The Kia Niro hybrid range has been treated to a facelift for 2019, including a refreshed exterior, interior and adding a host of new technology.
The updated range, debuted at this years Geneva motor show, retains the signature tiger nose grille but receives new 16″ alloys, new front and rear bumpers, updated halogen headlights, new tail lights and LED daytime running lights. For the regular hybrid, customers will have the option to spec LED headlights and fog lamps and opt for sportier 18″ alloy wheels.
Looking into the interior of the new Niro, Kia have added some new steering wheel mounted paddle shifters along with a host of soft touch plastics. Buyers will also have the option of adding a 10.25″ touchscreen, a 7″ digital instrument binnacle and two new interior colour packs (dash, seats and door cards).
With regard to tech updates, the Niro will come with a new electronic parking brake, lane following assist and adaptive cruise control with stop and go abilities. Kia’s new UVO CONNECT system now comes with a smartphone app, which allows the driver to remotely check the location of their car, send route directions to their Niro’s sat-nav and access vehicle reports and diagnostic information.
The Niro PHEV and HEV retains the same 1.6-litre petrol engine and electric motor developing 139bhp as the outgoing model. The PHEV will pair this set up to a 8.9kWh battery for a range of 30 miles, while the HEV will be fitted with the smaller 1.5kWh battery.
Kia say that the PHEV will achieve 217.3mpg with emissions of 31.3g/km of CO2, with the regular hybrid at around 99.8g/km of CO2.
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