Kia Niro EV Crossover Makes World Debut – Range Of Up To 236 Miles

MAY 5 2018 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 146

The highly anticipated Kia Niro EV just made a rather surprising debut at the 5th International Electric Vehicle Expo in South Korea.

It was shown alongside the Niro Plug-In Hybrid and Soul EV.

In addition to the reveal of the production version of the pure electric crossover, Kia released some vital new information on this soon-to-be available electric CUV.

Related – 238-Mile Kia Niro EV Concept Debuts

Like the Hyundai Kona EV, the electric Niro will be offered with two different battery capacities (only the bigger battery is expected to be offered in the U.S. though):

  • 39.2 kWh
  • 64 kWh

Range for the big battery is claimed to be 236 miles, while the smaller battery pack offers up some 149 miles per charge. The similar Hyundai Kona goes further per charge, but it’s slightly smaller.

Kia Motors senior vice-president Ki-Sang Lee, stated:

Kia Motors’ position in the [electric car] market will further solidify. Kia doesn’t believe that there is any ‘silver bullet’ that can satisfy the demand for low-emission technology within the car industry, so we foresee a wide range of eco-friendly powertrains co-existing for an extended period of time.”

Kia says the Niro EV comes standard with 17-inch wheels, frontal collision avoidance assistance, lane departure assistance, smart cruise control, and rear collision warning.

Kia Niro PHEV Gets Official EPA Ratings – ~28 Miles On Electric In City, 46 MPG

We expect to have more details on the European and U.S. launch schedules of the Kia Niro EV in the near future.

Kia claims to have received 5,000 orders for the Niro EV in Korea, where it will be sold first later this year.

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Press blast below:

Kia Motors unveils Eco-friendly SUV ‘Niro EV’

Kia Motors has unveiled its new world’s first eco-friendly ‘Niro EV.’

Kia Motors introduced the Niro EV at the ‘5th International Electric Car Expo’, which was held at the Jeju International Convention Center on May 2nd.

The Niro EV, a prototypical environmentally friendly SUV, is generating high anticipation from its customers, with more than 5,000 contracts in three days in February.

The Niro EV was unveiled in January at the ‘CES 2018’ when it took over the design concepts of the ‘Niro Electric Vehicle’s leading concept’. While taking in the sense of ‘clean and high tech’, the company also emphasized its creative appearance and new applications by introducing a radiator grill for exclusive use of Niro EV, an intake grill for futuristic image, daytime running lights with the shape of an arrow head, and modified side sills.

The Niro EV boasts its SUV’s unique spatiality based on its best-in-class body size, which is 4,375mm in length, 1,805 mm in width, 1,560mm in height, and 2,700mm in shaft.

The battery can be either a 64kWh battery that can run more than 380km on a single charge, or a 39.2 kWh battery that can run more than 240km on a single charge.

In addition, the Niro EV is equipped with a wide range of advanced safety technologies such as the Frontal Collision Avoidance Assistance (FCA), Lane Keeping Assistance (LKA), Smart Cruise Control (SCC), Driver Attention Warning (DAW), Back Collision Warning (BCW), and Highway Driving Assistance (HWA), further enhancing operational convenience and safety.

Kia Motors expects Niro to gain overwhelming competitiveness in the environmentally friendly car market with the Niro HEV and PHEV, which sold 23,647 vehicles last year.

An official of Kia Motors emphasized, “The Niro EV is equipped with the best commerciality; it can travel long distances with a single charge and the space utilization is the best in its class. With the Niro EV, which covers all aspects of economy, space and safety, Kia Motors’ position will be further strengthened.”

Meanwhile, Kia Motors will exhibit the Niro EV, Niro PHEV, Soul EV, and other electric vehicles during the ‘5th International Electric Car Expo’, which will be held from the 2nd (Wednesday) to the 6th (Sunday).

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146 Comments on "Kia Niro EV Crossover Makes World Debut – Range Of Up To 236 Miles"

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mzs.112000

When does the Niro EV actually arrive in the US?
Speaking of that, when does the Ioniq actually arrive in the US?

gabe

2020

menorman

They claim that California will get it in Q4, the rest of CARB states will get it in the first half of 2019, and then it’ll at least be available for order nationwide by the end of 2019. But if the Ioniq EV is any guide, it’ll probably be quite awhile due to lack of supply.

Prsnep

I don’t think Hyundai was motivated to sell the Ioniq because they realized immediately after release that its range was inadequate.

offib

Ehh, I wouldn’t say so. It’s certainly more due to the Ioniq electric’s high demand in Europe and S.Korea. It’s a fine 120 mile range car that would easily cross shop the Prius Prime.

I was wondering when the Ioniq will get that ~40kWh pack. It’ll give it a healthy 170 mile range easy.

Or that 64 kWh pack…

BartV83

Sure, that’s why I drove mine for 28000km since I got it in september….
Not saying the range is adequate for everyone, but just saying it is inadequate may be a bit hasty
Of course a higher range would be even better… as long as it doesn’t impact efficiency and cargo volume…
Actually I would like a higher AC charging rate even more (3-phase 32A charging would be so nice on this car)

arne-nl

Agreed about the 3 phase charging. All European EV’s should have that as standard. Now only available on the Zoe and Model S.

menorman

No, they were told that the range is inadequate. It actually is fine, especially since due to its efficiency, people are easily able to get close to the stated range even at highway speeds. Add in the fact that it has a fast and aggressive DC fast charge capability and it definitely punches above its weight. As @offib mentions below, the IONIQ with a 40kWh pack would be the ideal car for a great number of people, especially if they’re able to keep pricing the same or even go a bit lower.

EVShopper

And that is likely only the CARB states that have the ZEV mandate.

Steven

Pennsylvania is still waiting for the IONIQ BEV.
But at this point, I doubt it will ever be offered for sale here.

Ziv

Kia says “later this year”. Sooner would better!

Steven

Technically, the IONIQ BEV did arrive in the US.
The problem is it’s a compliance car, so it will only be sold… Well, you know where.

okaylol

Realistically you are looking at the middle of 2019, with delays forcing it to Q1 2020

DJ

This is one of those “shut up and take my money” moments. Hope they bring it to the US soon!

Will

Yes, they should have the niro plant here in the states build them

Michael

And what price is the question as always.

Zach Hafen

And charge rate… I want to know if this charges at ~100kW. I want to leave town with my EV!

JimGord

The Kona which has the same platform is 100kW so expect the Niro to be 100 kW also

Nate

Not the same platform.

menorman

Probably the same as the EV IONIQ and Soul which both max out around 70kW. But they at least maintain that speed to through around 75%, so charging stops shouldn’t be that long. Certainly better than Bolt or LEAF.

Same charge rate or same power? :p would be pretty poor if a pack with double the energy capacity could only take the same power.

okaylol

Not quite. Ioniq uses the more power dense NCM 622, while this Niro EV will use the newer energy dense NCM 811.

Lamata

Around $40 Grand +-

Ziv

Any word on max charge rate? Looks very interesting!

Lamata

Charge , Not as fast as Tesla But close .45minute +- to 80% Charge …Very respectable

Which Tesla are you saying can do 0-80% in less than 45 minutes? 😛

scottf200

Tony William Tesla Model 3 chart:
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Dub

Also the Model S 100D.

Ifer

So it’s 79% in 45 minutes. Mikael was right..

scottf200

No, you are having trouble reading that graph. 79% is 244 miles but the blue line at 45 minutes is above the 260 mile line (each line is 20 miles obviously) so that is above 80%.

You too seem to have trouble. It is starting at 6% so about 76% charge in 45 minutes.

Martin Winlow

I’m sure my S-60 will do 0-80% SOC in 45 mins – I’ve never checked tho…

Pushmi-Pullyu

“Which Tesla are you saying can do 0-80% in less than 45 minutes?”

All of Tesla’s cars, with the exception of the 2008 Roadster, can be charged to 80% in 45 minutes, assuming they are the only car charging at a given Supercharger. (That is, assuming there are not two cars sharing the same power from a single Supercharger.)

Why would you imply that there is any doubt about this? Those are well established facts.

Because it is not a well established fact. I have yet to see a real world graph where a Tesla does 80% in less than 45 minutes.

Fluffing the charging time is very common in the EV world though.

Ziv

I have never seen the point of 0 to 80%. First, no one wants to arrive at a fast charger with their pack at 0.
Second, 80% of 10 kWh is completely different from 80% of 100 kWh, but this metric compares the two as if they are similar.
I think max charge rate is useful but you also need to know how soon tapering starts and how severe it is.
Maybe how long to go from 10% to 80% with the total kWh added so as to get the best of both worlds?
Because I may get 3.5 miles per kWh at 67 mph but you know that you drive at 80 mph so the Same single kWh will only get you 3.0 miles.

scottf200

Yes, of course, 10% to 80% is the real value because if you are traveling then that is the optimal charging sweet spot vs driving speed (72-75 is often thought of/tested on Teslas). The Tesla built-in planner wants you to charge just enough to get to the next SC + ~10% buffer. i.e. limit charging time vs travel time.

Martin Winlow

It’s mostly an easy way of comparing charging speed capability on EVs – battery chemistry being the same across the board generally (in this context). On a trip, I usually try to get my Model S-60 to the next SuC with less than 5% on arrival – speeding up or down accordingly. But I only put enough juice in to get me to the next SuC with about a 10% buffer unless I’m having a meal or something in which case I’ll just let it fill up completely.

Ziv

I hear you, Martin, and Push makes the same point below, but I would not want to be pulling up to a charger, even a SuperCharger with my wife and kids with just 3% or 5% left in the pack. 10% is tight but it gives you options to exercise if the power is out or the charging station is down.
There is no perfect way to describe charging speed, I don’t know how it will work out with regards to finding a way to describe charge speeds for cars but 0-80% seems like a silly way to describe it.
If I charge my Bolt and I say that I went to 10-80% in 75 minutes and added 42 kWh in that time, it really sums up all you need to know.
Or if I arrive in my Spark and I say that I went from 10-80% in 18 minutes and added 14.3 kWh, that shows how different the results of that 0-80% are going to be.

Pushmi-Pullyu

“I have never seen the point of 0 to 80%. First, no one wants to arrive at a fast charger with their pack at 0.”

Well, not literally at zero, because the car will go into “turtle” mode about then, or perhaps even a bit before.

But the most successful strategy for those trying to do long distances in the shortest time, in the MS or MX, is to arrive at a Supercharger station with the pack as close to 0% as possible, because Tesla cars charge the fastest when the pack is nearly “empty”. And to charge to only 80%, both because charging slows down too much beyond that, and because you want to arrive at the next Supercharger stop with the pack close to exhausted again.

This isn’t just theory; this has been proven in real-world practice by Tesla Model S drivers.

morrisg

Lithium ion batteries are charged using two different control algorithms. In the 0 to 80% range, constant current control is used. From 80% to 100% range, constant voltage control is used with the current gradually tapering down to zero. Since the constant voltage portion of the charge curve is much slower to add kw-hrs, it doesn’t really pay to sit still that long for little added range. Therefore, quoted recharging times usually cover only the constant current portion of the recharge cycle.

If you look at the Model 3 recharge graph above, you can see the rate peaking somewhat above 110 kw in the first 15 minutes. After that, the thermal control gradually reduces the charge rate to keep the battery temperature rise within safe limits.

Look at the range added in the chart: the Model 3 range adds about 60 miles in the first 7.5 minutes of constant current control charging, but the last 60 miles in the constant voltage control region takes the last 35 minutes, about 5x slower.

a-kindred-soul

The Kia Soul EV already could charge at 80 kW, so I guess it will be at least that.

Tronald Dump

EPA, WLTC or NEDC?

Okayson

The Korean release is WLTP

Viking79

Funny responses to this Niro and Kona vs the Bolt EV show how much people like the appearance of an SUV. This is very similar size to Bolt EV, but a fair amount longer wheelbase, which will likely translate into larger back seat (Bolt EV is still taller). Functionally, the 3 are similar, FWD high riding station wagons, but perception is what matters here. People like the SUV look.

some x

And I believe that GM knew that fully well. So why did they go with this smaller hatchback instead of a trax shape for instance? Because they didn’t want it to sell.
Not a lot of people remember that EM said , beginning of 2017 that GM will sell only about 20k just to offset ZEV. What a coincidence , they’ve sold ~20k, less than Model S that sells for <2 times more for a similar range. GM marketing people couldn't be that dumb.

They knew that the size of Bolt is inadequate for most people in US (not in Europe though) but they still went with it. Why? The answer is obvious.

Will

Im starting to believe that

EVShopper

GM built over 30k Bolt EVs and sold something like 27k.

They didn’t order enough batteries.

Also, the hatchback style in Europe and Asia is very popular. I think GM was surprised that they had enough domestic demand to pretty much sell out their first year of production.

EVShopper

Rumors are Kia isn’t going to make more than 25k to 30k the first year either.

menorman

Correct, Hyundai/Kia are only planning to build 100k units across all four EV offerings combined this year for the worldwide market. Thus, I don’t expect them to deliver many more copies to the US than they have of the IONIQ Electric.

Warren

They did it as a special favor to me. The Bolt is the car I have wanted for 40 years. They knew I was old and retired, and this would be my last chance to find the perfect car. Thank you GM. 🙂

Jaime

Warren – seeing as you’ve got serious clout at GM, please have them make me a voltec powered PHEV SUV. I’ll pick it up next spring. Thanks….

Warren

Sorry. I am currently working with them to produce electric assist bicycles to replace their entire line. 🙂

theflew

The interior of the Bolt is larger than the Trax in just about every dimension including rear seat leg room. It also has a longer wheelbase than the Trax. The Bolt is just amazingly packaged.

bro1999

It’s a TARDIS!

Neromanceres

Yup. In 2013 my wife picked a Sonic over a Trax because the Sonic had more rear seat legroom (we test drove both). Fast forward to today and she now has a Bolt EV and it’s larger than either of them.

dartanian

Please! See my comment above about the ridiculously narrow, undersized and uncomfortable front seats. I wouldn’t ever characterize the plasticy Bolt interior, as debuted, as a plus for this vehicle, as impressive or successful as it may be.

Doggydogworld

Bolt was designed to be an urban robotaxi. Sales to EV enthusiasts are an important secondary market.

menorman

Exactly, and this is also why GM doesn’t want to be trying to sell hundreds of thousands of them a year. If the robotaxi revolution really takes off, they don’t want to be stuck with unnecessary manufacturing capacity for a vehicle which probably still doesn’t have as favorable margins as others.

dartanian

Not to mention the Bolt’s incredibly narrow and uncomfortable front seats. How any R&D person could sign off on those is beyond my comprehension!

Derek

Good point. Niro is not as big as photographs suggest. The Nissan Leaf is a bigger car, 5 inches longer and an inch higher.

ModernMarvelFan

Calling it a high riding station wagon is being overly generous when it is shorter than a Ford Taurus sedan.

Pushmi-Pullyu

The term “SUV” is now being applied to so many different types of cars that the term has become virtually meaningless. Pretty much all it means anymore, when an auto maker slaps the “SUV” label on a model, is “We want this car to have a wide appeal”. Why else would GM call its Bolt EV, which is obviously a hatchback, an “SUV”?

Ditto what the Japanese now call a “station wagon”. Seriously, this is a 2017 Subaru Impreza “wagon”:

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ModernMarvelFan

At least Bolt EV is as tall as Honda HR-V and taller than just about every sedan out there.

Niro is shorter than a Ford Taurus sedan which makes it a lie to call it SUV. Yes, the lines are blurring. But Hyundai/Kia are pushing it way past the line.

Steven

Maybe my information is out of date, but I thought the term SUV was for vehicles that had “body on chassis” construction, while CUV was for vehicles that were monocoque construction.

Did I miss something?

Yes, you are right and wrong.

The use of the official body-on-frame definition went away years ago, since there are very few vehicles today that are still built that way. Nearly every modern SUV is now unibody. There are always exceptions like the Jeep Wrangler, and most of the very large SUVs like the Ford Expedition and Chevrolet Suburban. But, if you look at any list of today’s popular subcompact, compact, and midsize SUVs, they’re mostly all unibody. CUV is just a “new” name for SUVs, as well as a marketing scheme, and for vehicles that fit somewhere in between. There’s no real science to it.

https://cars.usnews.com/cars-trucks/best-cars-blog/2016/09/suvs-vs-crossovers-whats-the-difference

Zach Hafen

The front looks SO MUCH BETTER than it did before. Wow, this completely drew me away from my excitement for the Kona.

Dub

IMO, the front of the Kona is very unattractive, particularly in the EV. I didn’t like the Jeep Cherokee with its inverted lights and I don’t like it on the Kona, either.

Lamata

This strikes me awkward ..The Hyundai Kona Which has the Identical Power train The 64 kWh battery is said to get Up to, 292 miles of range ..can anyone tell me why this gap in Range , Am I Mistaking ? They are basically Both the same Vehicles…0r are they just Lying about one or the other…. thx

Durkle

It all depends on what label rating system they use. I believe S.Korea uses the US EPA label process, so that would be 236 mi on the EPA cycle in the Niro and 292 on WLTP for Kona in Europe, which all lines up. The Kona gets rated at 250 est. EPA, which is a much more logical delta in range with the same powertrain.

Lamata

Thx !

Harold T

The Niro is bigger than the Kona.

Lamata

Not to take anything away from Kona, But , I find the Niro more appealing ..

Nate

Right. There is a mistaken assumption that they are rebranded vehicles on the same platorm. They are neither. Plus even vehickes on the same platform can be different sizes and/or have different efficiency ratings.

Just look at the Kona though. It is very small.

menorman

Pretty sure it’s the IONIQ and Niro that are on the same platform anyway, not Kona and Niro.

Neromanceres

Niro is bigger and heavier than the Kona. So it won’t get as much range. So your answer is physics is why.

IoniqWho

Aerodynamics is why there is a gap in range. And the Kona uses NCM 622 pouches from LG Chem, while Niro EV uses NCM 811 cylindrical cells from SK Innovations.

Goofcat

Can’t wait, perfect replacement for my Soul EV

TJKR

Can’t wait, perfect replacement for my Model 3 which I have not received yet.

Lamata

BURN!!!!!!!!!

Shane

AND it has an instrument cluster and you can open the glove box blindfolded!

Lamata

Very Nice, Clean & straight forward Design. Unlike The Kona Which is Nice Too, but a little Over Designed IMO, with too many Gouges on the sides for my liking .

JoeInthe UK

This is on my shortlist to replace my Soul, the other candidate for me is the next Soul, also rumoured with 60kWh battery.

Christian

When you say to replace your Soul.. makes people think you made a deal with the Devil for this car :).

Pushmi-Pullyu

How do you know he didn’t? 😉

dartanian

I’m with ya. My 85 mile range Soul EV lease is up in another year. Either they offer a longer range Soul by then or the Niro gains my interest.

Benz

How many Kia Niro EV’s will they produce in 2018/2019/2020?

ffbj

20k/40k/60k?
Just a shot in the dark.

Christian

Some Korean news report between 25.000 – 30.000 (they gave combined numbers with Hyundai).
Hopefully they will realize the demand and plan for more.

This is worldwide btw (Norway for example has priority.. will most likely get he first batches).

I already contacted all the car dealers in my country to reserve one :).

SansIce

Is it just me? The front looks awkward. I know some of you like it. The headlights so high and wide give it a wide eyed look. It is like the logo and the signature dumbbell grill filler with charge port take up too much real estate. It doesn’t seem cohesive with the proportions of the back of the car. If you continued the line of the greenhouse base forward and lowered the hood my an inch or two it seems like the design would flow together better from front to back.

ffbj

It’s not just you.

Pushmi-Pullyu

Definitely not. It looks like somebody pulled the front end out and it didn’t snap back into position.

a-kindred-soul

Designwise I like the Kona more/

ffbj

A wide range of eco-friendly power trains, right, perhaps even a clean diesel buried in that non-specific verbiage.

It just might be that by the time it shows up its time will time will be up. Might be seeing them in a couple years.

F150 Brian

Nice little 5 door hatch.
With no AWD, its a cross between a 5 door hatch and….
…a 5 door hatch.
The world needs to stop calling these things cross-overs 🙁

Benz

“We expect to have more details on the European and U.S. launch schedules of the Kia Niro EV in the near future.”

That means more details in 2018?

Harold T

I sat in the PHEV Niro at NYIAS and there is lots of room for my 6’7″ 260lbs frame. The center console is nicely laid out unlike the Hyundai Kona, which has a wide triangle elevated center console that confine the driver. I like room for my knees. Kona Out and Niro is in. i guess in 2020 this will be a contender for my lease turn in Kia Soul.

Bill Howland

Nice to have another affordable long-range crossover.

Would have appreciated more detail, but since Some kia’s have had battery degradation troubles, I’d be a little leery of it until it has proven itself to have a good battery.

Gomes weakly

Elon musk is an asshole

Ziv

Perhaps, but he is OUR asshole and he has led several companies to success and two to greatness.
I don’t know which vehicle will be judged to be the most important vehicle to be fielded in the first quarter of the 21st Century if experts are asked that question in 10, or 100 years, but the Tesla S, the Tesla 3 and the Falcon 9 Full Thrust, as well as the Big Falcon Rocket are all in the running or will be in a few years.
My money is on the BFR, but the Tesla 3 is right behind and could edge the BFR out in the 10 year window. In 100 years it will be hard to imagine any vehicle being considered more critical to humanity that the BFR for the 2000-2025 window.

Dub

He can be an asshole all he wants as long as he delivers on his Master Plan(s).

Shane

If this is news to you, don’t read about all the fan fodder he spews. My personal favorite is when he described the Tesla Semi as having “BAMF performance.” The Roadster 2.0 designed to give a “hardcore smackdown to gasoline cars” is a very close second. Detroit (and all of USA manufacturing) needed such a pompous “asshole” to wake them up and Make America Great Again.

EVShopper

Counterpoint: Elon Musk is a hero.

Will

Honda and Kia needs to swap there Electic and phev. The Niro needs the honda clarity phev and Clarity Electric needs the Niro range

menorman

Honda should put the Clarity PHEV power train in the CR-V and print money BEFORE they run out of tax credits.

Dub

Behold! The Chevy Bolt EV killer. Better layout, more room, faster DC charging and non-skinny seats.

Christian

7 years warranty and Europe availability.. 🙂

GM could have done something remarkable.. everything from LG was good, everything they added to the car was mediocre at best.

EVShopper

Looks like the interior dimensions aren’t too much bigger then the Bolt. A little wider so more hip/shoulder room. But head and leg room are pretty close.

The Bolt is quicker and I would guess more fun to drive.

theflew

Do we know it has faster DC charging?

EVShopper

Concept was listed as 80kW. But Hyundai Kona EV I think is 100kW. And they share a platform/drivetrain.

Bolt apparently can do 80kW but appears to be software limited to around 55kW.

Will

Good point since kia change to ccs

Pushmi-Pullyu

My opinion only, but I think any auto design team that can’t come up with a Chevy Bolt EV “killer” should be taken to the woodshed.

I mean, it’s not that bad a design, if you ignore the uncomfortable front seats and the limited fast-charging ability. It’s just not that good a design. (But at least it does have an instrument cluster!)

EVShopper

Not everyone has issues with the front seats. And it is currently the fastest charging (and only) 200+ mile range car you can buy for under $40k.

The Niro and Kona are great market entries, but seem to be only compliance plays in the US.

Will

Waiting for a use bolt to drop to 24k with dcfc in October to get one. If it doesnt then i3 rex will be my vehicle

menorman

The Bolt actually doesn’t really have an advantage here unless GM fixes the charging taper. The IONIQ EV is faster on trips that are longer than the range of the Bolt’s battery and starts under $30k.

EVShopper

Considering that most reviews call it a good car (electric or not) and it won lots of awards, I don’t think much of your opinion.

Will

Push you think the fast rate is software limited? And can GM unlock the rate or we can unlock it ourselves after warranty is done

EVShopper

Needs AWD. Also, not an SUV.

Nate

That suv term lost meaning years ago.

Plus many people thinking they need awd for traction ignore or do not understand it will not help them stop and continue to ride unsafely on all seasons.

The Niro continues blurring these line, which cracks me up, and I like it for that.

EVShopper

Media and journalist have largely let the automotive marketing departments get away with it. They should be held to certain standards, so people don’t get confused.

EVShopper

I’ve driven FWD, AWD, and RWD (currently have all 3 in my garage).

I love my RWD for performance fun on sunny and dry days.

FWD is adequate for most of the daily driving, but I love the feel of the AWD in snowy and wet conditions here on the winter, or driving up rough dirt mountain roads to the trailheads.

I grew up with a lot of winter icy driving, and know that AWD doesn’t help you stop faster, and you need to drive for conditions, but it does really help get you going, and can help recovery in mixed traction conditions.

Joe S

How many wheel drive is it? Fwd, makes it a car…not a crossover.

Don Zenga

Compliance car.

Will

I hope not. Kona and ioniq is compliance car

ModernMarvelFan

At a height of 60.4″, and without AWD, you can’t call it a SUV.

Ford Taurus has a height of 60.7″. Anything that is shorter than a Ford Taurus shouldn’t be allowed to be called SUV.

Ricardo Jr

Mr. Pruitt and the current EPA agenda: Please take note.

Anna Hale

Will the trunk pop with the key or from the inside? I have the niro and that’s a huge design fail

Jelstra

I’m very curious about the final interior design.
Are there photo’s yet?

Martin Winlow

Golly – given the almost direct comparison in terms of size, the Outlander appears to have missed the boat entirely (in the US)!

Mil

Are the Niro EV and Kona EV the same base car with just a different cosmetic look? What are the differences between the two?

menorman

No, that’s the Niro and IONIQ.

EVShopper

Basically.

Jodie

I have the 2018 NIRO PHEV, and it is a very nice, flexible vehicle. Allot of storage, rear seats are very roomy for a car this size. The EV displayed is great as it looks like a production vehicle, i.e. has same wheels, lighting, etc, you’d see on the current Niro. I was surprised to see a Sunroof which is not available on the PHEV, assuming that is due to weight savings.

Jk

Is it all wheel drive?

EVShopper

Sadly this 5-door wagon/hatchback is not AWD.

Luke

If they bring it, we will buy it.

Amilcar Antonio Imbert

Why don’t we ever see a real-world EV’s performance where they factor in by how much range the the distance is reduced when all the accessories are turned on? Wipers, headlights, air conditioner set on max and the radio. I’d love to see an article about that.

Lars

I am sick of promises promises, concepts, two, three year preannocements. I am 73 with a Mitsubishi iMiEV in our garage. In spite of all the delays, in my mind there’s only Tesla in this town. In terms of applied technology way ahead of GM and Nissan.
To bad their cars are beyond my affordability.

Brummle

Nice ass

silversod

Bugger! The Niro EV is four months too late for me as I bought the Niro hybrid at the beginning of the year. I really like this car, it’s very comfortable, plenty of room and just the right size for us, the full size SUV is way too big for our needs.

Will

Trade the niro when it comes in

John Doe

It got to suck to be a FIAT, Suzuki, Mazda, Peugeot and Citroen dealer in Norway now. Too bad Hyundai and KIA don’t make enough cars to really profit from their EVs.
They have thousands waiting for cars.
The same goes for Tesla Model 3 that is not for sale at all, and the e-golf.
Nissan is working hard to meet demand for the New LEAF.
Tesla Model S and X is able to meet demand with no waiting list, and the same goes for BMW i3, and almost all of the hybrids.
I wonder if Audi can meet demand. They have said several times they can meet demand with no problem.. I think they have underestimated demand, but on the other hand they have a huge dealer network, and are used to sell a lot of cars.

Steven

50¢ says it’s going to be another compliance vehicle.

Who’s up for that bet?

John Cozins

Please also quote the range for electric cars in kilometres. Every major developed country in the world except the USA and the UK use the metric system. Likewise please quote temperatues in centigrade as well as fahrenheit.
Australia adopted metric measures in the early 1970’s, so anyone here under 55 has no idea what you are talking about. It also makes the US seem like a backward country to most of the world which in some respects it really is!