Rear view of red 2020 Kia Niro with "Next-generation Kia Niro" white text and red question marks

How Will Kia Update its Flagship Hybrid Crossover?

2021 Kia Niro Predictions and Speculations 

The award-winning Kia Niro crossover first made its debut among the Kia lineup as a 2017 model and in the last three model years since then, it has received a few updates and refreshes. The Niro is a fan favorite here in Tampa Bay thanks to its eco-minded performance and attractive exterior design.  

A standout among its class, many shoppers are curious how Kia will update this flagship hybrid crossover when the time comes for a complete redesign. Our team at Friendly Kia has made a few predictions and speculations on what is to come for the 2021 Kia Niro and its next generation on the market. See what we think this Kia will bring and offer below. 

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Second-Generation Kia Niro Speculations 

The 2020 Kia Niro is the latest addition to the Niro family of vehicles, and it is still in its first-generation run. Our team anticipates that the second generation of Niro models won’t join the automotive scene until 2022. That being said, it is likely that the 2021 Kia Niro will bring just a few minor updates when it joins the Kia lineup and keep its changes simple in anticipation of the 2022 release.  

“But why?” you may be shouting to the sky as you shake your fists. Kia tends to stick to a five-year cycle when it comes to their vehicle redesigns. With this timeline in mind, we are expecting to see the first member of the second-generation Kia Niro lineup in 2022.  

Closeup of seats in 2020 Kia Niro
2020 Niro
Center console in 2020 Kia Niro
2020 Niro
Closeup of steering wheel in 2020 Kia Niro
2020 Niro

Next-Generation Kia Niro Will Bring Updated Design 

Based on the trends of the rest of the Kia lineup we are anticipating seeing a 2022 Kia Niro model that is proportionally about the same size as its first-generation models. While we expect the size to remain the same, we anticipate it will have a more angular exterior design. Similar to the rest of the Kia lineup upgrade, we predict that the exterior of the Niro will appear more chiseled and defined. 

Along with its updated overall look, our team expects that the 2022 Kia Niro will bring in redesigned headlights and taillights along with a few more key design changes that will set its second generation apart from the first.  

The 2022 Kia Niro is expected to bring a redesigned interior to match its updated exterior look. We predict the interior will look a little more along the lines of what we are seeing in the 2021 Kia Seltos. We anticipate the infotainment center will shift up in the center stack instead of being nestled in the middle, but we hope the current sporty feel of the Niro crossover’s interior remains the same.  

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Keep Up to Date with Kia News at Friendly Kia 

The Friendly Kia blog is Tampa Bay’s go-to source of new Kia news. Stay tuned to our blog for the latest Kia updates and even more information on what may be to come for the 2021 Niro and next-generation 2022 Kia Niro. What do you predict that the Niro will bring in its next generation? Do you agree with our predictions and speculations? Head over to the Friendly Kia inventory to get a look at our current lineup of Niro models in New Port Richey.