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Kia shows off new Niro EV ahead of Paris Motor Show

EV version identical to current hybrid with unique grille, front fascia

Published: May 8, 2018, 2:30 AM
Updated: May 11, 2018, 4:11 AM

Kia Niro EV

Kia has released the first images of its Niro electric crossover, which is due for its public debut at the Paris Motor Show in September, then to be released in the Korean domestic market before expanding distribution to other world markets.

Kia Niro EV

Closely following the design concept introduced at CES 2018 in Las Vegas at the beginning of the year, the Niro EV is undistinguishable from the regular Niro hybrid from the side and rear, except for badging, and the front has the outline of the Niro hybrid but with the grille covered over, with the covered flap for the plug off to the left corner.

Collaboratively designed in Kia design studios in California and Korea, the EV also features unique headlights, lower front fascia air intakes and LED running lights, along with bright blue trimmings.

Kia Niro EV front fascia

Power comes from a new generation EV powertrain that uses new production technologies specific to Kia vehicles. It features a 39.2 kWh lithium polymer battery that grants 240 km of range, or buyers can opt for a larger high-capacity 64 kWh battery pack to push range to more than 380 km on a single charge.

Although we anticipate for teaser images over the spring and summer, full information, including equipment levels, is expected at the vehicle introduction during the media preview of the Paris Motor Show.