Kia Niro EV: Is It More Techy Than Motory?

Kia Niro EV Concept

Kia also promises 16 electrified vehicles by 2025, either hybrids or fully electric, as well as fuel cell-powered.

Since it doesn't have an engine to cool, the all-electric Niro has an interactive display panel instead of the grille you see on other Niros. A number of advanced safety technologies have been incorporated, for example an active pedestrian warning system that alerts pedestrians via speakers of the presence of an otherwise-silent vehicle.

Inside, there's a new wraparound design to the dashboard, finished in silver, grey, and bronze. The model was born in Kia's design studio in Korea.

Interestingly, Kia says the concept "draws inspiration from" the existing Niro, though it looks pretty close indeed to us. The steering wheel acts as a remote: the driver can "swipe" on a perforated leather area on the base of the two-spoke wheel, with different gestures serving to switch between music tracks, adjust volume and cabin ventilation settings.

As a concept auto, it has some very forward-thinking features, like full autonomous driving ability and a system that warns nearby pedestrians and bicyclists its presence, since electric cars can be almost silent at low speeds.

CES has also provided Kia with an opportunity to showcase its upcoming technologies with displays exhibiting its latest autonomous driving technologies, interactive features and a world first in-car 5G connection.

All this range is accomplished through a 64-kWh lithium-polymer battery pack paired with a single electric motor.

Kia Niro EV Concept
Kia Niro EV: Is It More Techy Than Motory?

The Niro EV concept is a nice follow-up to the Soul EV, which is rated at 111 miles of range.

Kia is laying out its electric vehicle plans at CES 2018 and it's not playing it safe, with a total of 16 EVs expected to be on the market by 2025.

On its global driverless vehicles programme, the company said, "Kia aims to commercialise Level 4 autonomous vehicles in smart cities from 2021 with a new Smart City pilot project".

Following in the footsteps of other automakers, Kia is getting serious about highly automated vehicles early next decade.

Connected cars are also part of Kia's long-term plans.

Next up, connected auto technologies will be a staple in every vehicle segment, with the goal to make every single model a connected auto by 2030.

The Kia Niro is a compact crossover SUV that debuted in hybrid form in 2016.

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