It's good that the Canadian version will have a heat pump, although battery heating would seem to be of equal or greater importance in parts of the country away from the coasts, as winter temps will frequently be below the point at which resistive heating will be used in any case.
The lack of a heat pump is critical in U.S. states below the northern tier, and why on earth Hyundai wouldn't at least offer both as options here is baffling. Hopefully it's just media error, but it wouldn't hurt to contact Hyundai/Kia and make your feelings known, and I did (to Kia) as follows:
I live in the S. F. Bay Area, but am a cross-country skier. I've been driving Subarus for the past 30 years and have been v. satisfied with them, but want to go ZEV for my next car. Hwy range, especially in winter, is crucial for me to do so, and only having resistive heat when the temps are usually well above the teens will waste energy on heating that could be used for range with a heat pump. While active battery heating isn't as much of an issue for me, downhill skiers who can charge at resorts and those who live in colder parts of the country need it. Both these features should be available, if not standard, for North American customers.
My Subies have been AWD, as I hate putting chains on when I don't need them, and owing to the way California implements chain controls (usually skipping direct from R1 to R3, so having 2WD with snow tires is rarely allowed), there are many occasions when you have to put them on and remove them more than once in a trip. For anyone who lives at low level but drives up to the Sierra to ski, having AWD is a major convenience, even if it's not really needed for grip most of the time. Much as I and many outdoorsy types want to go ZEV, if the Niro is to capture a significant portion of the skiing crowd, it will need AWD.
Finally, while it's become rare to have spaces for them, those of us who take long trips to remote places, including a fair amount of driving on dirt roads, want a (preferably full-size) spare.