This is Kia's second electric car - the Niro EV
It offers two battery options - one with 280 miles of range, the other with 186 miles
UK prices and specs are yet to be confirmed
The EV version of the Niro gets individual styling and LED taillights
It also gets top-spec autonomous systems
...and gets from 0-62mph in 7.8sec, thanks to a 201bhp and 291lb ft motor
The Kia Niro EV will be sold first in Korea, before coming to Europe and the UK by year's end
Its design was revealed earlier this year at a separate event in Korea
The new Kia Niro EV has been unveiled in Korea, ahead of its European launch later this year.
A concept version of the Korean firm’s compact crossover was unveiled at the CES in Las Vegas in January, but the production version was shown for the first time at the International Electric Vehicle Expo in Jeju, before its full unveiling at the Busan motor show.
The Niro EV shown in Korea will get 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.
The Niro EV is slightly slower from 0-62mph than the related Hyundai Kona Electric, at 7.8sec to 7.6sec, but is slightly more powerful, at 201bhp, albeit with the same 291lb ft of torque.
In addition to the usual driver assistance systems of automatic emergency braking and lane-keeping assist, the Niro EV has Level 2 autonomous capability, akin to 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 the cars that reach roads in Kia's home market later this year and are likely to differ from the versions that will be sold in the UK, which are likely to arrive near the end of 2018.
The Niro EV is marked out from the hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions of the Niro 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, the Niro EV 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, with powertrain information presented, as well as the usual functions.
Kia says it received 5000 orders for the Niro EV in Korea, where it will be go on sale later this year 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, with a plan to offer 16 electrified vehicles by 2025.