Kia Niro EV Concept Showcased Before Its CES Debut
By Jon Derrickson on January 9, 2018
Kia have been working hard on its Niro crossover, and on January 9, it will swap the combustion engine, for a sparkling-new zero-emissions version. The market will be able to see the latest model at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show, but Kia have already released a number of teaser images which vaguely reveal the design.
Unfortunately, no details have emerged regarding the technical specifications, although some believe it will be extremely similar to the Hyundai Kona EV. The Kona will apparently come with two options – a 40kWh battery pack, or a 64kWh battery pack, with the more powerful one offering approximately 210 miles of usage. In addition, the 64kWh option is said to cost around $40,000 when it reaches the US with a 2019 model.
Now, the latest teasers of the Niro EV look much more exciting than the camouflage prototypes that were released previously. However, it’s very likely that the production car will be significantly less interesting than the actual concept. In the future, Kia has promised to deploy a ‘motion graphic’ lighting system in their road-going cars, but we’ll have to wait and see if that actually materializes.
Although the latest images only display the exterior, the interior of the Niro EV will allegedly feature an innovative human-machine interface, which has never been installed into a car before. But, many people are questioning the purpose of it, considering there are already things such as gesture controls and large touchscreens.
For those heading to the 2018 CES, you can look forward to the Kia Niro EV, as well as a demonstration of the first in-car 5G connection system and driver assistance technology.