Marcus De Guzman / Carpix for AutoIndustriya.com | November 07, 2017 10:27
Electric version of Kia Niro sighted over in Germany, could debut in Q1 of 2018
The Kia Niro hybrid will soon be joined by an all-electric version after our spies recently recently sighted the prototype Niro EV being tested over in Germany. It was spotted alongside the Hyundai Kona EV which may likely also get the same type of technologies.
Despite the heavy camouflage, it appears that the Niro EV will still largely resemble its hybrid counterpart. Up front, we see the signature headlights and covered-up 'tiger-nose' grill peeking out the black camo. The foglights, on the other hand appeared to have reshaped.
Over to the side, it looks like Kia made some minor alterations on the doors and rear quarter panels of the Niro EV, possibly hinting it may get some kind of design revision. The rear is by far the most heavily camouflaged portion of the Niro EV, with only the taillights and back window only being seen.
When released, the Niro EV will apparently come in two different power stages; 39.2 kWh and 64.2 kWh. With both the Niro EV and Kona EV expected to have a bigger battery, both crossovers could could have a maximum range of 500 km. In reality however, its real range could drop to 300 – 350 km.
The Kia Niro EV could make its official at the 2018 Geneva International Auto Show.