New Kia Niro EV: first pictures of all-electric crossover

  • New Kia Niro EV: first pictures of all-electric crossover

New Kia Niro EV: first pictures of all-electric crossover

Kia's new all-electric Niro EV is coming, and the first pictures have dropped after its first debut at the 5th International Electric Vehicle Expo in Korea.

The new model was previewed by the Niro EV Concept at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.

On the safety front, the EV retains all of the features of other Niro models, including frontal collision avoidance assist (FCA), lane keeping assist (LKA), smart cruise control (SCC), driver attention warning (DAW) and back collision warning (BCW). It's unclear whether the Niro EV will debut in the USA before the Niro's mid-cycle update, which could be reflected in the CES Concept's styling. It claims the high-capacity 64kWh lithium-polymer battery pack of the new auto makes a 236-mile range possible on a full charge, while a lower-capacity 39.2kWh pack will also be offered, with a range of 149 miles.

A smaller 39;.2-kwh battery will be available overseas, which should give the vehicle 149-mile range.

Kia says it received 5000 orders for the Niro EV in Korea, where it will be go on sale later this year alongside the existing hydrogen fuel cell and plug-in hybrid versions. Inside, the concept's interior boasted backlit perforated leather trim and featured Kia's new HMI infotainment system, which features face and voice-recognition technology to improve security. Both battery packs are more powerful than what's now offered in the Soul EV. The Niro EV is part of Kia's ACE (Autonomous, Connected and Eco/Electric) strategy, with a plan to offer 16 electrified vehicles by 2025.