Kia Niro EV Concept Plugs Into CES

CES 2018 Kia Unveils Niro EV Concept With 383 Km Range

While it's pretty much similar to a regular Niro on the outside, small differences mark it out as an EV. They also plan to launch a vehicle interface which incorporates 5G connectivity, connecting all of their cars by 2030.

Kia vice-chairman Dr. Woong-chul Yang said: "Kia's connected cars will be both boundless and connected and offer a new kind of mobility experience".

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The Kia Niro EV Concept features a number of advanced driver assistance systems, though not all will make it into the production model, notably its prototype autonomous driving capabilities.

Kia also made it clear that it's getting serious about electrified vehicles.

It was under the body of an all-new, Niro EV concept, a fully electric crossover with a range of up to 383 km, that Kia unveiled its future projects. Like the absence of a front cooling grille, here replaced by an interactive display panel and "ultra-slim lamp technology".

Kia Niro EV Concept Plugs Into CES
Kia Niro EV Concept Plugs Into CES

The battery pack will power a 150 kilowatt electric motor.

Last a year ago, Kia Motors posted global sales of 2,746,188 units, decreasing 7.8 per cent from 2016.

Kia managers have not given any specific plans to produce the Niro EV Concept, but did say they plan to have 16 electrified vehicles by 2025, including five new hybrid models, five battery-electric vehicles and a fuel-cell electric auto. Kia says the current powertrain found here utilizes new production technology which will be applied to other near-future vehicles.

The cabin features a wrap-around design and mixes silver, grey, and bronze colors. Kia's system uses speakers in headrests along with active noise-cancelling to allow front-seat and back-seat passengers to listen to two different things simultaneously without disturbing the others, and without the use of headphones.

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.

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.

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