The all-new Kia e-Niro is the first fully electric crossover utility vehicle produced by Kia. With a range of 485 kilometres on the WLTP combined cycle, the all-electric e-Niro combines driving enjoyment, eye-catching design, crossover utility and a zero-emissions powertrain to create one of the most capable electric vehicles on-sale worldwide.
The e-Niro occupies a unique position in the market as an all-electric crossover, with intelligent packaging, high practicality, and a long-distance driving range. Buyers will also benefit from a range of dedicated electric vehicle (EV) in-car technologies, new safety features, and stand-out exterior and interior design.
Emilio Herrera, chief operating officer of Kia Motors Europe, commented, “A combination of cool crossover design and advanced powertrains led to more than 33,000 Niro sales across Europe in 2017, and more than 30,000 year-to-date in 2018, making it one of our best-selling models. Annual sales of electric vehicles across Europe are expected to reach 200,000 this year, rising to nearly one million units by the end of 2022, while the crossover market is also forecast to continue expanding in the coming years. The e-Niro is a clear demonstration of the progress Kia has made in delivering comfortable, practical and fun-to-drive vehicles that lead the way in zero-emissions driving.”
The new e-Niro joins existing Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid variants of the car, of which more than 200,000 have sold globally since the Niro’s introduction in 2016. To date, Europe has accounted for more than 65,000 sales of the hybrid crossover.
The e-Niro is to be Kia’s second globally-sold electric vehicle after the Soul EV. The new model made its European debut at the 2018 Paris Motor Show, and will go on sale in select European markets by the end of 2018.
The new Kia e-Niro will enter production in Q2 2018 at Kia’s Hwasung manufacturing facility in Korea, and will go on sale in select European markets by the end of 2018.