Kia first showcased the Niro EV concept at CES in January earlier this year and it is based on the hybrid version of Niro which was launched last year in UK
Kia Niro EV officially revealed in Korea. The EV model is based on the hybrid version of Niro which was launched last year in UK. The Niro and Ioniq from Hyundai share same platform as both of these products get same engine and features. Kia first showcased the Niro EV concept at CES in January earlier this year. The company promised during CES that the production model will be launched later this year.
The production version of Niro EV gets some changes compared to regular and concept model. Instead of the grille, the concept had a display but the production model won’t get it. The front get closed grille instead of open vents for the hybrid version as EV doesn’t need air and it helps for better aerodynamic efficiency also. The bumper also gets some changes to make it better to cut through the air.
On the side, the changes are limited to new alloy wheels which are again designed to channel air. At the rear, Kia has given new bumper to make it look different from the standard model. The concept version of Niro EV had lots of cool features inside but the production version comes with features from the hybrid variant.
Kia hasn’t given details about the power figures. The Niro gets a 64kWh battery which can give 379 km range and a smaller 32kWh battery gives 241 km range. But these specifications will change for the global model as it is specific for Korean market. Kia will also give fast charging option for the Niro but the details are not yet revealed.
The concept model showcased at CES produces 201 hp of power and it comes with lots of safety features like active pedestrian warning system which can detect people or cyclist at the front and rear with warning alerts. We can also expect lane traffic assist and emergency brake assist also to be part of the feature list. Kia has received more than 5000 orders for Niro EV and the sales will begin later this year.