Kia Niro EV now on sale in Korea; North American sales to begin in Q1 2019

The EV version of the Kia Niro crossover has gone on sale in Korea, joining the Niro’s existing Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid variants. The Korean carmaker says it has received more than 5,000 pre-orders for the new EV, which is to go on sale in Europe at the end of 2018, and in North America in the first quarter of 2019.

The Niro EV’s lithium-polymer battery pack is positioned low, beneath the trunk floor. It’s available in two sizes: 39.2 kWh, which delivers a range of 153 miles; and 64 kWh, with a range of around 239 miles. A 150 kW (204 ps) motor drives the front wheels, producing 395 N·m of torque and accelerating from 0-60 mph in 7.8 seconds.

The Niro EV offers a range of Kia’s Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, including Forward Collision Warning with Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist, Smart Cruise Control with Intelligent Stop & Go, and Lane Following Assist.

A 7-inch touchscreen controls the infotainment system and EV-specific features, and the instrument cluster resides in a second 7-inch color LCD. Cargo space is 16 cubic feet.


Source: Kia

  • GaryMulcahey

    Does this vehicle have any towing capacity at all?

    • Gyrogordini

      It should have, in due course. Kona may end up with towing capacity…

    • Thorbjørn

      Kia Norge (Norway) say they assume towing capability, but are waiting for confimation from factory. They have no assumtion on capasity.

    • Ramon A. Cardona

      Interesting question.

  • Steve Woots

    I wonder if / when it will get to Australia

  • William Volk

    I work with someone who has the PHEV version. It’s a really well made car. Hope the 64kwh version comes in at a decent price.

    • Marcus

      When is the PHEV coming to Canada is my question.

  • brenno

    I do hope this comes to Australia. Some competition against the Hyundai Kona and Renault Kangoo perhaps?