Kia executive has cleared the waves of uncertainties by confirming that the 2019 Kia Niro ALL Electric SUV arrives in the 2018 calendar year. Kia is renowned for producing some of the most affordable and reliable vehicles, but it seems the carmaker is gradually switching to the eco-friendly spectrum.
This move became apparent when Kia tossed the Niro Hybrid in 2016 at the Chicago Auto Show. Hyundai and Kia frequently share underpinnings of their cars, even though they do not have the same badge engineering. A good case in point is the new Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid hatchback and the Kia Niro Hybrid wagon. Many of their components are identical, such as the platform and powertrain.
2019 Kia Niro ALL Electric SUV – Appearance
As mentioned above, South Korean automakers Kia and Hyundai share a host of substructures. As soon as Kia takes the wraps off its 2019 Kia Niro ALL Electric SUV, you will notice that the compact crossover is related to Hyundai Ioniq in many aspects. Kia’s chief operating officer in Europe, Michael Cole said the Niro Electric is undergoing tests on German’s public roads and would appear sometime next year. Regarding appearance, the 2019 Kia Niro ALL Electric SUV is taller and bulkier than the Ioniq.
It also has a lower range than the Ioniq Electric which records up to 124 miles. Recent publications hinted that the Niro all-electric crossover might have its range closer to 115 miles.
2019 Kia Niro ALL Electric SUV – Engine and Mileage
The new Kia Niro ALL Electric SUV is set to make do with the 28-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery. Earlier reports had suggested that the third derivative of the family would utilize the innards of the Kona Electric. It would be wise if Kia employed an engine from the $29,500 Hyundai Ioniq Electric as well as the Kona Electric.
The Ioniq Electric powertrain records only 124 miles of range, but the Kona Electric exceeds this in its offering. From our point of view, we expect to find the two battery pack options. The Kona Electric comes with a 39.2-kilowatt-hour battery as standard. Optionally, this electrified crossover ships with a 64.2-kilowatt-hour battery pack that translates to 310.686 miles on the European cycle. In reality, however, the 64.2 kWh Kona Electric crossover is likely to hold for a distance of between 210 and 240 miles. Meanwhile, the all-electric Niro uses an 88-kilowatt/120-hp electric motor to drive the front wheels.
2019 Kia Niro ALL Electric SUV – Possible Release Date and MSRP
Michael Cole confirmed that the 2019 Kia Niro ALL Electric SUV is due for launch next year at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. The production of the Niro plug-in hybrid started in March and is scheduled for launch later this year in the Netherlands.
Kia Motors USA has confirmed that the U.S plug-in hybrid Niro version arrives in the last quarter of this year as well. The 2017 Hyundai Ioniq Electric starts at slightly above $30,000 including destination fees. We expect the 2019 Kia Niro ALL Electric SUV to carry nearly the same price tag as the Ioniq Electric. Price variations will be minimal if at all there is any. More news and reports coming soon.