- kia announced minor changes to its niro hybrid and plug-in hybrid at the la auto show today, saying the new models will go on sale in early 2020.
- ev models aren't included by this mid-cycle refresh, but kia may update them separately.
- the changes include some exterior design updates and upgrades to the gauge cluster and infotainment system.
today at the los angeles auto show, kia announced what it's calling a mid-cycle refresh to the niro hybrid for 2020. the changes are minor, but sometimes refraining from ruining a good thing is harder than improving a bad thing, so we'll give kia the benefit of the doubt.
the tweaks include a new diamond-patterned grille, projector-type headlights and led running lights with a new design, a wider (faux) rear skid plate, and new designs for the 16- and 18-inch wheels. inside, the digital gauge cluster has been updated with improved graphics, and the standard center infotainment screen is now 8.0 inches compared to the 7.0-inch standard screen in last year's model. an optional 10.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system is new to the niro for 2020 and will be paired with navigation and a premium audio system.
we're most excited about the niro's new optional paddle shifters, which will give drivers more control over the niro's regenerative braking modes. the niro ev already uses paddle shifters very effectively to allow drivers to choose between four regenerative braking modes. kia didn't provide specifics about how the setup will work in the hybrid, but we're hoping for a similar setup.
an optional parking brake, an optional "mood lighting" package, and the addition of lane-keeping assist and automatic high-beams to the available driver assistance package round out the updates. kia hasn't announced pricing for the 2020 niro yet but says it will be on sale early next year.