2019 Kia Niro EV Rumors
When the Niro EV was first announced, under the production name Kia Niro Concept, the SUV came with an estimated range of 238 miles. That range compares with the Chevrolet Bolt EV and Tesla Model 3. Good, but hardly groundbreaking. But Kia seems to have upped their game, adding 42 more miles to a truly impressive range. The American measurement usually comes back as less than initial estimate, but you can still expect top-of-its-class numbers.
In terms of looks, the Kia Niro EV looks much like its non-electric counterpart. The biggest difference is a sealed-off front grille, a hallmark of electric vehicles. Besides that, you’ll see arrowhead-shaped LED daytime running lights, LED taillights, and a more aerodynamic, pinwheel-style wheel pattern.
Engine and Battery
The battery will be either a 39.2 or 64 kilowatt-hours version. We don’t know for sure, but the rumor is that only the 64-kw battery will reach the US. Regardless of battery option, the engine is estimated to put out 201-horsepower and goes from zero to 60 in 7.8 seconds.
The Kia Niro EV also has innovative technology. Driver aids, such as collision warning and avoidance assist and lane following assist, are onboard as well as a new interface that works via audio and heat detection. Gesturing toward and swiping at the screen or even steering wheel are enough to change the climate controls, volume setting, and more. In the Niro EV, the future has arrived earlier than anticipated.