In the overwhelming majority of instances, a automotive’s new era successfully replaces the previous one. Every at times, there may be an exception. The Niro is certainly one of them as the unique mannequin launched in 2016 is sticking round although Kia just lately launched its successor. Renamed Niro Plus, the crossover has not solely gained the up to date company badge, but in addition a minor bump in dimension as it has been stretched and comes with a barely taller roof.
The Kia Niro Plus was unveiled on the finish of April when Kia referred to as it a purpose-built car meant for taxi operators in addition to for ride-hailing companies. Interestingly, we have now realized there may be additionally a camper model, which it too has been elongated by 10 millimeters (0.4 inches) whereas the peak has elevated by 80 mm (3.1 in). Consequently, there’s now a tad extra headroom and legroom for the passengers sitting within the again.
The good people over at Asian Petrolhead spent some high quality time with the area of interest car, which now comes with a seize deal with on the B-pillar and a pink reflector constructed into the rear door playing cards for added security. The tenting objects can be found as an adjunct and fluctuate from an air mattress and a desk to a chair and a storage bag. Optionally, the plus-sized Niro will be fitted with a tailgate protector and a removable desk. Various storage nets and a family energy socket bolster the crossover’s outdoorsy nature.
While the video options the purely electrical mannequin, Kia additionally sells the Niro Plus as a plug-in hybrid. Although folks out there for a tiny camper do not actually care about 0 to 60 mph occasions, we are able to see the EV accomplished the dash in an honest 6.9 seconds. Since it isn’t a lot greater than the common first-generation mannequin, it does not really feel all that totally different behind the wheel.
At the top of the day, the Niro Plus is an trustworthy automotive we wouldn’t thoughts seeing exterior of its home market as a extra reasonably priced different to the newer and fancier mannequin.