Spied a few times now, the all-electric Kia E-Niro has been photographed undergoing further testing in Europe.

Seen here in its second-generation form, the exterior is clearly inspired by the 2019 Habaniro concept.

Although it does not feature the same butterfly-wing doors as the concept, it retains the same overall shape – toned down for the production version.

The Habaniro concept featured a “shark nose” rather than Kia’s signature tiger nose grille.

If the next-generation Niro receives the similar grille to the concept it would be the first to go without the company’s go-to grille design. 

In the spy images, the front of the E-Niro is heavily camouflaged, thus nothing is confirmed yet.

The spy photographers pointed out the C-shaped indicators on the mirror that follows a similar design cue as the hockey-stick style tail lights.

Like the current model Kia Niro, the second-generation Niro is expected to be offered in three different powertrains: hybrid, plug-in hybrid and all-electric.

It will not use Hyundai-Kia’s e-GMP dedicated electric vehicle platform and instead continue to use a front-wheel drive platform.

The current first-generation Kia Niro arrived in Australia towards the end of its life-cycle in 2021.

Closely related to the Hyundai Kona, which also features an all-electric version, the current Niro was revealed at the 2016 Chicago motor show.

When it finally arrived on Australian shores, Kia cited global demand and Australia’s emission standards and reasons why it took so long for the Niro to get here.

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Jack Quick

Jack Quick is an automotive journalist based in Melbourne. Jack studied journalism and photography at Deakin University in Burwood, and previously represented the university in dance nationally. In his spare time, he loves to pump Charli XCX and play a bit of Grand Theft Auto. He’s also the proud owner of a blue, manual 2020 Suzuki Jimny.

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