The 2020 Kia Niro is a crossover SUV that will be available as the Hybrid, Plug-in Hybrid and the new all-electric EV. The new family-friendly model will get some changes and it will look more stylish than before.
With the great design and the long list of features, it will go head-to-head with the more fuel-efficient Toyota Prius, Chevrolet Volt models. According to the latest reports, the standard Kia Niro Hybrid will be a green car that will give 50 mpg. The plug-in variant can travel up to 26 miles on battery power alone, while the new this year Niro EV has a great range of 239 miles.
2020 Kia Niro Design
The all-new 2020 Kia Niro is a compact crossover SUV that is positioned high on the market. Thanks to the attractive body configuration and great aerodynamic and quality materials, this SUV is one of our favorite. The black plastic wheel arches, rear skid plate, and other design cues add visual attractiveness to this SUV. Also, we can formally say that this model uses the strong references of the much larger 3-row Sorento SUV. However, the forthcoming Niro provides its own unique design and more rugged appearance. It`s mechanically similar to the Hyundai Ionic.
The top of the offer Niro Touring will get the most of the attractiveness. It will move out from 16-inch wheel covers to the 18-inch alloys. However, if we compare it with the Ionic model the new Niro EV looks a little taller but its roof is an inch higher.
Interior Features and Safety
The interior of the 2020 Kia Niro is one of the best in its class. The great crafted cabin provides clean and simple lines with high-quality materials. Furthermore, the Kia Niro also comes with two rows of seats and is able to accommodate five passengers. The seat comfort is excellent and there is plenty of rear-seat headroom and legroom. The cargo space is also good thanks to the 60/40-split-folding seatback.
The 2020 Kia Niro will be available in few trims. The most recommended is the Niro LX that is priced a few hundred dollars higher than the FE. This trim will include keyless entry and push-button start, UVO3 infotainment with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, AM/FM/SiriusXM audio, a 7-inch touch screen, rearview camera, Bluetooth phone connectivity, and dual-zone automatic climate control and much more. The list of the driver-assist technologies are also long and includes blind-spot detection, lane-change assist, rear cross-traffic alert, forward-collision warning, lane-departure warning, autonomous emergency braking, smart cruise control, plus front and rear parking sensors.
2020 Kia Niro Under the hood
The newest 2020 Kia Niro crossover will deploy three engine options under the hood. The first one is a 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine with 1.56-kWh lithium-ion polymer battery. This combination will provide 139 horsepower (gas/electric combined) and 195 lb-ft of torque. Fuel economy is also good. This version gives EPA city/highway fuel economy rating 52/49 mpg for the model FE, 51/46 mpg for the EX and LX and 46/40 mpg for the Touring. However, the second choice is the Plug-in Hybrid variant. This one will come with 1.6-liter Atkinson cycle inline-4 that delivers 104 horsepower and 109 lb-ft of torque. It is also equipped with a 44.5-kW Interior-Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motor that provides 60 horsepower and 125 lb-ft of torque. EPA city/highway fuel economy of the plug-in version is 48 mpg/44 mpg/105 MPGe.
The last one and the more expensive is the electric version. The new 2020 Kia Niro EV model will come with a Permanent magnet synchronous motor and 64-kWh lithium-ion battery pack. The total output of this combination will give 201 horsepower and 291 lb-ft torque. It also can go 239 miles in range on a single charge. EPA city/highway fuel economy of this model is the best. It gives123/102 MPGe.
Release Date and Price
The debut of the redesigned 2020 Kia Niro is expected sometime in 2020. However, from the information that we got, the new model will be in the same range of price as the current one. The price of the base model in the current line is $24,430 and it can go up to $33,000 for a fully loaded Niro Touring model.
The Plug-in LX model will start less than $30,000 and it can reach $37,000 for a fully loaded EX Premium. The most expensive and the greenest is the Kia Niro EV, This model begins at $40,000 and it provides great techs and better fuel economy than others.