According to the Kia 2022 CEO Investor Day, the automaker has big plans for the rest of the decade, ending in 2030. One of the largest changes will be shifting all of it resources towards electric vehicle (EV) development and releasing two new EVs every year between 2023 and 2027. With a new EV lineup already emerging with the Kia EV6 and the upcoming Kia EV9, some models may be pushed aside. The Kia Optima lineup was wiped clean, replaced with the performance-oriented K5. Several EVs already make up the lineup, and although the Soul EV still goes strong, the Niro EV may be replaced by future models. Here are some reasons to take a look at the Niro EV while you still can.
Power and Driving Dynamics
When it comes to power, consumers may find themselves scratching their heads over horsepower and how much of a difference a couple of units can make. As opposed to gasoline engines, where horsepower is usually the winner, torque is the one bringing home the bacon when it comes to EVs. As opposed to competitors, some who can only offer up to 250 lb-ft of torque from their EVs, the Kia Niro EV can generate up to 291 lb-ft of torque. In addition to the extra torque that the Niro EV can provide, speed is still a fun factor. The 2023 Kia Niro EV can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in about 6.5 seconds.
It’s all thanks to a 64.8 kWh battery that runs a 150kW (201 horsepower) motor. With a total all-electric range of 253 miles and EPA MPGE of 123 in the city and 102 on the highway, the Niro EV can take consumers nearly anywhere with zero carbon emissions. Charging up is also getting easier. With DC fast-charging capability as a standard, consumers can plug the Niro EV into a Level 3 fast charger and recharge from 10-80 percent in less than 45 minutes. Also available is a Level 2 home installation for quick charging at home.
The 2023 Kia Niro EV starting MSRP has yet to be announced, but the 2022 model started at $39,990 (plus destination fee), with the EX Premium starting at $44,650 (plus destination fee). With only two trims, many of the great features were shared across the exterior and the interior. Every Kia Niro EV came with roof rails, rear privacy glass, solar control glass, heated rear glass with timer and wiper, heated outside mirrors with turn signal indicators, automatic headlamps, a rear spoiler, a sound –absorbing windshield, automatic headlamps, and LED daytime running lights. The signature Kia tiger nose grille in the front, sharp side profile of the Aero Blade design, and a striking rear fascia with heartbeat-shaped reflector and boomerang-shaped LED taillights, upscale style continues in the cabin.
Every trim gets dual-zone automatic climate control, a 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, heated front seats, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear shift knob. The EX Premium also enjoys ventilated front seats and leather upholstery. Consumers are rreally spoiled when it comes to technology, with standard features including he new Kia Connect on a 10.25-inch touch screen with voice-command navigation, HD Radio, SiriusXM, Google Android Auto and Apple CarPlay capabilities, steering-wheel-mounted audio phone controls, and Bluetooth wireless voice command.
Kia has increased its suite of advanced safety features over the years, and more models are coming standard with a wide selection. In addition to basic safety features, the 2023 Kia Niro comes with Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) with Forward Collision Avoidance (FCA), Lane Keeping Assist (LKA), Lane Following Assist (LFA), Driver Attention Warning (DAW), Blind Spot Collision Avoidance (BCA) with Parallel Exit, Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Avoidance-Assist (RCCA), and much more. Like all Kia models, the Niro EV also has a great warranty plan to keep drivers covered, starting with a 10-year/100,000 mile warranty program that includes a 10-year/1000,000 mile limited powertrain warranty, 5-year/60,000 mile limited basic warranty, 5-year/100,000 mile limited anti-perforation warranty, and 5-year/60,000 mile roadside assistance plan. Be sure to check out the 2023 Kia Niro EV and ask us about new Kia models available at Miami Lakes Automall.