This Is The New Kia Niro Before You're Supposed To See It

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The new Kia Niro has been spied completely undisguised.

It's no secret that Kia is preparing to unleash an all-new version of the popular Niro. Earlier this month, we caught Kia testing a camouflaged prototype of the next-generation subcompact crossover. Now, images of the new Niro completely undisguised have leaked in Korea, providing our best look yet at its new funky design.

As we've already seen in spy photos, the styling is heavily inspired by the electric Kia HabaNiro concept car shown in 2019. We can see the concept's distinctive boomerang-shaped taillights have carried over to the production model, as has the roof spoiler. Don't expect the concept's dramatic butterfly doors to make it to production, though.

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Curiously, the exterior has a striking two-tone paint job, with the rear section of the side profile painted in a contrasting grey finish. We'll have to wait and see if the two-tone design will be standard or optional. The front is not shown in the leaked photos, but spy shots have already revealed the new Niro's will sport a new grille inspired by a shark's snout in place of the traditional tiger-nose grille and redesigned headlights mimicking the design of the concept's.

We also get a first look inside the interior. Most of the cabin is covered up, but we can see the new Niro will use the same two-spoke steering wheel as the electric EV6.

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Under the hood, the new Kia Niro will most likely be offered with the same electrified 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine as its predecessor producing a combined 139 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque. A plug-in hybrid variant will also be available along with a new EV to replace the current eNiro. But where the EV6 rides on the new dedicated electric E-GMP platform, the next-generation Niro EV will be underpinned by a modified version of the current car's platform. Despite this, we're expecting the new version to offer an improved range and efficiency as battery technology has evolved since the launch of the current Niro EV, which has an EPA-rated range of up to 239 miles.

Now that the new Kia Niro has been spied completely undisguised, the global reveal should happen sooner rather than later, possibly by the end of the year.

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