The 2023 Kia Niro EV will have a longer range than its predecessor
Kia has debuted the North American edition of its 2023 Niro. The vehicle will be available in three versions: a hybrid (HEV), a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) and a battery electric vehicle (BEV). Kia claims that the fully electric car will have a 253 mile (~407 km) range, slightly longer than the 239 miles (~385 km) range of the 2022 model.
The BEV will have a 201 hp motor and a 64.8 kWh battery. The car is expected to have fast charging capabilities, enabling it to charge from 10% to 80% in 45 minutes. The standard hybrid has a 139 hp powertrain. The 1.6 L gas four-cylinder engine should deliver 53 mpg, three mpg better than the equivalent 2022 Niro. The car is expected to have a 588 mile (~946 km) range.
The plug-in hybrid uses the same engine as the HEV with an additional 11.1 kWh battery and a more powerful motor. Kia stated that the PHEV would be able to travel on solely electric power for up to 33 miles (~53 km) on a single charge. This is a 25% improvement on the 2022 edition, with a charging time of three hours.
All versions are slightly larger than the older model, with a 2.5-in (~6 cm) longer body. Inside the vehicle is a 10.3-in (~26 cm) touchscreen and digital gauge cluster. The cars will also have driver-assistance features, including blind-spot monitoring and pedestrian detection. Kia confirmed that all variants of the 2023 Niro would go on sale in North America this summer.