2018 Kia Niro EV Confirmed

Hyundai Ioniq isn’t the only model with three types of the powertrain. We already know that Kia Niro comes as a hybrid, and we also know that they will extend offerings with Niro plug-in hybrid as well. And even that is not all since Kia confirmed that by 2018 there will also be an all-electric model. Kia already has Soul EV, but what will 2018 Kia Niro EV have in store for us?

2018 Kia Niro EV-front view

Note: Image of 2017 Kia Niro Hybrid

2018 Kia Niro EV – Design

The first thing, of course, is the absence of air intakes so we would probably have a clean sheet in the front fascia. It is unknown whether the charging port will be in front like on Soul EV or they will choose the more commonplace on the side. Other than that, there should be no other differences with current hybrid and plug-in hybrid. The interior will be usual as well, with the only differences about information system. We’ll have the standard instrument cluster with changes that are oriented to the all-electric type of vehicles.

2018 Kia Niro EV – Powertrain

Kia and Hyundai often share their underpinnings. So that was the case with hybrid and plug-in hybrid Niro. In other words, exactly the same electric motor will lie under the hood of 2018 Kia Niro EV as in Hyundai Ioniq Electric. That means 118 horsepower and 218 lb-ft of torque. There were reports that Niro EV will also have the same battery, but that is highly unlikely. The only reason we find hard to believe that this crossover SUV will have 28-kWh battery pack is that even at the current moment that is low. Ioniq Electric already has plans to further increase range, and even 2018 Kia Soul EV will get a bigger battery pack. In other words, we expect at least 30-kWh batteries inside Niro EV, which would be the same as new all-electric Soul.

2018 Kia Niro EV-rear view

Note: Image of 2017 Kia Niro Hybrid

2018 Kia Niro EV – Range

FWD will be the only type of drive. With Niro being heavier and taller than Ioniq, it’s not hard to assume that Niro EV will have less range than Ioniq’s 128 miles per full charge. But since we think that Niro will have slightly bigger batteries than current Ioniq, the range should be around 130 miles. Of course, that is way less than some other vehicles that already have a 200 miles+ range.

2018 Kia Niro EV – Release Date

Chief operating officer of Kia Motors Europe confirmed that we can expect all-electric Niro in the beginning of 2018. Although it’s too early to talk about pricing options, Niro EV will come with a fairly larger price than its hybrid and plug-in hybrid counterparts.

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