The 2020 Kia Niro comes with beautiful exterior design, impressive and elegant interior, and remarkable fuel economy, only a hybrid can accomplish. The Niro Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid are very eco-friendly, and the appealing 4-door-hatchback exterior design offers a look that is a combination of a small SUV and a hatchback.
Furthermore, with a combined 50-mpg fuel economy rating and the plug-in’s capacity to go up to 26 miles entirely on electric power, the new Niro will definitely leave a mark when it hit the streets. The famous Kia’s invincible warranty and a variety of trim levels are tempting enough to take a look and see what else this 5-passenger vehicle has to offer.
2020 Kia Niro Exterior
The South Korean company markets 2020 Kia Niro as a compact-crossover SUV. The overall appearance of the new model surely backs up that selected spot. However, the front fascia won’t suffer any serious changes and reshaping. It comes slightly wider with the fog lights pulled more to the side, just under the headlights. Also, the rear skid plate, black plastic wheel arches and a couple of new design indications add to the visual identity of this model.
The Niro’s dignified roofline brings a heavy visual similarity with a much larger 3-row Kia Sorento. This compact-crossover SUV comes with well-balanced proportions and the exterior design adds a more rugged note to this vehicle. The body-color door handles and mirrors, and 16-inch wheels come as a standard feature on every Niro model. But, if you want 18-inch alloy wheel, you’ll have to go up to the top-notch Kia Niro Touring trim.
2020 Kia Niro Interior
The upcoming 2020 Kia Niro comes with one of the finest interiors on the market. The cabin is just incredible, with a clean, simple design that will give you an upscale feel. The layout is very casual, with plenty of high-quality materials and the controls works like a charm. The seat comfort is fantastic, and the 6-speed automatic is controlled via an ordinary shifter on the console. Moreover, you’ll find a very handy open bin with USB and power ports in front of the shifter.
The Niro’s climate and audio control are cleverly parked, easy to reach and won’t distract the driver. The rear-seat headroom is awesome, the legroom is broad enough to fit a basketball power forward type of passengers. Also, the 60/40 split-folding seatback brings a helpful cargo versatility. The new Kia Niro offers four trim levels: base FE, LX, EX, and the Touring. Standard equipment for these models includes a 7-inch touchscreen, rearview camera, keyless entry, and a push-button start. Also, the Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, Bluetooth phone connectivity, dual-zone climate control are available as well.
2020 Kia Niro EV
The new 2020 Kia Niro will introduce the EV version, alongside the standard models. This version will have much more features than the entry level Niro’s. The EV concept will deliver new, more aggressive front and rear fascias, and massive attractive wheels. Also, the EV version will be eco-friendly, with the electric motor and battery pack. This model will have a 150 kW electric motor, paired with a 64 kWh battery pack.
This combination will allow the EV to go around 100 miles. If you compare this range with Kia Soul EV or Hyundai Ioniq Electric, the Niro EV delivers a better result. This model has a lot of similarities with the Plug-in model, but the main difference is on the grill. Now, instead of the grill, the EV will have an interactive display and slim LED lights. Furthermore, the dashboard will react to the touch or gesturing at the screen. The company planning to launch at least 16 electrified models by 2025.
2020 Kia Niro Specs, Hybrid, Plug-in Hybrid
Under the hood of upcoming 2020 Kia Niro is a 1.6-liter 4-cylinder powertrain with a 43-horsepower tractive motor, jammed between the drivetrain and transmission. In conjunction, the two units produce 139 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque combined. The transmission is a quick-shifting 6-speed dual-clutch automatic, that refine the performance keeping the good fuel economy numbers. The fuel economy on the FE, EX, an LX oversteps 50 mpg in the city. However, the larger and less aerodynamic Touring model records 46/40 mpg city/highway fuel economy.
The Niro Plug-in Hybrid comes with a large battery pack and independent electric motor, allowing an all-electric range of 26 miles. The combined fuel-economy for Plug-in Hybrid rating is 46mpg/105 MPGe. This variant employs a 1.6-liter Atkinson cycle inline-4, which is capable of producing 104 horsepower with 109 lb-ft of torque. The 44.5-kW Interior-Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motor delivers 60 hp with 126 lb-ft of torque.
2020 Kia Niro Release Date and Price
The MSRP for the 2020 Kia Niro base model starts around $25,000 and goes up to the $33,000 for a fully equipped Niro Touring model. The Plug-in LX version starts just above $29,000, and the fully loaded EX Premium cost around $37,000.
Furthermore, all model comes with Kia’s superior 5-year/60,000 miles warranty, as well as a 10-year/100,000-mile engine warranty. Although the new Niro will cost you a little more than the Toyota Primus or Honda HR-V it is worth spending extra money. We expect that Kia’s compact-crossover SUV will hit the streets by the fall of 2020.