Electric version of hybrid SUV is already on sale in South Korea; it'll arrive here following the Paris show in October

The new Kia Niro EV will be launched in Europe after making its debut in the region at the Paris motor show in October.

Sales for the model have just begun in South Korea, Kia's home market. Sales will commence in Europe after its Paris appearance.

Two specifications are available: a range of 280 miles from a 64kWh battery or 186 miles from a 39.2kWh battery. The latter is 3.4kWh up on the battery of the Volkswagen e-Golf, which has a real-world range of around 125 miles. 

From a 100kW charge point, Kia claims that the higher-capacity Niro EV will attain 80% charge in 54 minutes.

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The Niro EV, first previewed by a concept that was unveiled in January, is slightly slower in the 0-62mph sprint than the related Hyundai Kona Electric, at 7.8sec compared with 7.6sec, but with an output of 201bhp it is slightly more powerful, albeit with the same 291lb ft of torque as the Kona Electric. 

In addition to the usual driver assistance systems of automatic emergency braking and lane-keeping assistance, the Niro EV has Level 2 autonomous capability, akin to the Volkswagen Group's Traffic Jam Assist system, which follows traffic and steers the car within its lane, although the driver must keep hold of the wheel.

These are understood to be the specifications for cars that will reach roads in South Korea later this year and are likely to differ from the versions that will be arrive in the UK near the end of the year.

The Niro EV stands out from the hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions with a new front end incorporating a filled-in grille and a charging port, as well as arrow-like daytime running lights. At the rear, it has model-exclusive LED tail-lights.

Inside, there's blue trim to match the highlights on the exterior, while the centre console now accommodates a rotary drive selector in place of the gear selector. A 7.0in digital instrument display replaces the dials that can show powertrain information as well as the usual functions. 

Last month, Kia said it had received 5000 orders for the Niro EV in South Korea. It is sold there alongside the existing hydrogen fuel cell, hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions.

The Niro EV is part of Kia’s ACE (Autonomous, Connected and Eco/Electric) strategy, which plans to offer 16 electrified vehicles by 2025.

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4 May 2018

As there's very little if any competition in the 'cheap' SUV EV market

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

7 June 2018
xxxx wrote:

As there's very little if any competition in the 'cheap' SUV EV market

What are you on about? there is a British one for a mere £65,000 available right now. I have ordered 5, one for each of my cats.

11 August 2018

... owned by Tata of India

7 June 2018

I wonder if there is any boot left.

11 August 2018

it's a bigger car than the Hyundai Kona which is otherwise much the same under the skin

7 June 2018

These will impress who, exactly?

Perhaps if pointless automotive vajazzle like this was avoided we could have a slightly lower price?

20 July 2018
XLR8 wrote:

These will impress who, exactly?

Perhaps if pointless automotive vajazzle like this was avoided we could have a slightly lower price?

LEDs are not "vajazzle" in the slightest - they use 75% less energy than conventional bulbs (which give out more heat than they do light) so for a BEV they are essential.

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8 June 2018

Until the EVs can acheive a real world 500 miles plus on a charge they are not viable for most motorists, They also need to be able to be fully recharged in less than ten minutes. When they are I would buy one

 

 
 
 

8 June 2018

I drive over 30k a year but never drive more than 200 miles in one go. I don't often say this but the statement '500 miles mininum and then another 500 miles after 10 minutes charging is needed for most motorist' is complete rubbish.

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

20 July 2018
xxxx wrote:

I drive over 30k a year but never drive more than 200 miles in one go. I don't often say this but the statement '500 miles mininum and then another 500 miles after 10 minutes charging is needed for most motorist' is complete rubbish.

OMG we agree on something ! Most people, most of the time dont need "500 miles and then another 500 miles after 10 minutes of charging". A few do but most dont. In a few years this will be possible anyway.

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