Kia Niro EV Teased Ahead Of January 8 Debut


Getting high-tech headlights and a “never-seen-before” human-machine interface.

The Kia Niro crossover will lose its combustion engine on January 8 when a zero-emissions concept will be unveiled in Las Vegas during the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show (CES). To signal the showcar’s impending arrival, Kia has dropped several shadowy teasers allowing us to catch a glimpse of its next EV, which has been spotted undergoing testing multiple times already.

While technical specifications have not been disclosed, there’s a good chance the Niro EV will have more than a few things in common with the Hyundai Kona EV. The latter will allegedly be offered with 40 kWh and 64 kWh battery packs, with the latter providing enough energy for roughly 210 miles (334 kilometers) in the EPA test cycle. The variant equipped with the larger battery will allegedly cost just under $40,000 once it will arrive in the U.S. for the 2019 model year. You can compare that to the $28,840 price tag found on the Kia Niro plug-in hybrid.

Kia Niro EV Concept Teaser

Getting back to the electric Niro, the CES-bound concept appears to look substantially more exciting than the camouflaged prototypes we’ve shown in recent months, though that’s not a big surprise considering concepts are usually more interesting than their production counterparts. Kia promises to implement a new “motion graphic” lighting system expected to be installed in a road-going car several years from now.

Kia Niro EV Concept Teaser

While images of the interior have not been provided, the Niro EV concept will boast a brand new human-machine interface (HMI) that hasn’t been installed before in a car. It remains to be seen what that actually means and how it will be different than the current crop of concepts packing a multitude of touchscreens and support for gesture controls.

Aside from bringing the concept, Kia will also showcase the world’s first in-car 5G connection, along with new driver assistance tech.

Kia Niro EV Concept Teaser

Kia Niro EV Concept Teaser

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Still just a concept. The production car will not be much different then the one we know.
And it should not be sharing much with the Kona, but with the Ioniq. The hybrids share all technology with.

Man, love the lights. I’m heading to Vegas just to see this thing.

It seems that both in range (495 km and 380 km) and in the price/range comparison (89 USD/km and 99 USD/km) the Model3R and the Bolt will still lead, ahead of both South-Korean e-cars (335 km, and cca. 110 USD/km?)

In the smaller, but above 200 km segment looking forward to the 2018 Hyundai Ioniq and Renault Zoe: bothw with<145 Wh/km consunption.

The Nissan Leaf is not outstanding, except for its price(<30 000 USD?)

Clearly much depends on the MSRP price.

Concept, meh. NEXT.

Going into production in the summer of 2018. In this case a concept is not so much meh as yay!

Well it will come out eventually so it is not “just a concept”.

But it is a Kia. Like with all Hyundai/Kias EVs, you can expect only 200 or so sales a month in the US.

Too bad because their plug-ins seem like great vehicles! I just wish they would sell more of them! 🙂

What’s going on w/the ‘grille’? Is it animated?
I’m glad they didn’t put “Zero Emissions” on the back or side.
I wish KIA would use the Korean badge here in the the US, vs the letters K.I.A. Just looks better to me.

But will it have AWD? What is the point of an SUV without back tire power??

Roomier and looks cooler than a sedan/wagon. 😉

Almost no one needs AWD and almost no SUVs will ever see the wild outback far from not only asphalt but also gravel roads.

(⌐■_■) Trollnonymous

Snow? Mud?

AWD & TMS or nothing for me.

Agreed. I need AWD for where I live or not interested.

Lived all my life with snow and mud and AWD is not necessary. On the contrary it is the minority of sales even in Nordic countries.

It is also statistically less safe and more likely to be in an accident in an AWD car compared to its 2-wheel drive sibling.

I disagree I live in Colorado and ski every weekend in the winter. If I didn’t have Awd I would constantly have to carry chains and use them (when chain law is in effect) so Awd is great and needed.

It certainly has its place (like in your application), but most people believe that most SUV’s don’t really need it, such is today’s SUV use (most SUV’s end up driven in city environment) … difference between need and want is something, mainly US consumers manage to disregard. Hey, but it’s a free world, right?

How in the heck is this still a concept. Aren’t they going to start producing them in a few months?

I don’t see the need to tease something that you can basically already buy in an ICE or PHEV variant!

Are the batteries liquid cooled? SUV? It’s smaller than a Leaf.

Only 3 of the top selling EVs in Norway has AWD option. AWD is overrated or Americans need to learn how to drive.

I’m not buying an EV until I can get an AWD option that gives me 225-275 miles. Where I live AWD is a necessity, not a luxury.

Go for a used Tesla or a long range Model 3 and you’ll be covered.

u are correct, awd a must the range isnt dat mportant. have a kia soul ev 2017 ! awesome, remember SAFETY IS # 1 !

Hyundai Kona’s equivalent of Kia is Stonic.

So let us not compare between Kona and Niro.

Niro is just a tall wagon and it will have only 1 range which will be around 110 miles given the fact that Ioniq has 125 miles.

just drove my kia soul ev in da snow !
SUCKS, got stuck cant rock back and forth wit the tranny!AWD is da best, once u have it b n wit out awd make no sense. have snow tires for my ice kia soul ordered. SAFETY is and should always b PRIORITY !

M3 - reserved -- Niro/Leaf 2.0/Outlander - TBD

Same can be said of any car without AWD. Niro is clearly a CUV/Crossover aimed at suburban life and hauling.

Go look at the Outlander for AWD PHEV chops. Great vehicle there finally making way over the pond.

Niro EV is Q3-4 2018 per prior notations along with the Leaf 2.0 60KwH battery.

No AWD MAKES Niro is just a small tall wagon like the Bolt. Not a crossover.

You know I’m going to say it…

Until it’s available in Pennsylvania, it’s vaporware to me.