CES 2018: Kia Niro EV blows audience with its range claims

Posted January 10, 2018

We'll of course be keeping you up to date on additional details regarding the Kia Niro EV as it gets closer to production.

As mention at the start, Kia's "ACE" strategy involves three components, where autonomous involves the company planning to commercialise Level 4 autonomous driving technology.

Kia reckons that today's drivers view cars as merely "vehicles"; a big box to transport humans and dogs and empty crisp wrappers and old boxes and so forth.

Kia showed off a new all-electric SUV concept Monday that it hopes will have a range of 238 miles on a single charge. Replacing it is a pair of very thin lamps and a smooth, interactive display panel.

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The Niro EV is expected on sale later this year and is one of 16 electrified vehicles Kia will launch by 2025. Kia points out that the Niro EV isn't based on Hyundai's Ioniq platform and uses a 204PS electric motor that draws energy from a 64 kWh battery pack.

The Niro is now available as a straight-up hybrid, powered by a 1.6-litre petrol engine and an electric motor, or as a plug-in hybrid version called the Niro PHEV.

The study is powered by a next-generation EV powertrain that will be utilized in future EVs from Kia.

The cabin features a wrap-around design and mixes silver, grey, and bronze colors. The vehicle's Active Pedestrian Warning System (APWS) features a combination of front view cameras, object recognition technology and front speakers.

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Kia debuted different cockpits demonstrating technology for the Niro EV concept.

Should the system detect a pedestrian or cyclist crossing in front of the auto, the speakers sound an alert targeted specifically at that person, warning them of the car's presence.

Along with the concept vehicle reveal, Kia Motors also presented its "Boundless for all" vision, which paints a future with infinite transportation and mobility opportunities. These "Smart City" autonomous vehicles will commence testing later in 2021. As a matter of fact, a virtual reality simulator is now at Kia's booth at CES, giving participants the opportunity to live the "connected car" experience, which allows cars to communicate with each for improved safety, all in real time.

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