New Kia Niro SUV revealed at CES

New Kia Niro SUV revealed at CES

Kia has not officially revealed the upcoming all-electric concept vehicle's identity, however, photos accompanying the automaker's announcement seemingly confirm that it will be the Niro EV.

Connected cars are also part of Kia's long-term plans. "At CES we will share our strategy and vision for future mobility, and exhibit a range of advanced technologies that our customers can look forward to", Dr. Woong-cheol Yang, the Vice Chairman/Head, Hyundai-Kia R&D Centre, said. The auto is likely to run on the same EV setup that is on the IONIQ EV so you can expect a similar performance with the vehicle from Kia. Kia expects that to be sufficient for around 238 miles of range. Speaking of which, an all-new, hydrogen-powered vehicle will appear in 2020, says Kia.

The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas is rapidly turning in to a de facto Motor Show, and Kia has chosen CES to debut the electric version of the Niro in concept guise.

The styling changes are pretty noticeable and one of the biggest modifications is the elimination of a traditional grille which is no longer required for engine cooling. That panel is created to display information like the battery's charge level.

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A new Active Pedestrian Warning System (APWS) builds on the now-de-rigeur combination of front-facing cameras by throwing in object recognition software and speakers mounted at the front of the Niro EV Concept.

Kia says the goal is "an innate sense of space and calm" inside the auto, which is enhanced by "soft shades of silver, grey, and bronze" on every piece of the interior.

Kia has adopted what it calls a "boundless" vision of future mobility, wherein the vehicle is no longer just a means of transportation, and developed the "ACE" action plan, which involves producing more Autonomous, Connected and Electrified cars over the course of the next decade.

As you can tell most of the interactions with the car's system are done via touchscreen, although you can even "login" to the vehicle using face and voice recognition. The service has already been launched in Korea but is expected to be rolled out to Europe later in 2018. If the concept has any bearing on a future production Niro EV, it won't simply be a rebodied version of the Hyundai Ioniq EV, which has a 110-mile range.

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