Kia Niro Taxi Revealed; initially for Korean market only

Named the Kia Niro Plus, the bespoke taxi is based on the first-generation Niro EV.

KIA unveiled a taxi variant of the Niro specially designed for the Korean market, based on the first generation Niro EV. Formerly known as the e-Niro, the new Niro Plus variant features minimal exterior changes, and the majority of them are made inside.

  • Niro plus benefits from improved security and accessibility features
  • Focus on driver and passenger comfort
  • Billed as the brand’s first purpose-built vehicle (PBV)

Kia Niro Plus: what’s different?

In order to increase interior space for passengers, Kia has made the Niro Plus 10mm longer and 80mm taller than the first generation Niro EV. Additionally, the SUV also gets door reflectors and assist handles that improve safety and accessibility.

The Korean automaker has equipped the Niro Plus with a driver-focused all-in-one display in an effort to reduce the number of multiple screens and displays. In addition to enhancing driver safety and convenience, the display provides on-screen information that includes navigation, a digital tachograph, voice recognition and a taxi meter application.

Kia said it aimed to take the first step into the purpose-built vehicle segment via the Niro Plus. The automaker plans to introduce its first bespoke PBV by 2025, and the vehicle will be compatible with several different model shapes and sizes. Meanwhile, Kia had introduced the Niro EV in India by signing a memorandum of understanding with the government of Andhra Pradesh to boost electric mobility in 2018. In 2020, the automaker also introduced the e-Niro as technological demonstration during the Auto Expo.

Launch of Kia India EV: 2022

The automaker is currently working on launch of the EV6with opening of reservations on May 26. After launch, Kia will showcase the new e-Niro and work alongside Hyundai to introduce six new electric vehicles in India by 2024.

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