An all-electric version of the Kia Niro SUV has been unveiled at a special event in Korea, with expectations that it will be able to drive at least 380 kilometres on a single charge.
Kia New Zealand has confirmed it's interested in bringing the new Niro EV into New Zealand to join the other two Niro models already on sale early next year.
Following the successful introduction of the Niro Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid models locally in March, Kia Motors New Zealand says there is strong anticipation for the EV version.
Kia Motors NZ GM Todd McDonald says, “The acceptance of the Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid Niro models by New Zealand buyers has been exceptional.
“It has proved to us that there is a place in the regular market for a well-designed SUV that delivers astonishingly low fuel consumption.
“With petrol prices set to jump as a result of the incoming fuel taxes, there is every expectation that demand will continue to climb for all variants of Niro.
Kia describes the Niro EV as a sporty and versatile vehicle that combines driving enjoyment with eye-catching design and functionality while adding a new dimension to the eco-friendly compact SUV market.
The result of a collaboration between Kia's design centres in California and Namyang, Korea, the Niro EV incorporates the practicality and aesthetics of a compact SUV with a sleek, aerodynamic body and subtly sculptured surfaces.
The Niro EV is powered by Kia's next-generation electric vehicle powertrain, using new production technologies developed for Kia electric vehicles.
Equipped with a high-capacity 64 kWh lithium-polymer battery pack, the Niro EV is targeting a zero-emission range of over 380 kilometres on a single charge, or up to 240 kilometres when paired with an optional 39.2 kWh battery system.
Kia will introduce the new Niro EV to its home market in Korea during the second half of 2018, with other markets, including New Zealand, to follow in 2019.