2019 Kia Niro EV makes LA show debut with 239-mile range
Kia says its all-electric Niro can be recharged in under 10 hours.
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The Niro EV uses a 64-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack, with an electric drive motor good for 201 horsepower and 291 pound-feet of torque. Those are the same powertrain specs as the Hyundai Kona Electric, which boasts a slightly higher EPA rating of 258 miles per charge.
2019 Kia Niro
EV stands out from its other variants thanks to its grille-less nose and abundant "EcoDynamics Blue" accent pieces. Kia also says that the car's rockers, 17-inch wheels and fascias were restyled to reduce aerodynamic drag and thus boost range. Inside, the Niro EV will have blue accents for its seats, too. As is required by law, the Niro EV also produces artificial sounds at low speeds to help alert pedestrians and other drivers to its presence. As Kia said in a press release, the car, "makes a fantastic techy whirring noise when moving that evokes speedy sci-fi craft … so everyone knows it's coming."
The Niro EV will be able to use CCS DC fast charging to get an 80 percent charge in just one hour and 15 minutes. On a Level 2 charger -- the type you're most likely to find at a public charge point or to install in your garage -- the Niro EV can be fully charged in 9.5 hours. To help preserve battery power, there are four drive modes: Eco, Normal, Sport and Eco+. Drivers can also select the strength of the car's regenerative braking by pulling paddles on the steering wheel.
When the 2019 Kia Niro EV goes on sale in early 2019, it'll be offered in EX and EX Premium trim levels. Standard equipment on the EX will include three USB ports and a 7-inch infotainment system with
support, while the EX Premium will tout things like an 8-inch touchscreen, LED headlights, a heated steering wheel and ambient interior lighting. Kia says that pricing for the new electric hatchback will be announced closer to the Niro EV's on-sale date next year.
The 2019 Kia Niro EV ditches its grille to improve aerodynamics