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Kia e-Niro electric car REVEALED – World’s first cheap 300+ mile electric car?


Kia has launched the all-new electric e-Niro at the Paris Motor Show 2018.

Most impressively about the vehicle is the 301 miles of real-world range on the WLTP cycle it achieves on a single charge

Powering the car is an all-new electric powertrain including two different batteries including a 39.2 kWh and a 64 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery pack.

On the combined cycle the lower powered car comes with 193-miles of range on a single charge while the 64kWh produces 301-miles of range.

When plugged into a 100 kW fast charger, it takes only 42 minutes to recharge the e-Niro’s battery from 20 per cent to 80 per cent.

Models with the 64kWh battery pack are mated to a 150 kW (204 ps) motor, producing 395 Nm torque, enabling the e-Niro to accelerate from 0-to-62mph in just 7.8 seconds.

The standard 39.2 kWh battery pack is matched to a 100 kW (136 ps) motor, also producing 395 Nm torque, and accelerating to 100 kph from a standstill in 9.8 seconds.

It is front-wheel drive and harnesses regenerative braking technology to recuperate range and the Eco Driving Assistant System (Eco DAS) which advise drivers guidance on how to drive more efficiently.

Kia e-Niro electric car

Kia e-Niro electric car (Image: KIA)

Kia e-Niro electric car

Kia e-Niro electric car (Image: KIA)

A battery heating system is also fitted to the e-Niro, designed to insulate and warm up the battery while the vehicle is plugged in, minimising the adverse effects of cold temperatures.

There are also three driving modes – Normal, Eco and Sport – which modifies how much power can be delivered and change the characteristics of the powertrain.

The car’s design shares our of the same proportions as the Niro hybrid car but has a slightly sleeker design.

It has a number of exclusive features which distinguish it from he rest of the range which includes the new aerodynamic tiger nose grille, which boasts an integrated charging port.

There is also blue trim which outlines the headlights and new arrowhead LED daytime running lights as well as new 17-inch alloy wheels.

At the rear are redesigned bumpers with similar blue trim highlights as those at the front of the car and a bold new LED light design.

Kia e-Niro electric car

Kia e-Niro electric car (Image: KIA)

Inside the car is a newly designed centre console as there is no need for a gearbox in the e-Niro. In its place is a new ‘shift-by-wire’ rotator dial drive selector.

The exterior blue trim features on the car’s interior too, creations one semblance between the two and also differentiating it from other models in the range.

There is also a new mood lighting system illuminates the centre console and shift dial with subtle lighting, in one of six colours – white, grey, bronze, red, green, and blue.

At the centre of the dashboard is a new 7.0-inch touchscreen HMI which features some electric car-specific features such as a charger map.

In addition to the ,  console display is a new 7.0-inch colour-LCD driver instrument cluster which sits in front of the driver.

Kia e-Niro electric car

Kia e-Niro electric car (Image: KIA)

The car also offers around 451-litres of luggage compartment space.

Kia says that is has given the car more insulation to ensure it is not negatively affected by road and tyre noise while on the road.

It also is equipped with a number of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems which includes Forward Collision Warning with Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist, Smart Cruise Control with Stop & Go, High Beam Assist, Driver Attention Warning, and Lane Following Assist.

Emilio Herrera, Chief Operating Officer of Kia Motors Europe, commented: “A combination of cool crossover design and advanced powertrains led to more than 33,000 Niro sales across Europe in 2017, and more than 30,000 year-to-date in 2018, making it one of our best-selling models.

“Annual sales of electric vehicles across Europe are expected to reach 200,000 this year, rising to nearly one million units by the end of 2022, while the crossover market is also forecast to continue expanding in the coming years.

Kia e-Niro electric car

Kia e-Niro electric car (Image: KIA)

Kia e-Niro electric car

Kia e-Niro electric car (Image: KIA)

“The e-Niro is a clear demonstration of the progress Kia has made in delivering comfortable, practical and fun-to-drive vehicles that lead the way in zero-emissions driving.”

The car will enter production in the second quarter of 2018 and go on sale in select European markets by the end of 2018.

Hyundai has previously launched the Koan Electric compact SUV which benefits from prices that begin at £24,995 up to £19,495 for the 292-mile range car.

It is expected that prices for the e-Niro will be more expensive than the Kona.

Full UK specification, pricing and on-sale date will be announced in due course.



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