The redesigned Kia Niro isn’t exactly hiding these days. After all, it was officially revealed to the world in November 2021, although it took Kia a few more months to finally come up with the specs for the vehicle. Additionally, the revelation was based in South Korea; another debut for the US market has yet to happen.
That’s why we share this interesting video capturing the Niro in public. Specifically, this sighting comes from California near Kia’s design center and is believed to be a US spec model. That being said, don’t expect any significant differences, visually or otherwise. We see the exact same bold styling on the exterior, but on closer inspection you’ll see a pronounced amber reflector in the corner of the headlight housing. Such is life in the United States.
The video also captures the rear, where the raised boomerang taillights still remind us of the HabaNiro concept. There’s a second set of lights down in the rear bumper, and we see it’s not just the reverse lights. The red sections are reflectors, but an orange LED strip comes to life for the turn signals. It looks like the signals are only low, leaving the boomerangs for taillights and brake lights only. Here’s hoping these low mount turn signals are still visible to drivers of taller vehicles from a slightly safe distance.
It is not yet known which powertrains Kia will offer on the 2023 Niro in the United States. Details on the standard hybrid were only recently shared by the automaker, with the little mover still using a 1.6-liter engine with electric assist to generate a combined 139 horsepower (104 kilowatts). Plug-in hybrid and full EV versions are coming later, and while they should reach US shores, that’s not confirmed yet.
We expect Kia to make its official US debut for the Niro in the first quarter of 2022, with a later launch for the 2023 model year.