Next-generation Kia Niro SUV spotted testing

The new Kia Niro is expected to arrive in 2023; we've spotted it testing under a heavy disguise

Kia Niro spy shot

It may be hard to see behind its comprehensive disguise, but this is the next Kia Niro. The heavy covering suggests that there's a radical new look underneath, but we'll have to wait to see more.

However, it's possible to discern some key styling elements if you look hard enough. More rounded headlights sit lower on the front end, with the bonnet taking on a clamshell design.

At the back, there looks to be a set of new vertical tail-lights, while on the car's flanks, new shapes to the doors are another giveaway of a brand-new design. The car is likely to take inspiration from the Kia Habaniro concept that was first shown at the 2019 New York Motor Show.

The current car is a highly popular model for the brand, offered with hybrid, plug-in hybrid and pure-electric drivetrains; in 2019, Kia confirmed that the new car would keep its hybrid options, so we'd be surprised not to see a new e-Niro, too. The brand's commitment to hybrid technology means the new car is unlikely to use the Hyundai Group's e-GMP platform that underpins the Hyundai Ioniq 5.

The new Niro will go up against a huge array of small SUVs when it goes on sale, not least because its wide range of power options will put it in a number of different markets. Key rivals for the next e-Niro will include current models like the Peugeot e-2008 and Vauxhall Mokka-e, but also forthcoming electric SUVs like the Skoda Enyaq iV and Ford's as-yet-unnamed small electric SUV, due in 2023.

It's likely that pure-hybrid rivals will be few and far between by the time 2023 rolls around, with competition likely to come from within the Hyundai Group, plus the latest Honda HR-V and select Toyota models.

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