Kia first announced its intentions for a pure electric version of the Niro crossover during this year’s CES Show by showing off a concept version. Months later, the production version of this electrified Kia is now revealed complete with a 280-mile range.
In general, the production version of the Niro EV looks a lot like the concept and hybrid Niro. The overall design theme is very much in line with what we’ve already seen, but some of the concepts glitz and glam have been shed for production. For example, there’s no LED message board across the grille for production. Darn.
Kia will formally reveal the Niro EV at the upcoming Paris Motor Show. With that said, details are still a little scarce. All Kia is confirming (along with the above photo) is that the Niro will be powered by two battery options, a 39.2 kWh pack and 64 kWh pack, just like its Hyundai Kona Electric cousin. If the Kona is any indication, the Niro EV will only arrive in the U.S. with the 64 kWh pack, which will be rated at 280 miles of range on the WLTP cycle. This means that it’s more likely to have a rating near the Kona’s 250 mile range here in the U.S.
Power statistics and other details will be revealed in Paris. In the meantime, the Niro EV is shaping up to be a viable electric crossover.