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2023 Kia Niro Hybrid Spotted Testing in California

2023 Kia Niro Hybrid Spotted Testing in California

What is firmly considered to be the 2023 Kia Niro Hybrid has been seen testing in California. The Kia has been caught on video which we’ll share below and shows a few changes for this new car.


We have seen the car in the official reveal in Korea last year but this is the first time a North American version has been spotted in the wild.



As you can see, this test model looks a lot like the version we have already seen.


2023 Kia Niro


The 2023 Kia Niro will come in standard gas guise, hybrid and EV versions. The gas engine comes first with the PHEV and EV coming later.


Kia has yet to reveal exact what gas engine to expect but thanks to information we have on the PHEV, we think it will be larger than the 1.6-litre with 32 kW electric motor giving 139 hp and 106 lb-ft of torque.


Exactly what, we just don’t know as yet. The video gives us no clue.


Niro design


The 2023 Kia Niro Hybrid has a more upright design up front with lights in each corner, slightly different turn signals and reflectors front and rear and that familiar two tone paint job we liked so much.


The overall design is very pleasing to the eye. A sharper front end, simple hood design, fluted panels down each side and a slightly sloping roofline.


The two tone paint job was on the lower part of the front finder and lower front door sill and on the rear quarter. In the reveal, the combination looks very good indeed.


The Californian test vehicle had both of those elements, just toned down slightly. It’s good to see such a signanture design make it from concept to release.


We don’t know much about the cabin design of the release version as the video didn’t capture that.


The showcase model had a simple dashboard with side elements build into the door so it looked like a full enclosure. It’s a small design flourish but works very well.


A simple dashboard with digital instruments and touchscreen to one side keeps things simple. Fortunately, there are still proper controls on the steering wheel and for climate, which is a good thing!


We have covered the 2023 Kia Niro before so you know what you’re getting here but it’s good to see a model testing in North America that so closely resembles that showcase model we saw in Korea.


As soon as we know more about the underpinnings and engine options, we’ll update on this blog.


It shouldn’t be too long as the official NA reveal is supposed to be Q1 2022.


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