The all-new Kia Niro has been unveiled at the Seoul Mobility Show ahead of its launch next year.
The new Niro will be available with a pure electric powertrain, as a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) and as a hybrid electric vehicle (HEV).
In PHEV and HEV guise, the new Niro will have a ‘Greenzone’ drive mode, which automatically switches the car to its pure electric powertrain.
The vehicle automatically uses electric power based on navigation cues, such as when entering a clean air zone (CAZ), and driving history data.
Ho Sung Song, president and CEO of Kia, said: “Kia continues to take steps towards a more sustainable future, inviting everyone to join the movement into the new mobility era.
“The all-new Kia Niro makes it simple to practice a sustainable lifestyle with its eco-friendly materials, advanced technology and electric powertrains while it also fulfills the practical needs of customers."
Completely redesigned from the ground up, the all-new Niro has been developed under the company's Opposites United design philosophy.
Kia says it takes inspiration from nature in design and the choice of colour, material, and finish to strike a “perfect balance between an environmentally responsible approach and a future-oriented outlook”.
The strong influence of the 2019 Habaniro concept is evident in Niro's exterior design with its stylish and bold crossover looks and two-tone body.
A wide pillar at the rear enhances air flow to improve aerodynamics and blends into the boomerang-shaped rear taillights.
Kia's signature 'tiger face' has been transformed for the all-new Niro and now extends from the hood, right through to the rugged fender below.
The front design is finished with 'heartbeat' LED DRL (daytime running lights) and the vertical taillight design highlights aerodynamics and technology, it says.
Reflecting Kia's commitment to sustainability and an indication of future model development, the all-new Kia Niro showcases new recycled materials inside the cabin. The headlining is made from recycled wallpaper, the seats are made from Bio PU with Tencel from eucalyptus leaves, and BTX (from benzene, toluene, and xylene) free paint is used on the door panels to minimise the impact on the environment and reduce waste.
The all-new Niro will be available with HEV, PHEV and EV powertrains starting from next year.