Kia Niro gets a specially designed taxi model for Korea Car News

The Kia Niro now has a taxi variant, kicking off the company in the purpose-built vehicle (PBV) market.

Called Kia Niro Plus, the taxi is based on the first-generation Kia Niro EV (formerly called Kia e-Niro).

It is 10mm longer and 80mm taller than the standard Niro in an effort to increase interior space. Kia says much of the interior trim has been lightened, with slimmer seats and door trim. Door reflectors and assist handles have also been added to improve safety and accessibility.

The driver benefits from an all-in-one integrated display which Kia says improves safety and convenience and eliminates the need for multiple devices and displays. On-screen information includes navigation, a digital tachograph, voice recognition and a taxi meter app.

Kia announces its goal to become a leader in the PBV market by 2030. The automaker’s first bespoke PBV is expected to be introduced in 2025 and will be compatible with several different model shapes and sizes.

Sangdae Kim, head of Kia’s eLCV business division, said: “Kia is transforming its business strategy to focus on popularizing electric vehicles and introducing new mobility products tailored to user needs in markets around the world.

“The Niro Plus is our first step into the world of PBVs, a market that holds great potential for future development.”

There are currently no plans for the Niro Plus to come to the UK or mainland Europe, although Kia says other markets are being considered.

A non-taxi version of the Niro Plus, used for professional and recreational purposes, will reach overseas markets later this year. Mild and plug-in hybrid variants should also be available.

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This notice was published: 2022-04-27 11:00:18

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