Kia decided to gift the successful Niro Hybrid compact crossover with an early mid-cycle facelift in 2019, with the model receiving a host of several exterior and interior enhancements alongside improved technology features.
Part of the extensive design refresh, the car now features new projector-type headlamps and fog lamps, a redesigned diamond-pattern grille and chevron-shaped LED daytime running lights on the front end.
At the rear there is a new fake skid plate that is wider and more pronounced for a bolder, more off-road-ready look and a new LED combination taillight design. On the inside the modifications are even more extensive, with the 7-inch instrument cluster having been redesigned alongside the standard 8-inch touchscreen display on the center console. A navigation system with a 10.25-inch screen is optional, as is a premium audio system from Harman Kardon. Sporty paddle shifters to give the driver more control are also optionally available. The so-called Kia Drive Wise Advanced Driver Assistance Systems have been updated to also include Lane Following and Lane Keeping Assist, while the headlights now have a High Beam Assist function. Powertrain and overall exterior and interior dimensions have remained completely unchanged from the non-facelift Niro Hybrid, and so have the performance and fuel economy figures.