The 2023 Kia Niro electric subcompact crossover made its official debut at the New York International Auto Show this week, arriving as a direct rival to the Chevy Bolt EUV.
The Kia Niro is offered as a pure EV, but unlike the Chevy Bolt EUV, it can also be ordered as a traditional hybrid and a plug-in hybrid. Let’s start with the EV model, though, as this is the version that will likely generate the most interest. The Niro EV comes standard with a 64.9 kWh battery and a single 201 horsepower electric motor driving the front wheels. Kia is targeting real-world range of around 253 miles and says it will offer an optional heat pump and battery warming system to help improve range in colder climates.
The Niro HEV, meanwhile, features a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine and a 42 horsepower electric motor, which together produce 139 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque. The automaker says this model will return a targeted 53 mpg combined and will boast an estimated driving range of 588 miles. Lastly, there’s the plug-in hybrid model, which has the same 1.6-liter engine and an 83 horsepower electric motor, together producing 180 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque. This model has an all-electric range of 33 miles.
Inside, the Niro EV continues its eco-friendly theme by using eco-friendly or recycled materials, including a headliner composed of recycled wallpaper, bio polyurethane fabric upholstery sourced from eucalyptus leaves and BTX-free paint on the door panels. Panoramic, dual 10.25-inch screens for the instrument cluster and infotainment system are available as an option, along with a Harman/Kardon premium sound system and heated/ventilated front seats.
An impressive suite of active safety features come standard across all 2023 Kia Niro trim levels. This includes Forward Collision Avoidance (FCA) with Pedestrian detection capability, Lane Keep Assist, Lane Following Assist, Blind Spot Collision Avoidance, Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Avoidance and Rear Occupant Alert, among more. Smart Cruise Control with Stop and Go and Navigation-Based Curve, which is Kia’s version of highway drive assist, is also offered.
The 2023 Kia Niro will be available to order this fall.