Step by step, through new model years and new generations, Kia’s full line-up will add the new logo and brand image. Now it’s the turn for the Niro EV, who received the new logo together with some improvements for the 2022MY in South Korea.
Ever since the Kia Niro EV made its debut back in 2018, it has been queuing up to accept awards from well-respected industry commentators. The pure electric Niro EV (also known as e-Niro in several European countries) won Car of the Year at the 2019 What Car? Awards and has been named a ‘Game Changer’ at the 2019 Autocar Awards.
It also scooped the Best Electric Car gong at the Business Car Awards 2019 and grabbed the Eco Award at the 2019 CarWow Car of the Year Awards. Auto Express named the e-Niro the Best Affordable Electric Car at the 2019 New Car Awards and Driving Electric announced the e-Niro as Electric Car of the Year 2019. You can also see some reviews were the Niro EV have beated the Volkswagen ID.3 dedicated EV.
So for the 2022MY, Kia decided to add its new brand logo for the crossover EV, as well as improve the standard equipment and added new tech. Highlights include a new updated 10.25-inch touchscreen satellite navigation system with telematics system featuring UVO Connect Services, LED headlights with bi-function projection, ambient lighting and a battery heating system.
Inside there’s black leather upholstery, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, an electronic parking brake with autohold, automatic air conditioning, adaptive Smart Cruise Control with Stop and Go, a smart entry system with engine start and stop button, wireless mobile phone charging, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity, an eight-speaker JBL premium sound system and DAB radio.
A full suite of safety equipment is included, too, with Lane Follow Assist (LFA), Lane Keep Assist System (LKAS), Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) and Hill-start Assist Control (HAC) fitted as standard, alongside seven airbags, including one for the driver’s knees.
The Niro EV is equipped with a high-capacity 64 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery pack. On the WLTP combined cycle, it provides a driving range of more than 282 miles (455 kilometres) on a single charge. Buyers could also choose a smaller battery package, with 39.2 kWh and a range of up to 179 miles (289 kilometres) from a single charge. Plugged into a 100 kW fast charger, it takes only 42 minutes to recharge the e-Niro’s battery from 20% to 80%.
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