Kia has teased an all-electric idea model of the Niro crossover forward of its public debut on the Shopper Electronics Present subsequent week.
The idea can be revealed in full on the Las Vegas tech occasion, and the darkened teaser pictures present it is going to be an evolution of the present Niro’s design. Distinctive entrance and rear mild signatures function, too, together with a backlit ‘Niro EV’ badge on the rear bumper. An ornamental entrance grille options, doubtless blanked up as a result of lack of any want for an air consumption.
The principle options of the Niro EV embody what’s described as ‘past autonomous’ driving expertise, with a novel human-machine interface making its debut on the Kia. The Korean marque additionally guarantees on-board 5G WiFi and an all-new ‘movement graphic’ lighting system. Three completely different configurations of the electrical Niro idea can be showcased at an occasion on eight January, someday previous to the general public CES exhibit.
Though it is described as an idea automotive by the Korean producer, the Niro EV idea earlier a future manufacturing mannequin as a part of Kia and Hyundai’s plan to launch 31 electrified automobiles by 2020. An organization supply instructed us such a mannequin would include two powertrain specs, with battery ranges of 185 and 310 miles doable.
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The Niro EV will undertake the powertrain from Hyundai’s Ioniq EV, which contains a 28kWh Lithium-ion battery and electrical motor which generates 119bhp and 295Nm of torque. Within the Ioniq an electrical vary of 174 miles is claimed.
Kia’s European Chief Working Officer Michael Cole instructed Auto Specific final 12 months that the Niro lineup can be prolonged to a few powertrain selections. Cole went on to say that fairly than develop extra bespoke electrified automobiles just like the Niro, Kia will as a substitute concentrate on introducing various powertrains to its core mannequin ranges.
No hybrid or electrical model of the brand new Stonic is feasible because the SUV relies on the identical platform because the Rio supermini. Sister model Hyundai, nevertheless, has confirmed an electrical model the Kona is on the best way as that mannequin relies on a brand new electrified platform.
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