Kia Connect – Kia Australia has confirmed all-new Niro will be making its local debut in late June and will also be introducing local new car buyers to Kia’s high-tech connectivity feature.
- The next-generation Kia Niro combines innovation and user convenience
- High-tech Kia Connect telematics feature fits seamlessly into everyday life
- Powertrain options deliver outstanding efficiency
- GT-Line takes on role as new flagship trim with an array of upgraded features
As an important part of Kia’s growing eco-friendly model line-up, the next-generation Niro has been designed from the ground up to meet the complex and varied needs of today’s sustainability conscious consumers and customers who simply want a high tech and advanced Small SUV.
Premium and eco-friendly materials create a minimalist contemporary feel while modernistic digital displays and interior controls, have been optimally placed to further enhance the user-friendly operating experience.
“All-new Niro is a substantial step forward over the outgoing generation and an accurate representation of how far the Kia brand has evolved in just a few years” said Kia Australia’s Chief Operating Officer, Damien Meredith.
“The past year has been an exciting time for Kia in Australia, particularly when it comes to electric vehicles, with electrified variants being added to our Large SUV Sorento range and the recent introduction of EV6 which is proving to be more popular than we could have ever imagined. I am looking forward to what Kia will be bringing to the table over the next 12 months, starting with Niro.”
The all-new Niro will be launched with two highly efficient FWD electrified powertrains, hybrid electric (HEV) and full electric (EV), and both variants will be available with a choice of two specification options: the base S trim and the newly appointed flagship GT-Line trim (previously Sport).
A highly efficient Smartstream 1.6-litre GDI engine featuring improved cooling, friction and combustion technologies helps power the HEV models. The powerplant ensures competitive fuel efficiency, with the all-new Niro HEV capable of achieving 4.0 litres/100 kms combined fuel consumption.
The four-cylinder unit produces a maximum output of 77.2kW along with 144 Nm of torque. When combined with the 32kW permanent magnet synchronous electric motor, the HEV model produces a combined maximum power output of 104kW and 265 Nm of torque.
The 1.6-litre GDI engine is mated to the second-generation 6-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission (6DCT) that has been carefully engineered and optimised to increase efficiency and reduce weight.
The 64.8kWh electric option is paired with a Single Speed Transmission (reduction gear), provides 150kW power and 255Nm of torque, and a single charge driving range of 460 kilometres.
Kia’s smart regenerative braking system enables drivers to choose from a series of regeneration levels to easily slow the car and recuperate kinetic energy to maximise driving range. The system can calculate the amount of regeneration required using radar and road gradient information. The system allows the car to harvest the maximum amount of energy from its brakes while bringing the vehicle to a gentle halt.
The all-new Niro’s dimensions have grown over its predecessor, with a length measuring 4,420mm, a width of 1,825mm, a height of 1,545mm HEV/1,570mm EV, and a wheelbase of 2,720mm (increased length 65mm HEV/45mm EV, width 20mm and wheelbase 20mm).
As a result, the all-new Niro awards its occupants with a spacious environment where they can relax, get comfortable and enjoy every journey.
The safety credentials of the all-new Niro range have been boosted offering extra active and passive safety equipment over the outgoing model with Centre Side Airbag, Multi Collision Braking, ECM (Electronic Chromic Mirror), Blind Spot Collision Avoidance Assist (BCA), Rear Cross Traffic Collision Avoidance Assist (RCCA) and Intelligent Speed Limit Assist (ISLA) as standard across all trim levels.
To suitably represent the change to GT-Line as the new top trim, both HEV and EV GT-Line variants offer an extensive list of upgraded features such as Ventilated Seats (Front), Heated Steering Wheel, 10.25″ Digital Driver Cluster, Head-Up Display (HUD), RSPA (Remote Smart Parking Assist) (Entry), Power Opening Tailgate, Wireless Charger (Phone), Telematics (Kia Connect) and Smart Key (FOB) & Push Button Start.
The EV GT-Line, representing the flagship model of the range, also receives Power Tilt and Sliding Sunroof, Premium Relaxation Seat, 8 Speaker Harmon/Kardon Premium Sound System and V2L (Vehicle 2 Load.
The all-new Kia Niro will also be the launch pad for the local introduction of Kia’s telematics system; Kia Connect.
Kia Connect provides customer benefits in safety and security, control, connectivity, and LIVE services by using telematics to transfer real time data such as weather and traffic information, charging station information and more.
An advanced Voice Car Control system featuring Natural Voice Recognition technology allows occupants to control key vehicle systems such as temperature and audio settings without lifting a finger.
The Kia Connect smartphone app will also allow users to connect with their vehicle remotely. Drivers can sync calendars, plan journeys with online navigation and access onboard features including live traffic alerts and real-time weather forecasts. An End Destination Guidance feature helps customers navigate to their destination on foot once their all-new Niro is parked using Google Maps and augmented reality (AR) technology. Valet Mode enables customers to monitor their vehicle remotely when it is being driven by another user, providing added peace of mind.
Kia Connect will be available as standard on both the HEV and EV GT-Line trims and offers features such as:
- Various remote controls of the vehicle via smartphone
- Remote engine start
- Remote climate control
- Remote door lock/unlock
- Remote seat heating/ventilation control
- Check vehicle status
- Valet Parking mode
- Kia Connect Live Services
- Emergency call (Safety and Security)
- Vehicle Tracking (Safety and Security)
- Stolen Vehicle Ignition Control (Safety and Security)
- Send Destination 2 Car (from Smartphone)
- Local Search
- Voice Control (eg.Temperature/Weather info/Handsfree call)
- Integrate personal calendar and show calendar events
- EV Charging Station locations
Further specification and pricing details for all-new Niro will be available closer to launch.