Production version of all-electric show star at this year`s Consumer Electronics Show will arrive on sale this time next year
An all-electric Niro EV concept was Kia`s star offering at the Consumer Electronics Show at the start of the year, but now the production Niro EV has been spied testing for the first time, losing its concept car trappings in favour of more conventional styling.
Underneath the substantial masking, a fully electric Niro lurks. However, compared to the flamboyant CES concept, the production car will be toned down to broadly match the rest of the line-up. Some bespoke styling elements such as a subtle aerodynamic bodykit and a filled in grille are likely to be the only differentiators in terms of design.
The concept electric crossover revealed at CES back in January promises a 238-mile range, while this production car is tipped to go on sale early next year.
The EV concept`s exterior is a bold evolution of the existing Niro, with largely bespoke bodywork to make it more aerodynamic. The front-end features reshaped headlamps and a blanked-out grille incorporating an interactive display panel.
Side-on, there`s a distinctive, low-drag wheel design, while a gloss black lower bodykit also features. The back looks totally different, with slim LED headlamps and a curvy tailgate, plus a large `Niro EV` emblem on the bumper.
The main features of the Niro EV include what`s described as `beyond autonomous` driving technology, with a unique human-machine interface making its debut on the Kia. The cabin is bespoke to the concept, with bright materials, touch pad switchgear, ineractive lighting and a new digital dash display.
The concept also debuts an `Active Pedestrian Warning System` which combines front-mounted cameras with objection recognition tech to warn pedestrians or cyclists audibly that the car is approaching.
Under the skin of the Niro EV concept is a 150kW electric motor mated to a 64kWh lithium-ion battery pack. Kia claims that makes a normal driving range of 238 miles, with potential to extend that beyond 300 miles as battery tech progresses. No performance figures have been quoted yet.