2019 Kia Niro EV First Look
- All-electric hatchback joins hybrid, plug-in hybrid models
- Driver-adjustable modes and regen-brake settings
- Range pegged at 239 miles
- UPDATE: We've driven this car. Get details in our Kia Niro EV Review!
Kia unveiled an all-electric version of its Niro, marking the most-electrified version yet of its compact hatchback. The 2019 Kia Niro EV joins the existing gasoline-electric Niro hybrid, and the Niro plug-in hybrid.
The all-electric Kia Niro will use a 64-kWh motor that makes 201 horsepower and 291 lb-ft of torque. This new EV’s range is pegged at a respectable 239 miles, which would just edge that of the Chevrolet Bolt. On a DC fast charger, the new Kia Niro EV can be juiced to 80 percent capacity in 75 minutes. A full charge on a 240-volt line takes 9.5 hours, according to Kia.
Multiple drive modes, tech-forward features
The Niro EV will have four drive modes: eco, normal, sport and eco-plus, which optimize everything from brake regen level to the climate systems. Additionally, drivers can select from four levels of brake regeneration, ranging from 0 to the most aggressive setting, 3.
In addition to these driver-adjustable switches, the Niro’s tech-forward interior features a 7- or 8-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, plus standard wireless phone charging. Also impressive is the Niro EV’s suite of safety features, including automatic emergency braking, lane-keeping assist, blind-spot monitoring, and adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go.
The 2019 Kia Niro EV is expected to arrive next year, in select states such as California. Pricing is still to be announced, but for reference, the Niro plug-in model currently starts just over $28,000.
Check out all of the other debuts at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show