Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid variants get design refresh to align with the e-Niro EV, along with new customisation options and enhanced driver assistance technologies.

Kia Europe has unveiled a refreshed Niro Hybrid and Niro Plug-in Hybrid for the 2019 Geneva motor show, headlined by design revisions along with new customisation and equipment options.

The exterior changes bring petrol-electric variants in line with the all-electric e-Niro, including new bumpers, a new quad-LED 'ice cube' daytime-running light design, the option of full-LED headlights, new double-arrow LED lights in the front bumper.

Out back, there's revised LED tail-lights, a new bumper, and a silver-painted skid plate treatment with revised reflectors and fog-lights.

Hybrid versions can be had with new 18-inch diamond-cut alloys, while the Plug-in Hybrid is offered with a new 16-inch design.

Inside the updated Niro models a new soft-touch dash top, gloss black trim with silver or satin chrome highlights, an optional 10.25-inch widescreen central display with UVO Connect online apps, and an available 7.0-inch driver's instrument display. An 8.0-inch central touchscreen and 4.2-inch TFT instrument binnacle is standard.

Two colour packs are also now available as part of the refresh, allowing buyers to specify Red-Orange accents which extend from the contrasting stitching to the dash trims, or a Plum pack that brings plum-coloured perforated leather upholstery with warm purple stitching, plum-coloured door armrests and satin chrome dash trim.

Mounted behind the steering wheel are also new paddle shifters for the six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, while a new electric park brake is nestled in the centre console.

Finally, there's bigger rear brakes for improved stopping power.

In terms of driver assistance technology, the Niro Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid get a new stop&go function for the existing adaptive cruise control system, and Lane Following Assist (0-180km/h) for semi-autonomous driving ability.

Carryover equipment (depending on spec) includes autonomous emergency braking, lane-keep assist, driver attention warning, automatic high-beam, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and intelligent speed limit warning.

Both the Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid are powered by a 1.6-litre direct-injected naturally-aspirated petrol engine, paired with a 1.65kWh lithium-ion battery (Hybrid) or 8.9kWh pack (Plug-in Hybrid).

Kia rates the all-electric range for the Plug-in Hybrid at up to 65km on the old NEDC format, or 49km on the combined WLTP standard.

Australia

As far as the Niro is concerned, the local arm is only interested in the all-electric version which is tentatively penciled in for a late 2019 release.

The e-Niro will form one of the two EVs Kia Australia plans to bring to market by 2021, with the other likely to be the new-generation Soul EV.