The new KIA e-Niro 2022 has been officially presented. KIA has revealed all the details of the new generation of its successful electric SUV. Design, technological equipment, measurements and, what is more important, its autonomy. A model that is updated to continue dealing in the competitive European market.
Kia has published new and exciting information about the second generation of the Niro. And more specifically about the new KIA e-Niro 2022. That is, the 100% electric variant. A model that is updated in terms of design and technological equipment. All this without losing sight of its fully electric propulsion system.
The e-Niro claims to be one of the most popular electric cars on the market. In the convulsive year 2021 marked by the stock crisis at dealerships, it was the fifth best-selling electric vehicle in Europe with nearly 47,000 registered units and hot on the heels of the Volkswagen ID.4, which held the title of most popular electric SUV. Now, with the generational change, KIA hopes to give its sales a new boost.
The design of the new KIA e-Niro 2022
What differences does the new e-Niro present compared to other versions of the range? The truth is that the electric model sports some distinctive features that allow it to distance itself from the hybrid variants of the new Niro. The lower grille and the front bumper have a specific treatment to adapt to the needs and characteristics of the propulsion system. Another exclusive element are the 17-inch alloy wheels. The charging socket is located in the center of the grill.
The new generation of the Niro has been developed on the third generation of the K-platform. The use of this architecture is crucial for the project, since it allows KIA to use three different propulsion systems. And, we must remember that, in addition to the electric version, the new Niro will also be marketed in hybrid (HEV) and plug-in hybrid (PHEV) versions.
The measures of the new KIA e-Niro 2022
The interior and technology of the new KIA e-Niro 2022
Leaving aside the exterior, if we venture into the interior of the new Niro electric we will quickly be enveloped by a digital and connected environment. A system of two 10.25-inch curved screens They allow the driver to have access to numerous valuable driving information. One of these screens is used as a digital instrument panel while the other has the main purpose of managing the infotainment system.
A special mention should also be made of the 10-inch Head-Up Display (HUD) in which numerous valuable data for driving are also projected. The multimedia system, which can be controlled through voice commands, also includes a new feature called Multi-Command. Thanks to it, passengers will be able to control multiple functions with a single command.
Through Kia Connect It is possible to have some remote control over the vehicle, such as consulting and controlling the status of the charging process or planning routes through online navigation.
Regarding the list of driving assistance systems, we can say that the new electric Niro is well served. Among other technologies, it has adaptive cruise control, traffic sign recognition, speeding warning, lane keeping assistant, driver attention warning, high beam assistant, rear view camera, rear cross traffic assistant , remote intelligent parking assistant and blind spot warning.
The autonomy of the new KIA e-Niro 2022
Beyond issues related to design and even technological equipment, as it is a battery electric vehicle, what is important and crucial has to do with the propulsion system. In the bowels of the new electric Niro lies a 64.8 kWh lithium-ion battery which is intended to feed a single engine of 150 kW (204 hp) and 255 Nm of maximum torque.
It is capable of accelerating from 0 to 100 km/h in just 7.8 seconds and reaching a top speed of 167 km/h. In the absence of homologating the final figure, KIA anticipates that the autonomy of the new e-Niro reaches 463 kilometers according to the WLTP cycle. Another key figure in this regard is the drag coefficient. It is 0.29, a very important figure if we take into account its status as an SUV type vehicle. The towing capacity reaches 750 kilograms.
Regarding the loading times, will logically vary depending on the electrical outlet used. The brand anticipates that the battery of the new e-Niro can be recharged from 0 to 80% in just 43 minutes using a suitable DC charging point. And by the way, it also equips V2L (Vehicle-to-Load) technology to use the energy stored in the car’s battery to recharge electrical devices.
Release date and prices of the new KIA e-Niro 2022
The prices and the launch date in Spain are among the few details that remain to be confirmed. At this time it is unknown what the price of the new electric Niro will be. Recall that the current model, with its larger battery, is available from approximately €42,000.
The landing of the new Niro in European dealerships will take place throughout 2022. KIA has not given a specific launch date either, so we will have to keep waiting to find out when the order book will open. The debut of the new generation took place last year during the 2021 Seoul Motor Show. South Korea is the first market in which it will be available.