We’ve got a single spy shot of some Kia’s small crossover. As far as we can see, this could be only the rumored 2019 Kia Niro EV. The carmaker already announced the possibility earlier this year, so we are sure about this matter. Even though Kia has no too much experience in the “electric” business, the job will be pretty easy here. That’s because the compact crossover features pretty much the same technology as the Hyundai Ioniq and Kona.
Battery and Powertrain Options
Kia will offer two options under the hood (if we may say so). The starting model will use a 39.2 kWh battery, which should enable a driving range of 130 miles. That’s not bad at all, but in case you don’t want to worry about every crossed mile, it’s better to choose an optional 64.2 kWh unit. If we have the right information, the bigger battery will boost the range up to 310 miles. The 2019 Kia Niro EV will be a more potent option from Hyundai’s Ioniq for sure. Unofficially, the electric crossover will host two powertrains. The smaller one will likely be limited to 130 horsepower, while the topper should get around 200 ponies.
Exterior and Interior Changes
Although there is no need for any kind of exterior changes, the 2019 Niro EV will host a few new details. The compact crossover will get a redesigned grille and different bumper. The electric motor doesn’t need the current airflow. Moreover, the need for cooling is minimal, which is the main reason why the grille and bumper might be redesigned. The rear end may also host some changes. More precisely, it’s going to lose its exhaust pipe.
The cab will feature just a few minimal changes. The biggest difference will be a lack of a typical transmission. It’s EV, so the typical shifter is out of the question. In addition, the infotainment system should be upgraded. No, we don’t think on any kind of design change, but on the updated software.
Our trusted source claims that the 2019 Kia Niro is already scheduled for the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. He also says that the price should float from $35,000 to $43,000 depending on powertrain and battery.