The Kia Niro has only just gone on sale in Australia, but the launch of the second-generation model isn’t far away.

    Without the black shroud used on earlier prototypes, we can see the new Niro has a front end heavily influenced by 2019 HabaNiro concept, especially with the design for the main headlight pod and the ‘shark nose’.

    The production car won’t be a facsimile of the concept, though. The pop-up butterfly doors have been replaced with more traditional units, and the surfacing looks to be less crisp.

    At the rear, the tail lights bear a distinct influence from the HabaNiro, but we expect a toned down treatment for the tailgate and bumpers.

    Given the production car’s focus on efficiency and low fuel consumption, it’s not a surprise to see the prototype wearing smaller wheels with higher-profile rubber.

    As we’ve seen in photos from July this year, the concept’s hyper-minimalist cabin has been replaced by something far more normal.

    The yoke steering wheel has junked in favour of a regular round steering wheel with two big spokes, and there’s a large rectangular slab at the top of dashboard housing a digital instrumentation display and a touchscreen infotainment system.

    Unlike the Kia EV6, which is based on the E-GMP dedicated EV platform, the new Niro uses an architecture that supports internal combustion engines.

    Buyers of the current Niro can choose between hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and pure electric drivetrains.

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    Derek Fung

    Derek Fung would love to tell you about his multiple degrees, but he's too busy writing up some news right now. In his spare time Derek loves chasing automotive rabbits down the hole. Based in New York, New York, Derek loves to travel and is very much a window not an aisle person.

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