Kia Australia has released local pricing for the 2023 Kia Niro and its e-Niro sibling not long after its global reveal. Now priced from $44,380 plus on-road costs, the new Niro will only be offered in hybrid and e-Niro fully electric forms with a clean sheet design, new features and even the debut of Kia Connect services, which gives owners access to some of the car’s functions through their smartphones.

“This is an exciting time for the Kia brand and particularly for the team at Kia Australia,” says Kia’s Chief Operating Officer, Damien Meredith.

“We are very pleased with the design, features, technology and eco credentials of the all-New Niro range and it might just take Australian new car buyers by surprise.”

From the outside, the 2023 Kia Niro and e-Niro appear all-new thanks to their clean sheet design. They’re more modern than before with angular headlights and tailights, new wheels and even a contrasting rear blade on GT-Line models (depending on colour).

But while the exterior is more modern than before, the interior of the 2023 Kia Niro has arguably moved forward with a high-tech, modern and clean dashboard with higher quality and recycled materials used throughout. A dual-10.25-inch infotainment and digital driver’s screen set up is used for GT-Line models, while the GT-Line also has a 10-inch heads-up display.

Under the bonnet of the 2023 Kia Niro and e-Niro twins are similar drivetrains to the old Niro. The hybrid pairs a 1.6-litre petrol engine with an electric motor for a total output of 104kW and 265Nm. It draws its power from a 1.56kWh lithium-ion battery pack that’s mounted underneath the rear seat and its combined fuel consumption is 4.0L/100km. It uses a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.

The e-Niro uses a 150kW/255Nm electric motor powering the front wheels. Its power comes from a 64.8kWh lithium-ion battery pack that can be charged from 10 to 80 per cent in as little as 45 minutes using a 100kW DC charger. Using a 7kW wall charger gives a full charge in nine hours and 45 minutes. Kia quotes a full range of 460km.

Standard equipment on the entry-level 2023 Kia Niro S hybrid ($44,380 plus on-road costs) includes 16-inch alloy wheels, automatic halogen headlights with LED daytime running lights and front and rear fog lights, heated and auto-folding mirrors, an 8.0-inch touchscreen with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, digital radio, a six-speaker sound system, dual-zone climate control, cloth and faux leather upholstery, an eight-way electrically adjustable driver’s seat and a urethane steering wheel.

Safety kit includes eight airbags, auto emergency braking (AEB) with pedestrian, cyclist and intersection assistance, adaptive cruise control with stop and go functionality, lane keep assist with lane follow assist, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert (both with braking), driver attention monitoring with leading vehicle departure alert, a reversing camera with rear parking sensors and an alarm.

The e-Niro S ($65,300) adds 17-inch wheels, a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster, auto wipers, a gloss two-tone grille, a leather steering wheel with paddle shifters and keyless entry and start.

Moving to the Niro GT-Line hybrid ($50,030) from the base S adds 18-inch wheels, LED headlights, a 10.25-inch touchscreen with satellite navigation, a 10-inch heads-up display, heated and ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, remote parking functionality, laminated front and rear privacy glass, metal scuff plates and pedals, wireless phone charging, front LED ambient lighting with 64 colour choices, rear auto braking, safe exit assist, front parking sensors, another rear map pocket and two-tone paint options.

The e-Niro GT-Line ($72,100) swaps the GT-Line hybrid’s 18-inch wheels for 17s and adds an eight-speaker Harman Kardon sound system, a sunroof and LED interior lighting.

Available colour options for the 2023 Kia Niro include the no-cost ‘Clear White’, as well as the extra cost (Kia is yet to specify how much extra) ‘Mineral Blue’, ‘Cityscape Green’, ‘Steel Grey’, ‘Aurora Black’, ‘Snow White Pearl’, ‘Interstellar Grey’ and ‘Runway Red’. ‘Mineral Blue’ and ‘Cityscape Green’ come with a black coloured contrasting C-pillar on the GT-Line, while ‘Snow White Pearl’ comes with a grey C-pillar and lower trim on the e-Niro GT-Line. Interior colouring is solely black.

2023 Kia Niro pricing (plus on-road costs):

  • Niro hybrid S: $44,380
  • Niro hybrid GT-Line: $50,030
  • e-Niro S: $65,300
  • e-Niro GT-Line: $72,100
  • Premium paint: TBC

The 2023 Kia Niro and e-Niro are available to order now. Stay tuned to DiscoverAuto for the latest automotive news and reviews.

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