New Kia Niro PHEV arrives in Ireland

The popular Kia Niro compact crossover has been redesigned.

The popular Kia Niro compact crossover has been redesigned.

The new Kia Niro PHEV and Niro EV are now on sale with a starting price from €38,500 for the PHEV model. The EV is expected in late August/early September with a K4 launch model priced at €45,715 (including Government grants ).

Kia says its popular Niro compact crossover has been entirely redesigned to meet the complex and diverse needs of today’s environmentally conscious car users. Two state-of-the-art electrified powertrains, sustainable interior materials, and exceptional safety performance combine to ensure the all-new version surpasses customer expectations. The redesigned Niro is an intrinsic model in Kia’s growing eco-friendly line-up, which it also says will include 14 BEV models by 2027.

The C-CUV segment is one of the most competitive, with a dizzying array of comparable models on offer. Kia boast the new Niro illustrates Kia’s fresh approach to the traditional CUV and provides key differentiators to make it stand out in a crowded segment. It adds that it provides a perfect blend of form and function, that ensures that the new Niro provides a safe, family-friendly vehicle with favourable economic and environmental credentials that will encourage many people to take a meaningful first step into electrification.

Inside, Kia points to the enhanced design proportions inside the cabin reward occupants with outstanding interior space and storage capacity.

Premium-effect recycled materials adorn the cabin to augment the interior space and underline Niro’s sustainable credentials. The dash and driver controls feature minimal clutter and smooth lines to ensure a distraction-free, yet intuitive user experience. A head-up display system ( K4 models only ) enhances safety and convenience on the move, while a suite of new safety systems brings the latest advancements in protection to this family-friendly crossover.

The new Niro smooths the transition to sustainable mobility via a choice of low and zero-emission powertrains: plug-in hybrid (PHEV ) or battery electric (BEV ). The PHEV models feature what Kia describes as their super-efficient Smartstream 1.6-litre GDI petrol engine. And the battery electric Niro EV pomises environmental and practical benefits with a 460km (WLTP pending homologation ) electric-only range.

The K3 model will go on the market at €38,500 and higher specced K4 at €41,500.

Standard equipment for the K3 includes 18” alloys, LED headlights with bi-function projection, heated front seats, a 10.25” touchscreen navigation, Kia Connect Telematics, wireless phone charger and Apple Car Play and Android Auto with voice control. The new Niro is also features a fair specification of driving convenience and safety features including lane keep assist, lane follow assist, smart cruise control, blind-spot collision avoidance, and dual-zone automatic air conditioning.

In addition, the K4 features, in addition, shift by wire (rotary dial for drive, reverse and park ), power adjustable front seats, heated rear seats, driver heads-up display ,10.25” LCD driver display screen and power tailgate .

The initial Niro EV offer will be K4 only (€45,715 inc grants ), and mirrors much of the equipment found on the K4 PHEV. Of specific interest to EV buyers is the inclusion of a heat pump, battery heating/cooling system and vehicle-to-device (V2D ) power supply.

Kia Ireland MD Ronan Flood says Kia has redesigned Niro to provide people with a clearer path to clean mobility.

"The range of eco-friendly powertrains will encourage even the most hesitant customers to make the switch to more sustainable forms of movement.

“The already popular Niro benefits from Kia’s latest tech advancements and can meet the mobility needs of all drivers, attracting new people to the brand. The current Niro family is Kia’s third best-seller in Ireland, and the new version will further extend Niro’s position as a volume model within the Kia portfolio and help accelerate Kia Ireland’s sales of eco-friendly vehicles.”


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