Kia’s new Niro EV primed for a European launch
Kia’s all-electric Niro crossover is charging up for launch, with the Korean EV unveiled at the Busan Motor Show ahead of its global launch.
The Niro was first shown at the International Electric Vehicle Expo in Korea – and in concept form at CES in Las Vegas – but Kia has today unveiled full specification details ahead of a European launch later this year.
The numbers are impressive, too. The Niro will be offered in Europe with a 64kWh lithium-polymer battery pack, which will deliver a theoretical driving range of 450 kilometres. To put that into perspective, the Jaguar I-Pace claims 480kms.
A single electric motor will generate 150kW and 395Nm – enough to sprint to 100km/h in 7.8 seconds. And access to a fast charger will deliver an 80-per-cent charge in 54 minutes. Buyers can also opt for a smaller (and thus cheaper) 39.2kWh battery, with a maximum range of 300km.
At 4375mm long, 1805mm wide and 1560mm tall – and riding on a 2700mm wheelbase – Kia is describing its Niro EV as a crossover vehicle (it’s about as long and as wide as a Cerato hatch) but its EV packaging promises more interior space, as well as 451 litres (VDA) of boot space.
The Kia Niro’s interior debuts a new rotary gear shift
Design wise, the Niro’s closed-off grille houses the charging port, while the two jumbo air intakes are home to new “arrowhead” LED DRL clusters. The alloys are new 17-inch numbers, while at the back, one the absence of exhaust tips point to the this being an EV. It must be said, it’s not the most adventurous styling we’ve ever seen (especially in white).
Inside, you’ll find a seven-inch screen, as well as a first for Kia; a new rotary dial to select Drive, Reverse or Park. Owners can choose between six interior lighting choices, and the infotainment software has been upgraded to include directions to charging points and battery levels. Also clever is a light built into the dashboard that you can see from outside the car, and, when your using a charging station, will tell you when your vehicle is fully charged.
The Niro is yet to be confirmed for Australia, but Kia executives locally have confirmed it is under consideration for our market. We have contacted Kia for an update.