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Auto ShowsKia Updates the Niro Hybrid and Plug-In Hybrid with Fresh Looks and New Features

16:35  05 march  2019
16:35  05 march  2019 Source:   caranddriver.com

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Kia Updates the Niro Hybrid and Plug - In Hybrid with Fresh Looks and New Features . We expect that the 2020 Niro in the U.S. will incorporate this minor refresh. A new infotainment screen and newly available active-safety features highlight the technology changes.

Kia markets the new Niro as a compact-crossover SUV, and its exterior design backs up that market position. The hybrid ’s black plastic wheel arches If the Niro EV looks a little taller than the standard hybrid and plug - in hybrid models, it’s not your imagination: The EV’s roof is indeed an inch higher

Kia Updates the Niro Hybrid and Plug-In Hybrid with Fresh Looks and New Features© Kia Kia has updated the Niro hybrid and plug-in hybrid with fresher styling and a few new technology features.
  • The Kia Niro hybrid and plug-in hybrid are getting updated, for the Europe market at least, with new styling inside and out.
  • We assume these changes will be coming to the United States eventually, likely for the 2020 Niro that will go on sale later this year.
  • A new infotainment screen and newly available active-safety features highlight the technology changes.

Kia has tweaked its hybrid crossover, the Niro, with fresh styling inside and out and some newly available tech features. The updated version of the gas-electric subcompact SUV, which is available in traditional hybrid and plug-in-hybrid forms-in addition to the all-electric Niro EV that recently joined the lineup-was revealed at the Geneva auto show, meaning we don't have U.S. details yet. But we think it's safe to assume that the U.S.-spec 2020 Kia Niro that we'll see later this year will benefit from these same tweaks.

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The 2019 Niro Plug - In Hybrid stands out among competitors in both the Plug - In Hybrid and Crossover categories. Unlike hybrids with continuous variable transmissions (CVT), it comes with a highly responsive, dual-clutch automatic transmission (DCT) that gives it a sporty, fun-to-drive feel.

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Most recognizable at the front are reshaped headlights and a new bumper with interesting-looking arrow-shaped LED daytime running lights lower down. The LED taillights are new, too, and the rear bumper has a new silver faux skid plate. New 16- and 18-inch wheel designs are on order, too, and all these changes are meant to bring the hybrid Niro models in line visually with the new EV variant.

Kia Updates the Niro Hybrid and Plug-In Hybrid with Fresh Looks and New Features© Kia Kia Niro update (Euro-spec)

Inside, Kia says it has upgraded the dashboard materials with more soft-touch finishes and additional gloss-black trim, while optional colored trim in either Red-Orange or Plum spices things up a bit. An 8.0-inch touchscreen remains standard, but there's a newly optional 10.3-inch touchscreen that incorporates new software.

Other changes include an electronic parking brake, larger rear brakes, and paddle shifters for the transmission. Active-safety features that have been added to the options list include stop-and-go capability for the adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping assist.

Kia has yet to confirm any information about the 2020 Niro in the U.S., but we expect to learn more about these updates later this year as we approach the model-year changeover.

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