The new all-electric Kia crossover can go up to 450km on a single charge.
After showcasing it as a concept at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, Kia has now officially unveiled the all-electric version of Niro at the International Electric Vehicle Expo in Jeju, South Korea.
The Niro EV is powered by Kia’s next-generation electric vehicle powertrain, using new production technologies developed specifically for Kia (and Hyundai) EVs. Equipped with a 64kWh lithium-polymer battery pack, the Niro EV will be able to drive over 450km on a single charge with zero emissions or more than 300km on an optional 39.2kWh battery system.
Outside, the production-spec Niro EV remains mostly identical to the concept. Like most EVs, the grille on the car is blocked-off and incorporates the charging port. Both bumpers of the EV are basically tweaked versions of the standard Niro.
Kia is yet to reveal other technical details of Niro EV like power and torque figures. However, media reports suggest that the car borrows its mechanicals from sister brand Hyundai’s Kona EV, so expect the Kia to churn out an identical 395Nm of torque. The Niro EV will go on sale in Korea during the second half of 2018 and will be introduced to other markets in due course.