Kia's Niro EV concept is a battery-powered 201bhp small SUV

Kia Plans Full Range Of Connected Cars By 2030 Under New Strategy

Kia's Niro EV concept is a battery-powered 201bhp small SUV

Kia hasn't given any specific timeline on when the Niro EV will go into production, but we expect a late 2018 arrival.

Connected cars are also part of Kia's long-term plans. Instead, Kia says the Niro EV concept has a range of 238 miles. As part of this, the manufacturer also aims to have a hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle on the road by 2020.

It appears that Kia is going to bring out the Niro EV at the upcoming CES 2018 - a tech-theme convention.

The styling changes are pretty noticeable and one of the biggest modifications is the elimination of a traditional grille which is no longer required for engine cooling. The all-electric Niro will use the same lithium-ion battery pack and electric motor as the Ioniq Electric, which provides an on-paper range of 174 miles.

Kia managers have not given any specific plans to produce the Niro EV Concept, but did say they plan to have 16 electrified vehicles by 2025, including five new hybrid models, five battery-electric vehicles and a fuel-cell electric auto.

Kia Niro EV Concept

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. To counteract its quietness, speakers sound an alert to passengers who are crossing in front of the auto, while lights provide an additional warning.

Kia say the Niro EV Concept is a showcase for its new ACE strategy (that's Autonomous, Connected and Eco/Electric), but strip away some of the concept bits and this is the production Niro EV. For example, the Niro EV Concept could theoretically limit its maximum power if it recognized a teen driver behind the wheel.

Inside, there's a new wraparound design to the dashboard, finished in silver, grey, and bronze.

As you can tell most of the interactions with the car's system are done via touchscreen, although you can even "login" to the vehicle using face and voice recognition.

"Virtual reality, self-driving cars and full vehicle connectivity were all once considered technologies of the distant future". Finally, the carmaker confirmed that it will commercialize level 4 autonomous vehicles in smart cities by 2021.

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