Kia Niro EV Electric Crossover Shines In New Images

FEB 24 2019 BY MARK KANE 30

e-Niro is the first long-range electric car from Kia

Even though the Kia e-Niro deliveries are constrained by production capacity, you still can have the e-Niro on your own desktop.

According to recent news, Kia recommends that dealers communicate a delivery forecast of at least 12 months, instead 6 months previously, in the case of new orders! Moreover, also the already placed orders will be affected by delays.

“The letter was made available to electrive.com. In the letter, Kia further states that this applies both to new orders and to already concluded orders for the e-Niro. Accordingly, it is recommended to adjust the generally communicated delivery forecast from “6 months from order” to “at least 12 months from order”. In addition, the company added: “first of all, we want to ensure nationwide availability with demonstration vehicles”, “in order to enable as many potential buyers as possible to obtain comprehensive advice and test drives.”

So, in the meantime then, we offer here a choice of 17 photos featuring one of the most eagerly anticipated electric cars.

You can find more wallpapers in our Wallpaper Wednesday series.

*Images can be enlarged to a width of 2,560

Kia e-Niro (wallpaper 2,560x – click to enlarge)

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30 Comments on "Kia Niro EV Electric Crossover Shines In New Images"

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WTF! I was ready to buy the e-Niro today. Not sure I can wait another year.

Same here, Model 3 it is.

Same. I had no idea the Niro EV was available yet. I have seen zero communication from Kia and dealers (ugh, no I don’t want a Sorento FFS!). Going to delay my vehicle purchase until May or June to get a Model 3 instead.

Awesome EV.. If this Humble EV had a Jaguar , Porsche , Mercedes ,0r Audi Badge On it., It Could Command @ Least A $25000.00 Premium …. & It Would Get it ! … 🙂

The e-Tron, IPace, and EQC are quite a bit nicer. AWD, nicer materials, better performance, etc.

MB EQC was said to cost less than $50K a year ago! They lied and jacked it up to more than $80K! No go for me! I hate liars!

I don’t like EQC either, but to compare it to the Kia is silly. The EQC is a much nicer vehicle materials and AWD. Sitting in the Kona EV at the Chicago Auto Show and it definitely feels like an inexpensive car. I also sat in the Jaguar IPace, which felt far nicer. Is it worth $25-35,000 more starting price? Hard to say, but it doesn’t change the fact Jaguar is a much nicer vehicle.

You are saying you would pay an extra $25k for the exact same car, except with a different badge?

You know what they say about a fool and his money.

The Only Fools Are The One’s That Don’t Know How To Read …..Read Again , “Carefully” F00 !…lol . * 🙂 *

Let’s hope Kia increases production and availability worldwide (even Europe has seen very few demo units so far). It’s the perfect choice for those who need more space than Kona or Ioniq, and still has a very high efficiency. Hyundai-Kia is in a great position now but their advantage will shrink if they don’t get that demand for EVs can only increase from now on… and so has to do production. They also need, in my opinion, to develop a dedicated EV only platform and get rid of the fuel cell nonsense. If they manage to accomplish these 3 things, I think Tesla, Volkswagen globally and PSA in Europe will be their only competitors both for efficiency and volume in the foreseable future.

I am curious what difference a dedicated platform would do in these cases. The Niro and Kona both seem to be great vehicles, and it isn’t clear to me what would be improved if they had a dedicated platform.

But yeah, fuel cells. So stupid.

According too an article dated 07 Feb 2019 on this site, it is a battery pack supply chain issue. Which likely means it an issue with cells supply.

Cell supply constraints have been issues in the past (for other make/models).

Here is a quote from the 7 Feb article on this site:

““John Hargreaves, Kia’s head of fleet and remarketing, said the battery pack supply chain issue is likely to remain “a restraining factor for at least another 12 to 18 months.”

No. Just no.

I like this car. A lot.

I like the Kona even more, as it is more sized for what I prefer. Once the VW BEVs are out and I can compare all three (and I need a new car) I will likely get one of those 3 vehicles.

…but if you think badge change would be the difference between the e-Tron or ipace and this car, you have less than zero clues.

I have sat in (though not driven) both the Jag and the Audi, and just sitting down and closing the door without evening turning them on, it is obvious that Kia couldn’t build a car that nice if they had a collective gun held to their collective heads.

Agree after sitting in the Kona EV and IPace at Chicago Auto Show, the Jaguar feels far nicer, as it should given it starts at $70,000 in the US.

Kia builds some very nice cars. Look at K900 and Stinger. Niro isn’t at that level, but Kia easily competes with luxury brands

Who cares what it looks like if you can’t get one. All this hype for something unattainable is really a bunch of malarkey! Your articles should focus on the collossal screw up of Kia and Hyundai not being ready to meet demand.

Indeed. EVs are now all about production. If Kia/Hyundai could design these two, so could anyone else. The only question going forward is who can PRODUCE in volume at the right price.

Agree.

I say we stop talking about Tesla until they sell the 30-35k car I was promised.

We all need to stop thinking Hyundai and Kia should be all out in full production mode of EVs like Tesla. They aren’t anything like Tesla and won’t be for another decade or more as they also have to sell all the Kona ICE , Nero ICE , Soul ICE models that are sitting in their dealer lots around the globe.

It’s a battery supply issue. Not sure if it is specifically the cells (or something else with the battery pack), but the cell supply seems likely the culprit from what I have read.

Don’t assume it is a screw up from the car company.

There have been issues with cell supply for other car makes/models.

Here is a quote from the 7 Feb article on this site:

““John Hargreaves, Kia’s head of fleet and remarketing, said the battery pack supply chain issue is likely to remain “a restraining factor for at least another 12 to 18 months.”

It is likely that it is battery cell supply issue. Kia might be buying the battery pack, not sure. But if they are building their own pack with pouch or prismatic cells; there is nothing tricky about it, so if that is the case, the more detailed explanation is very likely Kia not having sufficient supply of cells from the battery cell manufacturer.

$35k model 3’s have for the most part remained unobtainable for longer than 2 years. 10,000 model 3’s sit in the lot, bc they are priced way higher.

This is not so different than the Ioniq EV (340 in 2018). The Niro PHEV and especially the Ioniq PHEV are also in LOW supply. They may well make more money in other (non USA) markets and they are battery constrained.

What is the copyright status of these photos? Can I post one elsewhere online (with attribution)?

Reason for production delay — battery cell supply chain issue — from article below.

“Demand for the all-electric Kia e-Niro, as well as its sister-model the Hyundai Kona Electric, has been greater than expected. As a result, the firms’ battery suppliers (which include Samsung and LG) have been unable to cope with the e-Niro’s production volumes, despite doubling their outputs.”

This makes more sense that it is a supplier constraint issue, since producing 900 vehicles, then a delay of a number of months doesn’t sound like an issue at Kia’s factory. Only makes sense if it is a supply chain constraint from a vendor.

https://www.autoexpress.co.uk/car-news/105921/all-electric-kia-e-niro-sold-out-after-a-month-on-sale

How low can you go

Honestly after reading several reviews about the Niro and the Soul I’d rather wait for the Soul anyway. Functionally they’re about the same size and they have the same range give or take 5 miles. But the Nero’s riding on a four-year-old platform with four-year-old tech in the dashboard. The soul is going to have a completely redefine HVAC and audio system and will be a brand new model next year. I made this mistake once before buying my 2018 Mitsubishi outlander PHEV last year when it finally got to the US… But the tech is just so old you can totally tell it’s four years old.

I contacted three Kia dealerships in Georgia (I’m in Tenn) asking when they would be available and none of them are planning to carry the Niro EV at all.

Wallpaper? As opposed to a real car one can buy? Hey, at best it’s a very utilitarian looking car. It’s very functional and offers a lot for the money but I don’t find myself drooling over it’s image. Maybe if it had models like the old Hot Rod magazines.
I guess they’re selling well in Europe but in North America getting your hands on a Kona/Niro/Soul may be ‘mission impossible’!
Glad I got a year end closeout on a Bolt 14 months ago.

I wish the Hyundai Ioniq was going to get the 64kWh battery… Of course, they would also have to produce enough of them.
Anyways, an Ioniq with a the Kona Electric drive train would be amazing, 285 mile range would be better than anything else on the market in it’s price range(assuming it had a $38k starting price).