When BAuto’s Dinamikjaya Motors took over because the Malaysian distributor for Kia, it introduced 4 new fashions deliberate and certainly one of it’s the Kia Niro. At the moment in its second era, the Niro is Kia’s electrified SUV and is accessible as a hybrid, a plug-in hybrid, and an EV.
On the just lately concluded Singapore Motor Present 2023 held over the weekend, Kia Singapore had simply launched the Kia Niro EV. The Niro Hybrid was launched in 2022 with costs ranging from SGD 150,999 (~RM 497k) whereas the Niro EV begins from SGD 189,999 (~RM 625k).
Although the Niro EV’s costs are revealed, deliveries are solely anticipated to start later in Q1 2023. It is usually the second Kia EV that’s at present obtainable within the little pink dot after the Kia EV6 which begins from SGD 284,999 (~RM 938k).
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Dimensions-wise, the Kia Niro sits between the Honda HR-V and Toyota Corolla Cross. Regardless of that, the Korean SUV has the longest wheelbase among the many trio.
The newest Kia Niro is a a lot better-looking SUV than its blobby predecessor with the long-lasting “Tiger Nostril” grille given a dynamic design that can also be seen in its larger brother, the Sportage. Aerodynamic is the primary purpose for the second-gen Niro with a low drag coefficient (Cd) worth of 0.29 to avoid wasting gas.
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The Niro Hybrid is powered by a 1.6-litre 4-cylinder petrol engine coupled with a 32-kW everlasting magnet synchronous electrical motor (141 PS/264 Nm mixed). This parallel-hybrid unit is paired with a 6-speed DCT automated transmission by way of a shift-by-wire rotary gear.
In the meantime, the Niro EV is juiced up by a 64.8 kWh battery whereas its single electrical motor on the entrance axle makes 201 PS and 255 Nm. It has a variety of 460 km beneath the WLTP check cycle whereas DC quick charging (as much as 85 kW) takes 45 minutes to replenish 10 to 80 per cent.
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Although particulars of the Singapore-spec Niro EV other than the value are nonetheless not revealed, it’s anticipated to have the identical options as the remainder of the world. This contains the Automobile to Load (V2L) characteristic which permits the electrical SUV to energy up home equipment throughout emergencies.
As for the Niro Hybrid, comfort options supplied embrace a hands-free energy tailgate, a sunroof, ambient lighting, wi-fi charger, together with wi-fi Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
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The slim entrance seats’ headrests additionally double up as a coat hanger/purchasing bag hook which might be an necessary characteristic for shopaholics. Moreover, the seat supplies are bio-synthetic leather-based which is constituted of eucalyptus bushes, so it additionally will get inexperienced factors from environmentalists.
Talking of inexperienced, the Niro Hybrid comes with Inexperienced Zone Drive Mode which is Kia’s fancy method of calling electric-only mode. This characteristic will be set by geo-fencing or pre-set by the motive force as they enter a residential or college space.
The Singapore-spec Niro Hybrid can also be full of security options together with Lane-Maintaining Help (LKA), Blind-spot Collision-avoidance Help (BCA), Ahead Collision-Avoidance Help (FCA), and Good Cruise Management (SCC).
The Singapore-spec Niro Hybrid is fully-imported (CBU) from South Korea although there are native meeting (CKD) plans for the Malaysian-spec Niro. Its launch gained’t be so quickly nonetheless because the third Kia mannequin to be launched beneath Dinamikjaya would possible be the Kia Sorento.
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