Kia Niro EV Concept makes its debut at 2018 CES

Kelley Robertson
January 10, 2018

Under that vision, Kia's "ACE" strategy will bring Level 4 autonomous vehicles to market in 2021, by 2025, Kia will introduce connected auto technologies and lastly Kia plans to introduce 16 new green vehicles by 2025.

The Kia Niro EV will be available later this year and boasts range comparable to the Chevy Bolt and Tesla Model 3.

Since we're talking about a silent EV, Kia fitted it with new technologies meant to enhance safety for pedestrians. "Due to launch in 2020, this FCEV will spearhead Kia's efforts to realize a zero-emission future for mobility".

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.

Kia also promises 16 electrified vehicles by 2025, either hybrids or fully electric, as well as fuel cell-powered. There will be five electric cars in the group as well as a fuel cell SUV likely twinned with the Hyundai Nexo that was also unveiled at CES. Designers also installed new headlights, a sportier front bumper, and a redesigned rear end with "clean and sharp trailing edges allowing air to flow more easily off the back of the vehicle".

Combining Kia's design strengths with a highly efficient battery-electric powertrain, the new concept represents the next step in the brand's ongoing journey to electrification.

As part of this strategy, Kia is exhibiting the Niro EV Concept at this week's CES event. Whenever the system detects pedestrians or cyclists, the vehicle plays an audible warning focussed specifically at the person to warn them of the vehicle's movement.

Sporting an interactive display panel in place of the front grille, the Niro EV Concept is more aerodynamically streamlined and features a digitally-minded, minimalist interior decor, the intention being to maximize relaxation and easy communication.

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.

Kia will display three different cockpit designs that show how their technologies can be adapted by future vehicles.

Powering the Niro EV Concept is a 64kWh lithium-polymer battery which drives a single 150kW motor.

Kia also wants to adopt connected auto technologies across every segment in its range by 2025.

KiaA teaser photo of the Kia Niro EV Concept.

Before that, meanwhile, there'll be an expansion of Kia's WiBLE auto sharing service.

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