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2020 Kia Niro Hybrid Goes Under The Knife, Adds New Tech

As it approaches its fourth birthday, the Kia Niro Hybrid has underwent a mid-cycle refresh, emerging with updated styling and new technology features at the 2019 Los Angles Auto Show.

Compared to the outgoing model, the new one has redesigned front and rear bumpers, wider skid plates, LED DRLs, LED taillights and new 16- and 18-inch wheels.

The 7-inch instrument cluster has been restyled for the 2020MY and an 8-inch infotainment system equips base models. Upgrade, and you will get the 10.25-inch screen, as well as the Harman/Kardon premium sound system and mood lighting with six different colors, while an electronic parking brake, paddle shifters and regenerative braking control are available as optional extras.

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Speaking about the restrained updates of the 2020 Niro Hybrid, KMA’s President, Michael Cole, said: “It’s difficult to improve on a winning formula, but we’re always striving to improve every product we sell, and the enhanced 2020 Niro provides new owners the latest and greatest while retaining the value, utility and performance of the original Niro.”

Enhancing the suite of safety systems are the optional Lane Following Assist, Lane Keeping Assist and High Beam Assist.

The powertrain carries over with no changes and combines a 1.6-liter gasoline engine with an electric motor and a 1.56 kWh lithium-ion-polymer battery. The total output is 139 HP (141 PS / 104 kW) at 5,700 rpm and 195 lb-ft (264 Nm) of torque at 4,000 rpm and, on 16-inch wheels, it returns an EPA-estimated 52/49/50 mpg (4.5/4.8/4.7 l/100 km) in city/highway/combined.

Kia will launch the facelifted Niro Hybrid early next year, with pricing to be announced in due course. The 2019MY has an MSRP of $23,490. Moreover, the 2020 Niro PHEV will get identical updates, according to the Korean automaker, and will go on sale in early 2020 as well.