2023 Kia Niro Hybrid Specs Revealed, Plug-In and EV Models Confirmed

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Photo credit: Kia
Photo credit: Kia
  • Kia has revealed more information about the new 2023 Niro hybrid.

  • It will again use a 139-hp powertrain with a 1.6-liter gas four-cylinder engine. Plug-in-hybrid and EV models will follow.

  • The Niro hybrid will likely go on sale in the U.S. later this year.

UPDATE 4/5/22: Kia will reveal the U.S. version of the 2023 Niro next week at the 2022 New York auto show. The company showed a new photo of the U.S.-spec Niro in hybrid, plug-in-hybrid, and EV forms and said that it would provide full details April 13.

After revealing the second-generation Niro late last year, Kia is now providing more information about the second generation of this small hybrid crossover. The 2023 Kia Niro will again be offered in hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and electric forms, with the conventional hybrid set to arrive first.

The Niro hybrid will again use a powertrain that combines a 1.6-liter inline-four gasoline engine, an electric motor, and a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Kia says total output will be 139 horsepower, the same as before, and it will be front-wheel-drive-only. Details aren't yet available on the plug-in-hybrid or electric versions, but they will surely use more powerful electric motors and larger battery packs. Kia has released photos of the Niro EV showing a slightly different front-end design.

Photo credit: Kia
Photo credit: Kia

The 2023 Niro is larger than the old model, with a slightly longer wheelbase, an increase in width, and a 2.5-inch longer body that should provide both more passenger space and extra cargo room. Its styling is taken largely from the HabaNiro concept car and will offer interesting trim customization possibilities: eight exterior colors are on offer, with six color options for the contrasting C-pillar trim and three trim choices for the body cladding.

Inside, the Niro comes with a 10.3-inch touchscreen and a digital gauge cluster like many other new Kia models. A rotary shift knob, previously seen only on the Niro EV, is now standard on the hybrid models as well.

Photo credit: Kia
Photo credit: Kia

We expect to see Kia provide more U.S.-specific information in the coming months, as the Niro is set to go on sale in Korea first with other markets to follow later this year.

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