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Kia Niro EV concept to be revealed at CES

5th Jan 2018 5:50 pm

Korean brand to showcase electric concept version of forthcoming electric Niro SUV as well as other future innovations at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas next week.


Kia's press release only refers to the machine as an "all-electric concept car" although the Niro EV name can be clearly seen on the teaser images of the car that were released by the Korean firm. Other than this, so far few specifics of the concept have been revealed ahead of the show.

Kia says the concept will feature a “never-before-seen” human machine interface (HMI), along with a ‘motion graphic’ lighting system that will preview features with the 'potential' to be introduced in the coming years. This seems to suggest that not all the technology shown on the concept will necessarily be on the initial production version of the Niro EV.

The Niro is already available in mild-hybrid and plug-in hybrid forms. It is understood the electric version will use the same powertrain as Hyundai’s Ioniq EV. The Ioniq is available with the same three types of powertrains.

In addition to the concept, Kia will use CES to preview a range of new technology, including its latest autonomous system developments. Kia's display – labelled 'Beyond Autonomous Driving' – will feature three interactive cockpits that will highlight new driver assistance systems and HMI functions, along with what Kia claims to be the world’s first in-car 5G mobile data system.

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