SPYSHOTS: Kia Niro EV spotted cold-weather testing
14 February 2018  Mick Chan     


The Kia Niro is set to spawn a fully-electric variant, as spotted by our spy
photographers. As pictured, the Kia Niro EV development vehicle is
undergoing cold-weather testing, and this will join a hybrid and a plug-in
hybrid in the electrified Niro line-up.

Technical details have yet to be confirmed, though for reference the EV
concept boasts of a 201 hp electric powertrain drawing power from a 64 kWh
lithium-polymer battery pack, providing the concept with a claimed driving
range of 383 km.

For comparison, the plug-in hybrid Niro is powered by a 1.6 litre Kappa GDI
[ice] engine producing 105 PS and 147 Nm of torque. This is paired with a
44.5 kW electric motor, fed by an 8.9 kWh battery pack, for a total system
output of 141 PS and 265 Nm of torque.

The forthcoming production version’s interior has yet to be seen, though it
can be expected to be visually more restrained than the concept’s and more
similar to the current production Niro’s, though likely with concessions to
its EV powertrain, such as a different instrument cluster. This EV will be
part of the company’s strategy for 16 electrified vehicles by 2025 ...

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