CES 2018: All-Electric Kia Niro On the Way!

CES 2018: Kia Unveils Niro EV Concept With 383 Km Range

Kia has not officially revealed the upcoming all-electric concept vehicle's identity, however, photos accompanying the automaker's announcement seemingly confirm that it will be the Niro EV. It'll go hand in hand with the automaker's plans for connected and autonomous cars, too. Dr Woong-chul Yung, the head of Kia's R&D centre, called it a manifesto "where everyone has the opportunity to enjoy the infinite value that future mobility will bring".

Kia will present three interactive, cockpit-style exhibits created to show how the company will incorporate new technologies to enhance communication and interaction between occupants and vehicles.

If that 238-mile figure sounds familiar, it's because that's the rated range of the 2017 and 2018 Chevrolet Bolt EV-the longest-range affordable electric vehicle you can drive out of a dealership today.

Kia also made it clear that it's getting serious about electrified vehicles.

CES 2018: All-Electric Kia Niro On the Way!
CES 2018: All-Electric Kia Niro On the Way!

Kia also showed off three "interactive, cockpit-style exhibits" at CES to display its new range of in-car technology, with systems for autonomous driving, an all-new human-machine interface (HMI) and what Kia claims to be the world's first in-car 5G internet connection. Like the absence of a front cooling grille, here replaced by an interactive display panel and "ultra-slim lamp technology".

Apart from the production model of the Niro EV concept, Kia says that they will also be rolling out no less than 16 new vehicles, all of which will use some form of electrification, by 2025. Despite sporting a familiar name, the all-electric compact SUV looks quite different to the Niro and Niro Plug-in Hybrid crossovers that are already on sale.

The bigger news is that the Niro EV concept is powered by a next-generation electric vehicle powertrain that pairs a 64 kWh lithium-polymer battery pack with a 150 kW electric motor. For example, the Niro EV Concept could theoretically limit its maximum power if it recognized a teen driver behind the wheel. An Active Pedestrian Warning System on the show auto uses a variety of sensors to spot potential "obstacles" and can sound an alert if a pedestrian walks in front of the vehicle.

The cabin features a wrap-around design and mixes silver, grey, and bronze colors. The automaker will introduce connected auto technologies across every vehicle segment by 2025, and on all models by 2030.

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