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2019 Kia Niro EV shown in Korea

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2019 Kia Niro EV shown in Korea

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I have been looking forward to the 2019 Kia Niro EV for a little while as it seems to want to give us a practical electric vehicle with few of the usual compromises. From what I was able to see from footage of the 2018 Busan International Motor Show in Korea, that still holds true for this new electric Kia.

The headline is the projected 280 mile range from the advanced batteries. The 2019 Kia Niro EV will come with two lithium-polymer battery packs. The car will achieve up to 280 miles of range for the 64 kWh battery and 150 miles of range for the smaller 39.2 kWh pack. These are Kia’s figures and have yet to be independently tested but even so, that’s an impressive range for an EV!

2019 Kia Niro EV
The 2019 Kia Niro EV  is a simplified design compared to the one we saw at 2018 CES. That’s both a shame and a benefit. The design is simple but effective and balances fitting into Kia’s existing design philosophy while also being distinct enough to stand out.

The Niro EV looks like the standard model in many ways except the filled-in grille. As there is no gasoline engine to require air, there is no need for the grille. It does retain the outline of the tiger nose but has the grille part filled. The new LED running lights do look very cool though in their arrowhead shape.

At the back, a slightly modified light setup and lower bumper and sill design along with lack of tailpipe differentiates this model from normally aspirated versions.

Inside, the 2019 Kia Niro EV gets blue instrument accents and a neat rotary controller below the centre stack. A new touchscreen is also present. The Niro will be available with collision warning and avoidance assist, lane following assist, reversing camera and likely more safety tech too.

The 2019 Kia Niro EV uses a single electric motor mounted centrally in the engine bay. It will be powered by one of those two lithium-polymer battery packs and charged from the mains. The motor is rated at the equivalent of 201 hp and will drive the front wheels.

If the 2019 Kia Niro EV comes close to the stated 280 mile range, it is going to set it apart from the competition in a big way. With pricing to be competitive to the Chevy bolt EV and a range that exceeds it, there will be many reasons why we will be seeing the newest Kia EV on our roads after its release next year.

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