Kia Lucky Motor Corporation (KLMC) has introduced the second generation of its versatile Niro family, a C-segment Crossover SUV that has been in production since 2016. The new Kia Niro EV is an all-electric version of the gasoline-powered Niro Hybrid, and there is also a plug-in hybrid Niro. The Niro EV receives a new facelift inside and out, just like its hybrid and plug-in hybrid predecessors. The Niro EV is more spacious with a futuristic interior and comes with a huge package of the latest features and improved safety and driver assistance technology that offer more comfort and efficiency.
Power in the Kia Niro EV comes from a 64.8-kWh lithium-ion battery pack mounted with the electric motor that feeds the front wheels and offers up to 253 miles of range. The Kia Niro setup produces 394 Nm of torque and 201 horsepower, making it more powerful than the 139-hp hybrid and 180-hp plug-in hybrid models. It takes 6.7 seconds to reach 60 mph. Niro EV also comes with Normal, Sport, and Eco driving modes. The Niro EV is known for performance and luxury, designed to deliver a sporty ride, excellent handling, and decent utility.
With a 64.8-kWh battery pack, Kia Niro claims to be charged from 10 to 80 percent in about 45 minutes when connected to a DC fast charger. The Niro EV has an estimated range of 253 miles per charge, which is more than its predecessor.
Thanks to interesting lighting elements and two-tone body panels, the redesigned Kia Niro EV stands out more than its predecessor. The new version features a better stance, and more aggressive, bold high-mounted boomerang-like rear lights. From the side profile, it is more hatchback than an SUV. Niro EV has a beautiful front bumper design with an integrated charging port and chrome skid plate.
When it comes to inside, the new Kia Niro EV looks surprisingly different from its predecessor. Its interior is more spacious and has a futuristic look that offers you a premium feel. Niro EV incorporated angled surfaces into the door panels and the top of the dashboard that looks more stylish. The steering wheel has a distinctive two-spoke design and the centre console has plenty of extra storage space and an intuitive dial shifter to complement the rest of the easy-to-use cabin controls. The cabin offers plenty of legroom and headroom for its size and has small-item storage that appears to be plentiful.
The Niro EV’s infotainment system is controlled by a 10.25-inch touchscreen that comes with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. According to Kia, users can remotely access vehicle features with the new Digital Key 2.0 via their smartphone. Similarly, some operations can be managed by voice-command services like Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa.
A list of the advanced safety features and driver assist technology is as follows:
The all-new Kia Niro EV starts at $39,450. It comes with two EV trim levels; the Niro EV Wind is the entry-level model and the Niro EV Wave is the top model. According to the company, Niro EV new cars will be available in all 50 states.