Update: The Kia Niro EV has received what we reckon is its final model year update, indicating that the current generation can continue until the end of 2021.
With the MY2021 update, the first-gen Kia Niro EV has received the new Kia logo. A report from KCB says that the changes include an updated 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system with UVO Connect and improved standard equipment.
2022 Kia Niro Exterior
Last month, YouTube channel 굳맨TV GOODMANTV spotted test mules of the 2022 Kia Niro, and a video revealed the new edgy exterior mirrors with C-shaped turn indicators. This second ORVM design hinted at a new GT-line trim with a sportier exterior. The video showed a portion of its interior, including the seats and the floor console, confirming a total makeover for the second generation.
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The same month, Instagrammer shingeun_pic gave us our first look at the next-gen Kia Niro EV. A test mule was captured in South Korea, where the car is being developed. Zooming into the image, ‘SG2 EV’ is inscribed on the prototype’s rear axle, suggesting that the eco-friendly variant of the Niro will continue into the second generation, with perhaps the fully-electric Niro launching simultaneously as other variants.
In December, the 2022 Kia Niro was spied testing in South Korea, courtesy blog.naver.com user soonjung8116. The sighting provided a close look at its headlamp assembly. The 2022 Kia Niro comes with tall headlamps with vertically stacked LED main lights and an LED DRL, a full-width strip forming the periphery. The 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. These would improve the SUV’s assertiveness.
In November, the 2022 Kia Niro (Kia SG2) was snapped on U.S. soil for the first time. Autospies.com reader Fred Khaz had shared pictures (above) of the upcoming electric-ready SUV. Khaz’s photos reaffirmed that the 2022 Niro would adopt two-tier headlamps shifting to its next generation. Product development of the next-gen Kia Niro began in South Korea. The landing of a prototype in the U.S. suggested that the program has advanced to where global testing and validation come 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, and the successor cannot afford to not improve in all respects, given the competitive landscape in the electric SUV market.
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 could apply the same formula and have a conventional design. There are outlandish Kia EVs driving into the United States, the first of which is the Kia EV6 that will target younger buyers and techies at heart.
2022 Kia Niro mechanicals
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.
The new Niro EV won’t ride on Hyundai Motor Group’s next-gen Electric Global Modular Platform (E-GMP). It looks like the old eco-car platform that debuted in 2015, with improvements, underpins the next-gen model. However, expect faster charging with a shift to a 400-volt battery system and close to 275 miles of EPA-estimated range in the all-new Niro EV. The Kia Niro hybrid and Kia Niro PHEV should get renewed for customers and markets that aren’t yet ready to adopt battery-electric cars.
The 2022 Kia Niro EV will compete with its cousin the Hyundai Kona EV that will go on sale with a new face and updated interior this year. It will rival the Chevrolet Bolt EUV as well, a new electric SUV that will go on sale in Summer 2021 with a 250-mile range. Expect a starting price of under $40,000 for the second-generation Niro SUV.
The all-new Kia Niro EV will have a long list of competitors in Europe, where compact electric SUVs include the Hyundai Kona Electric, DS 3 Crossback E-Tense, Opel Mokka-e/Vauxhall Mokka-e, and Peugeot e-2008. A home-grown competitor to the Kia SG2 EV set to emerge in the first half of the year is the Ssangyong E100 (Ssangyong Korando e-Motion).
New Kia logo
The 2022 Kia Niro will feature the new brand logo, which was revealed in a record-setting unveil in Korea at the start of the year. 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 modern and stylish. The transition to the new brand logo should complete this year and expect the 2022 Kia Niro and every upcoming new Kia car to feature it from day one.
2022 Kia Niro EV FAQs
When will the 2022 Kia Niro be launched?
The all-new Kia Niro will likely reach U.S. showrooms in the second half of next year.
What will be the 2022 Kia Niro EV price?
The base variant of the 2022 Kia e-Niro is projected to start at under $40,000.
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