Kia has unveiled at the Seoul Motor Show the new generation of the Niro, a compact crossover available with hybrid, plug-in or 100% electric engines. Completely redesigned from scratch, the Niro has been developed by the design team led by Karim Habib, following the company’s Opposites United styling philosophy inaugurated by the electric EV6. The inspiration from nature is also shown by the choice of colors, materials and finishes that aim to find a balance aimed at environmental sustainability.

In the Niro, the influence of the Habaniro concept car unveiled in 2019 is strong, from the layout of the front with few air intakes to the design of headlights and daytime running lights to the choice of several elements with contrasting colors. The styling research was also geared towards efficiency: a wide pillar at the rear improves airflow by reducing resistance and merges with the boomerang-shaped tail lights.

Kia’s typical “Tiger Face” has been further evolved on this model and now extends from the hood to the fenders below. The design of the headlamps creates a rather incisive styling of the rear, defining the shoulders of the vehicle, while a certain dynamism is given by the choice of coloring the last pillar in contrast to the rest of the body.

For the Niro, the designers have chosen upholstery made from recycled materials: the headlining, for example, is made from recycled wallpaper, the seats are made from Bio PU with Tencel from eucalyptus leaves, while the door panels use BTX-free paint to minimise environmental impact. The general lines of the passenger compartment reflect those seen on the EV6, with horizontal and diagonal lines that surround the driver and passengers with the intention of creating a relaxing atmosphere. In particular, the two large displays for instrumentation and infotainment control stand out, enclosed in a single element without bezels.