Kia has unveiled a new all-electric version of the Niro at the fifth International Electric Vehicle Expo in South Korea.
Due to receive its European debut at the Paris Motor Show in October, the sporty and versatile Niro EV combines driving enjoyment with eye-catching design and functional utility.
Designed at Kia’s design centres in California, USA and Namyang, Korea, the Niro EV incorporates the practicality and appeal of a compact SUV, in a sleek, aerodynamic body with subtly sculptured surfaces.
Taking inspiration from the Niro EV Concept unveiled at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the Niro EV features an exclusive radiator grille, futuristic air intake and arrowhead-shaped LED daytime running lights. With a “clean and high-tech” design concept, the slim character line and tapered rear windows emphasise the car’s sleek profile, while allowing greater room for the Niro EV’s muscular wheel arches.
The Niro EV is powered by Kia’s next-generation electric vehicle powertrain, using new production technologies developed specifically for Kia EVs. Equipped with a high-capacity 64kWh lithium-polymer battery pack, the Niro EV will be expected to drive over 450km on a single charge with zero emissions, or more than 300km on an optional 39.2 kWh battery system.
The Niro EV demonstrates the considerable steps Kia has made over recent years to deliver comfortable, fun-to-drive vehicles that lead the way in zero emissions motoring.
Kia says the Niro EV will go on sale in Korea during the second half of 2018 and then be introduced to other markets in due course.