A lot of great things have been happening for Kia Motors in recent years, and most currently, they debuted a lineup of outstanding vehicles. At the 2018 LA Auto Show, the 2020 Kia Soul, 2020 Kia Soul EV, and 2019 Kia Niro EV were presented, and the 2020 Kia Telluride was revealed at the 2019 NAIAS. Kia Motors even showcased some pretty cool autonomous technology at the 2019 CES. Out of all of these, the Kia Niro EV was the most elusive. As we get closer to its release (date still yet unannounced), here’s everything we know about the 2019 Kia Niro EV.
Already Named Car of the Year
Back when the Kia Stinger first debuted, the vehicle won many awards before it was even released. Following the tradition, Kia Motors has yet to talk any details about when they plan to release the 2019 Kia Niro EV to the public, but in the European market, the Kia Niro EV has already been named “Car of the Year”. This award came from consumer magazine and website What Car? and the Kia Niro EV, called the e-Niro in European markets, is the first Korean car to win the prestigious award.
Out of the 23 competitors during a competition in Britain, including vehicles powered by gasoline, diesel, and even hybrids, the fully-charged zero-emissions Kia came out on top. This is thanks to its high-capacity 64 kWh lithium-polymer battery pack, known for travelling up to 280 miles. That’s one of the powertrains currently set for the 2019 Kia Niro EV. An optional 39.2 kWh battery system that can travel 150 miles was also once discussed, but at the moment, it has little spotlight.
The 2019 Kia Niro EV comes with rich technology set to entertain passengers and keep them protected. A six-speaker sound system is controlled through a 7-inch color touchscreen with a rearview monitor that will no doubt also come with some form of UVO infotainment, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and possibly a wireless phone charging cubby. On top of this, the Niro EV will come with several of Kia’s “Drive Wise” Advanced Driver-Assistance Systems (ADAS) standard.
Yes, standard safety features on the 2019 Kia Niro EV include: Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Automatic Emergency Brakes, Lane Keeping Assist (LKA), Blind Spot Collision Warning (BSW), and Adaptive Cruise Control. If opting in for the “Drive Wise” package, consumers will also get Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Driver Attention Warning (DAW), Smart Cruise Control with Stop & Go, Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Warning, and Parking Distance Warning with Forward and Reverse functionality. Some of these features can be real life savers, and are becoming a hallmark of Kia Motors safety.
Lineup of Style
Because this is an electric vehicle, the lineup is a little shorter than that of a gasoline-powered vehicle, as is the pattern. Without multiple powertrain options, the only difference an automaker can offer are premium and upscale amenities. Hence, the 2019 Kia Niro EV will be available as an EX or EX Premium trim. The Premium trim comes with an 8-inch touchscreen over the standard 7-inch, LED headlights, an 8-speaker Harman/Kardon audio system, heated steering wheel, mood lighting, parking distance warning system, and a “deluxe scuff plate”. Call anything “deluxe” and people will equate it to fancy.
Regardless, consumers get a sporty air intake, arrowhead-shaped LED daytime running lights, and a flush-mounted closed-off grille and subtle geometric pattern that houses the vehicle’s electric charging port. It all rides on Bespoke 17-inch “Aero” wheels with special blue interior accents. There’s Niro EV-exclusive seat upholstery with blue highlights, the available customizable “mood” lighting we mentioned, and a special blue and black high-tech “holographic” graphic door trim to complete the ensemble.
The 2019 Kia Niro EV is shaping up to be one sick electric vehicle (EV). Follow Miami Lakes Kia social media for more updates about the Kia Niro EV.