2023 Kia Niro: Release Date, Price, and Specs

The Kia Niro doesn’t get as much buzz as other Kia SUVs like the Sportage and Sorento, but it has positive attributes like high-level efficiency and affordability. Also, the Niro looks to get even better. This is because Kia gave the Niro an impressive redesign for the 2023 model year. Read more to find out the release date, price, and specs of the redesigned 2023 Kia Niro.

When will the 2023 Kia Niro be released and available?

Side view of Cityscape Green 2023 Kia Niro
Cityscape Green 2023 Kia Niro | Kia

Kia announced that the 2023 Kia Niro compact crossover SUV will be available for sale in South Korea this month (January 2022). The release date for the 2023 Niro in the United States and other international markets will be later in 2022. 

How much does the 2023 Kia Niro cost?

Kia didn’t yet release the price information for the 2023 Niro. However, given the redesign and feature upgrades, the 2023 Niro will likely cost slightly more than the 2022 Niro. The starting prices of the 2022 Niro range from $24,690 MSRP for the base LX trim up to $44,650 MSRP for the Niro EV EX Premium trim.

2023 Kia Niro specs: Hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and electric powertrains

Front view of Cityscape Green 2023 Kia Niro
Cityscape Green 2023 Kia Niro | Kia

Like the 2022 Niro, the 2023 Niro will offer three powertrain options: a hybrid (HEV) powertrain for the standard Niro model, a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) powertrain for the Niro PHEV, and an all-electric powertrain for the Niro EV.

The Niro HEV combines power from a 1.6-liter GDI gasoline engine and a 32kW permanent magnet synchronous electric motor. Mated to a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, the hybrid powertrain generates a total system output of 141 hp.

Kia only released the specs for the 2023 Niro HEV. The South Korean automaker will announce the specs for the 2023 Niro PHEV and 2023 Niro EV at a later date. However, all 2023 Niro models will have a Green Zone Drive Mode feature. With Green Zone Drive Mode, the crossover SUV automatically switches to electric power in certain driving situations. Examples include residential areas and when driving near hospitals and schools.

Exterior design and color options of the 2023 Kia Niro

The exterior of the 2023 Niro features Kia’s new Tiger Face design theme that was first previewed on the HabiNiro concept and recently revealed on the redesigned 2023 Sportage. At the front, the 2023 Niro blends modernistic design elements, such as the “heartbeat” daytime running lights, with rugged design cues, such as plastic cladding and a skid plate. At the rear, notable design features include a heartbeat-shaped rear reflector, verticle LED taillights, and a lower bumper with an integrated skid plate.

Exterior paint color options for the 2023 Niro include:

  • Cityscape Green
  • Snow White Pearl
  • Aurora Black Pearl
  • Mineral Blue
  • Interstella Gray
  • Orange Delight
  • Runway Red
  • Steel Gray

Also, the 2023 Niro will offer six contrasting color combinations for the C-pillars, as well as three contrasting color combinations for the cladding.

2023 Kia Niro: Interior design, features, and trim color options

Dashboard and front seats in 2023 Kia Niro
2023 Kia Niro interior | Kia

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Relative to the 2022 Niro, the cabin of the 2023 Niro has a more upscale and modernistic design. Highlights include 74-color ambient lighting, as well as an off-center dashboard that wraps around the front passengers.

Other notable interior features in the crossover SUV include a 10.25-inch panoramic display, an electronic dial-type shift lever, a wireless smartphone charging pad, and a large-capacity cupholder tray. For the upholstery, the Niro features recycled materials, such as wallpaper, and natural fibers, such as eucalyptus leaves.

Interior trim color options for the 2023 Niro include:

  • Charcoal
  • Medium Gray
  • Petrol
  • Light Warm Gray

As more information becomes available for the redesigned 2023 Kia Niro, we’ll provide updates. This includes the official U.S. release date, price information with the cost for each trim, specs for the Niro PHEV and Niro EV, and a complete list of features and technologies.

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