CES 2018: All-Electric Kia Niro On the Way!

10 January, 2018, 01:38 | Author: Chad Mckenzie
  • Kia Niro EV Concept

The 2019 Niro EV will likely retain the smooth panel that replaces the brand's familiar "tiger nose" grille.

The Niro also debuts a new pedestrian warning system to counteract its silent propulsion that utilises cameras, object recognition and speakers to sound a warning the individual of the car's presence.

Kia 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. The model was born in Kia's design studio in Korea. The steering wheel acts as a remote: the driver can "swipe" on a perforated leather area on the base of the two-spoke wheel, with different gestures serving to switch between music tracks, adjust volume and cabin ventilation settings. Although, even without the LED badging at the rear, the all-electric concept vehicle's styling cues are consistent with the Niro's design language - from the shape of the rear hatch to the distinct front fenders. The ACE name is an acronym of the focal points - autonomous, connected, and eco/electric, so Kia also has plans for self-driving cars, with Level 4 autonomous driving technologies ready for 2021.

While still decidedly concept-y, the Kia Niro EV Concept looks like a fairly realistic image of what we can expect from Kia in the near future.

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The Niro EV concept is a nice follow-up to the Soul EV, which is rated at 111 miles of range.

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Following in the footsteps of other automakers, Kia is getting serious about highly automated vehicles early next decade.

In Level 4 autonomous vehicles, there is very high level of automation enabling a auto to operate without human input or control under select conditions of pre-defined areas or roads. It'll go hand in hand with the automaker's plans for connected and autonomous cars, too. The automaker will introduce connected auto technologies across every vehicle segment by 2025, and on all models by 2030. This Agent allows owners to lock the auto, start the engine, or perform a host of other functions remotely via Google Assistant on their phones or Google Home devices.

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