold with Kia’s industry-leading seven-years, 100,000-mile full manufacturer’s warranty as standard.

Finally, European sales of the upgraded Kia Niro hybrid and Niro plug-in hybrid start during the second quarter of 2019. The Irish on-sale date, specification and pricing will be confirmed in due course.

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