The second-generation Kia Niro EV has been unveiled at the ongoing 2023 Singapore Motor Show just weeks after the new Niro Hybrid was launched in the country. This generation of Niro made its debut back in 2021 and has already been introduced in several markets across the globe. It comes available as a hybrid, a plug-in hybrid, and an EV.
Both inside and out, the aesthetics of Kia’s current range of electric vehicles exude a tasteful blend of futuristic and elegant sophistication. The Niro EV cuts a smart silhouette as it carves a visual identity that is compelling, yet unmistakeably Kia. Spec-wise and style-wise, the Niro EV has plenty of panache that lets it stand toe-to-toe with its European contenders.
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The battery-powered crossover offers more space and a slightly bigger battery than its predecessor. Its wheelbase has grown by 20mm to 2,720mm, which results in more interior space & passenger comfort. Though details of the Singapore-spec Niro EV apart from the price are still not revealed, it is expected to have the same features as the rest of the world. This includes the Vehicle to Load (V2L) feature which allows the electric SUV to power up appliances during emergencies.
Kia Niro EV at the 2023 Singapore Motor Show
The Niro Hybrid was launched in Singapore in late 2022 with prices starting from SGD 150,999 (~PKR 2.6 crore) while the Niro EV starts from SGD 189,999 (~PKR 3.2 crore) with deliveries expected to begin later in Q1 2023.
Kia Niro Hybrid at the 2023 Singapore Motor Show
The Kia Niro Hybrid in Singapore is powered by a 1.6-liter 4-cylinder petrol engine coupled with a 32-kW permanent magnet synchronous electric motor (141 PS/264 Nm combined). This parallel-hybrid unit is paired with a 6-speed DCT automatic transmission via a shift-by-wire rotary gear. Meanwhile, the Niro EV is juiced up by a 64.8 kWh battery while its single electric motor on the front axle makes 201 PS and 255 Nm. It boasts a range of 460 km under the WLTP test cycle while DC fast charging (up to 85 kW) takes 45 minutes to replenish 10 to 80% of the battery. The Niro EV can do a 0-100 km/h sprint in 7.8 seconds.
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Crucially, however, the new Kia Niro qualifies for Category A COE (Certificate of Entitlement) in Singapore, while its predecessor (pictured below) was a Category B car. Category A is for Cars with engine capacity of up to 1,600cc & power output of 97kW. Whereas Category B is Cars with engine capacity above 1,600cc or a power output of 97kW.
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