Jose Altoveros / Kia | May 08, 2018 15:04
Kia officially reveals Niro EV with over 380 km of range
Earlier this year, Kia introduced the all-electric Niro EV concept at CES 2018 in Las Vegas. It closely resembled the Niro plug-in hybrid, save for some futuristic design cues, and was powered by an electric motor which had a range of 383 km. Now, the Korean automaker has made a surprise reveal of the production model Niro EV at the 5th International Electric Vehicle Expo in Jeju, South Korea.
Compared to the concept, the production Niro EV has been toned down and looks more at home with its road-going counterparts. Up front, gone is the display screen grill found on the concept. Instead, the Niro EV's Tiger Nose grill is completely covered, and has an intergrated flap to hide the charging port. It also sports a revised lower front bumper with arrow shaped LED daytime-running-lights and relocated fog lights.
Rounding off the external revision are newly designed, dual-tone 5-spoke wheels. To signify that the car is electric, the exterior accents and trim have been finished in blue-green color.
Apart from the external revisions, full specifications regarding the Niro EV's powertrain has yet to be revealed. Kia did say, however, that it can be had with either a 64 kWh battery pack which allows it to have a maximum range of 380 km range or a 39.2 kWh battery which gives it a 240 km range. Safety features such as Frontal Collision Avoidance Assistance , Lane Keeping Assistance, and Smart Cruise Control will also be available.
That said, it is possible that the Niro EV shares the same powertrain as the Kona EV as both power units are also offered on the smaller SUV. In the Kona, the 64kWh battery is powered by 201 PS electric motor. Meanwhile, the 39.2kWh battery comes with a 133 PS electric motor.
Hyundai is set to officially debut the Niro EV at the upcoming Paris Motor Show this October. Expect full details about Hyundai's latest electric vehicle then.