Kia has unveiled its Niro EV Concept at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show. The battery-electric concept is previewing a production version that will launch later this year leveraging what Kia calls its ACE strategy.
ACE stands for Autonomous, Connected and Eco. The strategy is at the foundation of all future Kia models, for which the Niro EV Concept checks all three boxes.
Given its venue for reveal, it comes as little surprise Kia is previewing several new technologies with this concept. Among the autonomous-like technologies is a new Active Pedestrian Warning System, which warns drivers of pedestrians. Other active safety features are also found on the concept.
From a connectivity perspective, the Niro EV Concept is previewing a new 5G cellular connection. The 5G data connection is powering a new Human-Machine Interface (HMI) system that includes gesture control and facial recognition.
On the eco side, the Niro EV Concept is powered by a 201 horsepower electric motor, which is supplied power by a 64-kWh battery pack. Kia claims the combination is good for about 238 miles of range on the concept.
All of these new features and electric powertrain are housed within a Niro that looks far more dramatic than the real-deal Niro found on Kia dealership lots today. The traditional grille has been swapped out by a solid surface that can display messages, while the sheetmetal has been more bulged out for a more aggressive look.
While a Niro EV is slated to launch later this year, not all of the ACE strategy being previewed with the concept will be the production car. Expected the production Niro EV to look like today’s Niro with minor changes, while the powertrain is expected to forklifted directly from the Hyundai Ioniq EV.