Brian Joss – KIA has unveiled its new all-electric version of the Niro at ‘The 5th International Electric Vehicle Expo’ in Jeju, Korea.
The sporty and versatile Niro EV combines driving enjoyment with eye-catching design and functionality and is set to add a new dimension to the eco-friendly compact SUV market.
A collaborative effort between KIA’s design centres in California and Namyang, Korea, the Niro EV incorporates the practicality and aesthetic allure of a compact SUV with a sleek, aerodynamic body and subtly sculptured surfaces.
Taking inspiration from the Niro EV Concept unveiled at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the car features an exclusive radiator grille, futuristic air intake and arrowhead-shaped LED daytime running lights. Inspired by KIA’s ‘Clean and High-tech’ design concept, the slim character line and tapered rear windows emphasise the car’s sleek profile and allow greater room for the Niro EV’s muscular wheel arches.
The Niro EV is powered by KIA’s next-generation electric vehicle powertrain, using new production technologies developed specifically for KIA EVs.
Equipped with a high-capacity 64 kWh lithium-polymer battery pack, the Niro EV is targeting a zero-emission range of over 380 km on a single charge, or up to 240 km when paired with the 39.2 kWh battery system.
The Niro EV demonstrates the considerable strides KIA has made over recent years to deliver comfortable, fun-to-drive vehicles that lead the way in zero emissions motoring, the motor maker said.
CAPTION: The Niro EV: sleek and fun to drive. Picture: Motorpress