Kia has rolled into CES 2018 to unveil a new all-electric concept auto. 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".
After unveiling the new Kia Niro Plug-in Hybrid in Los Angeles last fall, the South Korean automaker got to work on a new version of the model. Kia's fuel SUV will arrive in 2020. There are cameras and speakers mounted on the front of the vehicle.
Another cockpit showcases a feature that allows rear passengers to listen to different music from front passengers, made possible by noise-cancellation technology creating two separate zones in the auto.
Under the Connected pillar, Kia will offer connected technology in every market segment by 2025, with every single model featuring such systems by 2030.
The Niro EV concept's interior is considerably different from that of today's production vehicle, with a "pure, minimalist, and digital" look and broad, smooth surfaces in a horizontal layout.
Kia Niro EV Concept at 2018 CES Manufacturer image
A combo of front view cameras, "object recognition tech" and front speakers basically sound an alert specifically at the pedestrian in question, warning them of the car's presence. It is fitted with a 201bhp electric powertrain with power coming from a 64kWh lithium-polymer battery pack.
In addition to the Niro EV, Kia is also showcasing a number of advanced auto technologies at CES, including what it claims is the first in-car 5G connection. "Due to launch in 2020, this FCEV will spearhead Kia's efforts to realize a zero-emission future for mobility".
Next up, connected auto technologies will be a staple in every vehicle segment, with the goal to make every single model a connected auto by 2030.
Kia didn't reveal a lot about the Niro EV Concept's "next-generation electric powertrain", beyond saying it used "new production technologies earmarked for near-future EVs from Kia" and that the 64-kwh battery was "paired with a powerful 150-kilowatt [200-horsepower] electric motor".
At CES 2018, Kia actually presented several new autonomous driving technologies, which it intends to test on roads beginning in 2021, as well as the world's first 5G connection for cars.