Kia Motors has revealed its all-new Niro EV at the 2018 Busan International Motor Show in Korea. The claimed range is 280 miles. In addition to the Niro EV, Kia Motors also unveiled two other vehicles at the show. The Kia SP Concept – first unveiled at the 2018 AutoExpo in India – makes its Korean debut, and hints at Kia’s future SUV design vision. The Kia Stinger GT Wide Body also makes its Korean debut, following its introduction at the 2017 SEMA show in Las Vegas in the USA.
Emilio Herrera, Chief Operating Officer of Kia Motors Europe, commented: “The Soul EV – Kia’s first globally-sold electric vehicle – has proved popular with European buyers, with growing interest in zero-emissions vehicles. The Niro’s new all-electric powertrain rounds off a trio of low-emissions powertrains available to European buyers, alongside the current hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions. A combination of cool crossover design and advanced powertrains led to more than 28,000 Niro sales across Europe in 2017, making it one of our best-selling models. The Niro EV further demonstrates the progress Kia has made in delivering comfortable, practical and fun-to-drive vehicles that lead the way in zero-emissions driving.”
Following the Busan Motor Show, the Niro EV will go on sale in Korea during the second half of 2018, and will be introduced to other markets – including Europe – in due course. UK on-sale date, pricing and specification will be announced later.
Taking inspiration from the Niro EV Concept unveiled at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the exterior of the Niro EV is based on a ‘Clean and High-tech’ design concept. Its futuristic and aerodynamic ‘tiger-nose’ grille features an integrated charging port, bearing a debossed Niro logo. Redesigned air intakes and new arrowhead-shaped LED daytime running lights combine with light blue trim highlights to make it stand out further.
In Europe, the Niro EV will be equipped with a high-capacity 64 kWh lithium-polymer battery pack, providing, according to Kia, a driving range of more than 280 miles on a single charge with zero emissions. Plugged into a 100 kW fast charger, it takes 54 minutes to recharge the Niro EV’s battery to 80 per cent. Buyers will also be to specify their Niro EV with an optional 39.2 kWh lithium-polymer battery pack, with a claimed range of up to 186 miles from a single charge.
Power is provided to the front wheels through a 150 kW (204 ps) motor, producing 395Nm torque from a standstill, enabling the Niro EV to accelerate from 0 to 100 kph (62 mph) in 7.8 seconds. The battery pack is located low down in the body, beneath the trunk floor.