Looks like perhaps this is a good deal for Whatever after all. Certainly he is the best, final judge of that.
Depending on your timeline, it may be worth waiting till Nov to see if lease rates may go down with this weeks reduction in the Fed rate. On the other hand if you have found a model with your prefered color and features, you could check on car Guru to see how many similar cars are on the lot in your area. If it is indeed "in short supply" then now may be the time. I do see that they are still shipping new PHEVs in the Seattle area.
2019 Snow White Niro PHEV EX Premium w SR
Other car: 2015 Subaru Outback 2.5i Ltd