All-Electric Kia Niro Has Officially Debuted In South Korea
The official debut of the all-electric version of the Kia Niro has been held in South Korea at the International Electric Vehicle Show. It is based on the previously presented concept.
The serial SUV received the same platform as the Hyundai Kona Electric. The exterior is close to the standard and plug-in hybrid Niro, except for some details, in particular, a unique front bumper with sporting air intakes, a new lower air intake, daytime running lights in the form of boomerangs, special 17-inch large-spoke wheels, additional chrome trim.
The rear bumper is also slightly modified, there is an imitation of a radiator grille with a thin geometric pattern and a charging port. The dimensions of the Kia Niro EV are 4375 x 1805 x 1560 mm, the wheelbase is 2700 mm.
Power lineup includes electric motors with 135 hp and 204 hp and 39.2 kWh or 64 kWh batteries, respectively. With the first version of the power unit, the car can run 240 km on one charge (according to WLTP). A more powerful engine and battery provide a range of 380 km.
Little is known about dynamic characteristics and interior. The Kia Niro EV will be available with a wide range of modern driver assistance systems.
The price has not been announced yet, roughly it will be about 40,000 dollars. For comparison – a hybrid version in the basic configuration costs 22,000 dollars.
Sales in the brand’s homeland start in July, but local dealers began to take pre-orders from the end of February, for the first 3 days they collected more than 3,000 orders.