All-electric Kia Niro unveiled at CES 2018

Kia Niro EV concept

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The profile draws inspiration from the current Kia Niro, with a similar window line and wide C-pillar, as well as an elevated body.

As mention at the start, Kia's "ACE" strategy involves three components, where autonomous involves the company planning to commercialise Level 4 autonomous driving technology. "Due to launch in 2020, this FCEV will spearhead Kia's efforts to realize a zero-emission future for mobility", says Dr. Woong-chul Yang, vice chairman and head of Kia's R&D center.

Kia will present three interactive, cockpit-style exhibits created to show how the company will incorporate new technologies to enhance communication and interaction between occupants and vehicles.

KiaA teaser photo of the Kia Niro EV Concept.

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

In terms of mechanical credentials, the Niro EV Concept comes with a ready for production series high-capacity 64kWh lithium-polymer battery pack hooked to a single 150 kW motor - and Kia mentions the powertrain is part of a next-generation unit that will be used in the near future for series produced vehicles.

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For instance, since the traditional grille is no longer required for cooling the engine, Kia's designers have replaced it with an interactive display panel.

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.

A new Active Pedestrian Warning System (APWS) builds on the now-de-rigeur combination of front-facing cameras by throwing in object recognition software and speakers mounted at the front of the Niro EV Concept.

The cabin features a wrap-around design and mixes silver, grey, and bronze colors.

Last a year ago, Kia Motors posted global sales of 2,746,188 units, decreasing 7.8 per cent from 2016. The concept also features a never-seen-before human-machine interface (HMI) and an advanced new "motion graphic" lighting system, previewing the potential for these technologies for market introduction in coming years.

Kia claims the compact Niro EV will have a driving range of 383 kilometres thanks to a 64 kWh battery which powers the 150kW electric motor. The idea behind this is to let users at the front and back listen to different music if they like without disturbing each other or without having to use headphones. Kia says it'll start that process in Europe, offering one-way trips rather than demanding the auto be returned to the same starting point.

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