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November 25, 2021

The 2022 Kia Niro Features The Widest "Tiger Face" Yet

Kia continues to adopt its new wide-set tiger face (in place of the tiger nose), and the next vehicle to receive the treatment is the 2022 Niro SUV.

Unveiled at the Seoul Mobility Show, the Niro is an embodiment of the Korean carmaker’s commitment to building a more sustainable future.

Completely redesigned from the ground up, the all-new Niro has been developed under the company’s Opposites United design philosophy.

Kia’s signature ‘tiger face’ has been transformed for the all-new Niro and now extends from the hood, right through to the fender below. The contemporary front design is finished with striking ‘heartbeat’ LED DRL (daytime running lights). At the back a wide pillar enhances air flow to improve aerodynamics and blends into the boomerang-shaped vertical rear taillights.

Unique to the Plug-In Hybrid version of the Niro, it can automatically switch from hybrid to pure EV drive mode in areas marked as “green zones” such as residential areas, schools, and hospitals. It can also recognize a driver’s favorite places, including home and office registered in the navigation system as a green zone. The Niro is also available in Hybrid Electric (HEV) and purely electric (EV) flavors.

Inside, the Niro uses recycled materials. The headlining is made from recycled wallpaper, the seats are made from Bio PU with Tencel from eucalyptus leaves, and BTX-free paint is used on the door panels to minimize the impact on the environment and reduce waste.

In terms of design, the off-center dash curves around the front occupants with horizontal and diagonal lines opposing each other. The center-console is easy to operate and features the electronic dial-type shift lever. It is positioned on the wide high-gloss black surface for a simple and modern look. The audio-visual screen and air vents are incorporated within the diagonal gaps of the modern dash design, while ambient mood lighting heightens the senses and creates a welcoming interior.

The slim, contemporary seats enhance roominess, comfort and style by applying a high-tech lightweight seat mechanism. The headrests’ back cover incorporates a convenient coat hanger, while the slim dimensions of the headrest help to increase the feeling of space.

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