Kia Niro hybrid and plug-in hybrid updates announced
01 March 2019
Author: Sean Keywood
Kia has revealed updates to the hybrid and plug-in hybrid variants of its Niro SUV.
Exterior design tweaks include new-look front and rear bumpers, redesigned headlights and new LED daytime running lights.
New interior trim has also been introduced, as has the option of a 10.25in infotainment touchscreen and 7in TFT instrument cluster - 8in and 4.2in units are standard.
The 10.25in screen comes with Bluetooth multi-connection as standard, enabling occupants to connect two mobile devices at once, along with Apple Carplay and Android Auto connectivity.
Kia has also added gear shift paddles to the steering wheel, allowing drivers to take control of the six-speed automatic gearbox.
A new electronic parking brake has also been added, along with larger rear brakes.
Also available is Kia's UVO Connect telematics system, allowing access to diagnostics information and remote settings, such as climate control and sat-nav instructions - all via a smartphone app.
The updated Niros also gain lane following assist, as well as a stop-and-go function for the smart cruise control system.
European sales of the updated Niros are set to start in the second quarter of 2019. UK specs, prices and an on-sale date are yet to be confirmed.