It's well known that a battery-electric version of the Kia Niro will join the lineup soon, completing a range that now comprises the Niro Hybrid and the recently launched plug-in hybrid. 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 auto". "At CES we will share our strategy and vision for future mobility, and exhibit a range of advanced technologies that our customers can look forward to", said Dr. Woong-cheol Yang, Vice Chairman and Head of Hyundai-Kia R&D Center.
Kia has rolled into CES 2018 to unveil a new all-electric concept auto. A compact SUV that's fully electric, it's been designed with aerodynamic slipperiness in mind, though also serves as a test bed for some of Kia's other technologies in progress. The lights have been shrunk down, courtesy of new ultra-slim lamps.
Kia reckons that today's drivers view cars as merely "vehicles"; a big box to transport humans and dogs and empty crisp wrappers and old boxes and so forth. The safety system uses cameras to monitor for objects and is fitted with speakers to alert people who might be in the vehicle's way. It has been replaced by interactive display panel which can show various messages such as "Hello, CES".
New Kia Niro SUV revealed at CES
Inside, there's a new wraparound design to the dashboard, finished in silver, grey, and bronze. A digital display shows speed, powertrain, and other trip information. While Kia envisions owners using face recognition and voice control to "log-in" to their cars in the future. The company says it's equipped with a 150kW electric motor, along with a 64kWh battery pack. Kia says the concept achieves a driving range of 238 miles-matching the Chevrolet Bolt's EPA-rated range exactly. The steering wheel acts as a remote: the driver can "swipe" on a perforated leather area on the base of the two-spoke wheel, with different gestures serving to switch between music tracks, adjust volume and cabin ventilation settings.
Kia executives also hinted at a new longer-range electric Soul arriving soon, and said the next Cee'd - due in the summer - will have hybrid and electric options, as will the baby Stonic. Kia says it'll start that process in Europe, offering one-way trips rather than demanding the vehicle be returned to the same starting point.
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