The 2022 Kia Niro will feature a new Kia logo, which was revealed in a record-setting unveil in Korea yesterday. The skies of Incheon were lit up with hundreds of fireworks, launched by 303 pyrodrones. The company bagged a Guinness World Record for Most UAVs launching fireworks simultaneously.
The Kia logo has been reduced to its essential elements, yet the makeover feels very modern and stylish. The transition to the new brand logo should complete this year and expect not only the 2022 Kia Niro but every upcoming Kia car to feature it from day one.
Last week, the 2022 Kia Niro was spied testing in South Korea, courtesy blog.naver.com user soonjung8116. The latest sighting provided the best look at its headlamp design so far.
The 2022 Kia Niro in the latest spy picture shows tall headlamps with vertically stacked LED main lights and an LED DRL, which could be a full-width strip forming the periphery. The boxy look of the headlamps should give the next-gen Kia Niro EV and hybrid variants more assertiveness. The LED DRL’s shape is inspired by that of the Kia HabaNiro concept from the 2019 New York International Auto Show, and it’d be great if the production car retained the heartbeat pulse effect as well.
In November 2020, the 2022 Kia Niro (Kia SG2) was snapped on U.S. soil for the first time. autospies.com reader Fred Khaz had shared spy pictures of the upcoming electric-ready SUV.
Khaz’s photos had reaffirmed that like the Kia Sportage, the new Niro would adopt the two-tier headlamps shifting to its next generation. Product development of the next-gen Kia Niro is in South Korea, and the landing of a prototype in the U.S. suggested that the program has advanced to where global testing and validation comes into the picture.
The Kia Niro EV (Kia e-Niro) arrived in the U.S. market in 2019 as the first Kia electric car in the country. The all-new, 2022 Kia Niro EV is in the works to replace the first-gen model.
The first-gen Kia Niro EV offers a normal SUV design in an eco-friendly package, which makes EV adoption easy and approachable as it feels like a normal vehicle for the most part. The second-gen Kia Niro EV (codename: Kia SG2) could apply the same formula and have a conventional design. There are outlandish-looking Kia EVs in the making, as well, the first of which will be the Kia CV electric SUV that will debut this year, targeting younger buyers or those willing to experiment.
The current Kia e-Niro packs a 64 kWh Lithium-ion battery pack and a 150 kW (201 horsepower)/395 Nm (291 lb.-ft.) electric motor. It has an EPA-estimated range of 239 miles. The 2021 Hyundai Kona Electric with the same setup has an EPA-estimated range of 258 miles. So, the next-gen Kia Niro EV will have to do better than that.
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The new Niro EV won’t ride on Hyundai Motor Group’s next-gen eco-car platform called Electric Global Modular Platform (E-GMP). The old eco-car platform that debuted in 2015, with improvements, will underpin the next-gen model. Expect faster charging with a shift to a 400-volt battery system and close to 300 miles of EPA-estimated range in the all-new Kia Niro EV. The Kia Niro hybrid and Kia Niro PHEV should get renewed for customers and markets that aren’t yet ready to go all-electric.
The 2022 Kia Niro EV will compete with its cousin the Hyundai Kona Electric that will go on sale with a new face and updated interior this year. It will rival the Chevrolet Bolt EUV as well, an all-new electric SUV will go on sale in Summer 2021. Expect a starting price of under $40,000 for the second generation electric small SUV.
2022 Kia Niro FAQs
When will the 2022 Kia Niro be launched?
The new Kia Niro will likely reach U.S. showrooms in early to mid-2022.
What will be the 2022 Kia Niro EV price?
The 2022 Kia e-Niro is projected to start under $40,000.
Which electric SUVs are the 2022 Kia Niro EV competitors?
The 2022 Kia Niro EV will compete with the 2022 Hyundai Kona Electric & the Chevrolet Bolt EUV.